Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cartographic Genre/Form Terms

News from LC about cartographic genre/form terms.
In February, 2009, the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) of the Library of Congress announced the beginning the genre/form project for cartographic materials. As with previous projects, PSD is reexamining current subject headings and subdivisions to determine whether any changes should be made to their structure and/or to the ways that they are assigned.

PSD is requesting input from the library community regarding a possible change to the structure of most of the form subdivisions in the area of cartography. A discussion paper that provides an analysis of the current subdivision structure, the impact that the genre/form project will have on cataloging and resource discovery, and a solution to ameliorate the negative impacts, has been posted on PSD’s genre/form web page.

They are seeking comments.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

OCLC Research Software Contest

News from OCLC.
The Third OCLC Research Software Contest is well underway, but there is still time to enter.... The winning entry will receive $2,500 and an expenses-paid trip to OCLC headquarters in Dublin, OH. Entries are due by the end of June and the winner will be announced before the end of July.

Judging criteria includes:
  • Value to libraries, archives or museums
  • Use of OCLC services or data
  • Originality
  • Clean architecture and design
The judges are:

Kevin Clarke, Apallachian State University Karen Coombs, University of Houston Thom Hickey, OCLC Tod Matola, OCLC Jonathan Rochkind, Johns Hopkins University Ross Singer, Talis (and the winner of the Second OLC Research Software
Contest), Roy Tennant, OCLC

Don't let this opportunity pass to pick up a cool $2,500 and the chance to have your coding prowess recognized!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Creating Catalogues

Creating Catalogues: Bibliographic Records in a Networked World is a new report from the Research Information Network.
Creating Catalogues: bibliographic records in a networked world, is a very timely overview of the whole process of bibliographic record production for printed and electronic books, and for scholarly journals and journal articles. This report follows the production of these data from publisher through a range of intermediaries to the end user. Whilst there are pressures to make these data more freely available, each player in the process has its own motivations and business models in creating, adding to, using or re-using bibliographic data, all of which need to be considered.

We find that there would be considerable benefits if libraries, along with other organisations in the supply chain, were to operate more at the network level but that there are significant barriers in the way of making significant moves in that direction.