Friday, January 08, 2010

Announcement from NISO.
Please mark your calendars to attend NISO's upcoming free monthly teleconference call, to be held on Monday, January 11, 2010 from 3-4 p.m. (eastern). For the January 2010 NISO Open Teleconference call, please join us to hear from our guest speaker Karen Coyle, member of NISO's Architecture Committee, to hear about current work in that committee, particularly on the NISO Framework, a tool that documents series of criteria for evaluating new and potential work projects in NISO.

This Open Teleconference conversation is part of an ongoing series of month calls held on the second Monday of each month as a way to keep the community appraised of NISO's activities. It also provides an opportunity for you to provide feedback to NISO on our activities or make suggestions about new activities we should be engaging in.

The call is free and anyone is welcome to participate in the conversation. To join, simply dial 877-375-2160 and enter the code: 17800743.

Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative 2010 Annual Meeting

The annual Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative meeting will be held on February 4 and 5, 2010, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. Everyone is invited to attend.

Speakers this year include Dr. Andrew Torget from the University of North Texas, who will ask "Can Historians Survive the 21st Century?" Additional presentations will include discussions on GIS and Historic Maps, Storage Basics, Digital Asset Management Systems for Archivists, a panel discussion with funding agencies and foundations about their priorities and purposes, and a series of "5 minute updates" from various digital projects around the state.

Two pre-meeting workshops will be offered on February 4: "Distributed Preservation Networks: Challenges and Opportunities," and "An Introduction to Digitizing Video and Film.


The registration fee for the meeting is $25, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Each workshop has an additional $15 registration fee. Event registration is handled by Amigos Library Services (registration page coming soon!).

Hotel Information

For those of you planning your travel, we have reserved a block of rooms at the La Quinta Inn at near the Wildflower Center at the rate of $65 plus tax for the evenings of February 4 and 5. To reserve a room, please contact the hotel at 1-866-527-1498 and use the Texas State Library's group reservation number, 0478GRDHIG, by January 13.

For more information.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference

Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference 2010 February 1 - 3, 2010 AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center at The University of Texas Austin, TX, USA

Last chance to register for the Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference is Friday, January 8, 2010

ER&L '10 Abstracts and Session Titles

Preconference Details:
Three preconference workshops are planned for Sunday, January, 31, 2010. The morning workshop is "Marketing E-Resources Successfully". The two afternoon workshops are "Processing, Storing, and Viewing Use Data" and "Current Dilemmas in Information Ethics: Changing Rules of the Game". More details

ER&L '10 conference details are online.

I'm registered and looking forward to the conference.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Topic Maps and the Catalog

Topic Maps and Catalogues of Museums, Libraries and Archives by Liliana Melgar.
This case study is about the usage of Topic Maps for catalogues of Museums, Libraries and Archives. The first part describes two projects using Topic Maps by implementing data with the FRBR-model. The second part of the study concentrates on another two projects that uses the Topic Map paradigm to integrate several catalogues.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Semantic Markup of Bibliography

The Academic Bibliography and Institutional Repository of Ghent University is using microformats and linked data. The weblog, TekTok - Digital Library Technology Blog, describes the decisions and formats involved.
In light of our recent study "DRIVER Technology Watch Report", we've started a little experiment adding semantic annotations to all records stored in the Academic Bibliography. With help of minor changes to the application, which are invisible to the human eye but easily readable by machines harvesting our web pages, we hope to gain insight in new models for data exchange.
Lots of APIs to access the data too.

Happy Year of Cataloging Research

The Association of Library Collections and Technical Services and the Cataloging and Classification Section have declared 2010 to be the Year of Cataloging Research.