Friday, June 18, 2010

Changes to the Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes

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News from LC.
In making available changes to MARC to accommodate RDA, the Library of Congress published lists of terms and codes for RDA content, media, and carrier types.  Upon further consideration we have determined that the source codes do not adequately reflect the source material (RDA) as is usually the case.  Therefore, before the beginning of the RDA tests and use of these codes, they have been changed to conform to the common pattern.  The new codes have replaced the ones formerly indicated in the Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes list for Genre/Form Term and Code Sources. See the genre/form source code list for current usage in MARC fields and MODS/MADS elements.

The new codes may be used immediately for RDA records.

Genre/Form Term and Code Source Codes
The following source codes have been changed on the Genre/Form Code and Term Source Codes list.
rdacarrier (formerly marccarrier)
Term and code list for RDA carrier types
rdacontent  (formerly marccontent)
Term and code list for RDA content types
rdamedia  (formerly marcmedia)
Term and code list for RDA media types
The names of the respective value lists have also been changed to those indicated above in order to reflect their content (see the listing of value lists, Value Lists for Codes and Controlled Vocabularies).

The Library of Congress, Network Development and MARC Standards Office provides information about existing and newly assigned source and value codes on its Web site.

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Another Ebook Reader?

Lately I've had technolust for an ebook reader. This is something I can resist, but it does make me more aware of the market. I've played with the Nook when at B&N. Checked out the Sony at Boarders. Now another player has entered the market, the Nintendo DS. A new offering for the DS is 100 Classic Books. I can't see reading books on a DS, maybe the DS XL would be better, but some people do read books on phones and those screens are even smaller. And many people already have a DS, so maybe adding a few books to the game mix would work for some people. My DS already is a Web browser, MP3 player, notepad, and camera, as well as a gaming platform. Books would be just another part of the mix. I do think I'll still keep looking for a perfect e-ink reader. Might be years.

Any libraries planing to buy 100 Classic Books for their collection?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Vocabulary Control in Omeka

Omeka now offers Simple Vocab and Library of Congress Subject Headings Plugins.
We’ve written two plugins for administrators who want to make data entry easier and more reliable. With the Simple Vocab plugin you can define a controlled vocabulary for any field using a simple interface. It even helps you build vocabularies using texts that already exist in your archive. The Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) plugin adds an autocomplete feature to your Dublin Core’s Subject element, pulling results from Library of Congress’ considerable database of subject headings. Happy data entry!

2010 Midwinter MARBI Meeting Minutes

The 2010 Midwinter MARBI Meeting minutes are now available online.

Monday, June 14, 2010

NISO Teleconference

There will be a free NISO teleconference covering the recent ISO meeting. Recordings of past teleconferences are also available.
Please join us on Monday, June 14, from 3-4 p.m. (eastern) for a free teleconference where NISO Managing Director, Todd Carpenter, will give a summary of the May meeting in South Korea of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 46 on Information and Documentation. Three of the TC46 subcommittees also met in Korea. NISO is the Secretariat for SC9, Identification and description, where many of the most widely used standards in our community (ISBN, ISSN, ISMN, ISTC, etc.) originated. There are a number of international standard development projects underway that are of interest to the NISO community, including the DOI system, a two-part thesaurus standard, and the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), to mention a few. This teleconference is a great way for you to get a synopsis of everything that is happening in ISO TC46 and ask any questions.

This Open Teleconference is part of an ongoing series of monthly 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. See the full list of 2010 calls at

June 14: Report of ISO TC 46 Meeting
Tel.: 877-375-2160
Conference code: 17800743

Multiple Format Resources

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Gary Price from Resource Shelf alerted me to the study FRBR and RDA: Advances in Resource Description for Multiple Format Resources by the Initiative for Equitable Library Access of the Library and Archives Canada.
The multiple formats issue has been a challenge that current cataloguing standards were unable to resolve. This paper describes the multiple formats issue and demonstrates how the issue is resolved through a new pespective on bibliographic data and a new cataloguing standard. The new perspective on bibliographic data comes from the conceptual model, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). The new standard is Resource Description and Access (RDA), which is built on the theoretical framework expressed in the FRBR conceptual model. RDA and FRBR, the conceptual model on which RDA is founded, resolve the multiple formats issue and point the way for improved access to resources for all users, and particularly for users with print disabilities.