Friday, July 30, 2010

PURL Community Site Moves

I've always had a soft spot for PURLs. They never caught on like I thought they should have. However, they are still around and you can keep up with community news at Google Code now.
The PURL Open Source Software community site at has been migrated from Zepheira's servers to Google Code. Accordingly, the mailing lists hosted at are also migrating to a Google Group.

Please read this message carefully to avoid missing mail!
  1. The DNS domain will redirect to the Google Code site, but you may wish the direct URL in case of any DNS migration issues. It is:
  2. The direct URL for the new Google Group is:
-> Please subscribe! All new messages will go there. No new messages will be sent to the mailing lists!

Thursday, July 29, 2010


The new issue of TechKNOW is now available. July 2010, Volume 16, Issue 2
  • AutoIt for Technical Services Workflow / Becky Yoose, Miami University Libraries
  • Coordinator's Corner / Fred Gaieck, Ohio Reformatory for Women
  • Book Review: Introducing RDA: A Guide to the Basics / Chris Oliver
  • BarTender Software Allows Dayton Metro to Eliminate Stickers, Streamline Workflow / Andrea Christman, Dayton Metro Library
  • US RDA Testing Period
  • Book Review: Acquisitions in the New Information Universe: Core Competencies and Ethical Practices / Jesse Holden
  • LCSH Headings for Cooking and Cookbooks Have Been Changed

OCLC a Monopoly?

In a move that could have far-reaching implications for competition in the library software and technology services industry, SkyRiver Technology Solutions, LLC has filed suit in federal court in San Francisco against OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. The suit alleges that OCLC, a purported non-profit with a membership of 72,000 libraries worldwide, is unlawfully monopolizing the markets for cataloging services, interlibrary lending, and bibliographic data, and attempting to monopolize the market for integrated library systems, by anticompetitive and exclusionary practices.
Seen on the Library Technology Guides site.

New Greek Romanization Table

News from ALA.
The ALA Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) has approved the consolidated Greek romanization table of April 2010. This revised table differs from the existing table only in the inclusion in the consolidated table of two archaic letters and additional examples. The consolidated table also does not include Coptic for which a separate table will be developed. The approved consolidated table has replaced the existing table on the Cataloging and Acquisition Web site ( and will be published in the Summer 2010 issue of Cataloging Service Bulletin. The Policy and Standards Division wishes to express its gratitude to those who commented on the draft table.