Friday, October 08, 2010

Taxonomy Evaluation

Monte Carlo Study of Taxonomy Evaluation by Alexander Ulanov, Georgy Shevlyakov, Nikolay Lyubomishchenko, Pankaj Mehra, Vladimir Polutin might be of interest.
Ontologies are increasingly used in various fields such as knowledge management, information extraction, and the semantic web. However, it is useful to know the quality of a particular ontology before deployment, especially in the case when there are numbers of similar ones. Ontology evaluation is the problem of assessing a given ontology from the point of view of a particular criterion of application, typically in order to determine which of several ontologies would better suit a particular purpose. An ontology contains both taxonomic and factual information. Taxonomic information includes information about concepts and their association usually organized into a hierarchical structure. This paper addresses the evaluation of such taxonomies.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Cataloging Correctly for Kids

Cataloging Correctly for Kids: An Introduction to the Tools has a new edition, the 5th.

Introduction, by Sheila S. Intner

  1. Guidelines for Standardized Cataloging for Children
    Joanna F. Fountain for the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, Cataloging and Classification Section, Cataloging of Children’s Materials Committee
  2. How Children Search
    Lynne A. Jacobsen
  3. Cataloging Correctly Using AACR2 and MARC 21
    Deborah A. Fritz
  4. Copy Cataloging Correctly
    Deborah A. Fritz
  5. Cataloging Correctly (Someday) Using RDA
    Deborah A. Fritz with Lynnette Fields
  6. Authority Control and Kids’ Cataloging
    Kay E. Lowell
  7. Using LC’s Children’s Subject Headings in Catalogs for Children and Young Adults: Why and How
    Joanna F. Fountain
  8. Sears List of Subject Headings
    Joseph Miller
  9. Dewey Decimal Classification
    Julianne Beall
  10. Cataloging Nonbook Materials
    Sheila S. Intner and Jean Weihs
  11. How the CIP Program Helps Children’s Librarians
    Joanna F. Fountain and Michele Zwierski
  12. Cataloging for Kids in the Academic Library
    Gabriele I. Kupitz
  13. Cataloging for Non-English-Speaking and Preliterate Children
    Pamela J. Newberg
  14. Automating the Children’s Catalog
    Judith Yurczyk
  15. Vendors of Cataloging for Children’s Materials
    Pamela J. Newberg and Jennifer Allen

Monday, October 04, 2010

Children's and Young Adults' Cataloging Program

A logo of the Unites States Library of Congres...Image via WikipediaNews from LC.
The Library of Congress, U.S. and Publisher Liaison Division is pleased to announce that as of September 2010 the Annotated Card Program is officially renamed the Children's and Young Adults' Cataloging Program. The Library of Congress initiated the Annotated Card Program in the fall of 1965 and it is one of its oldest programs. Though renamed, the program will continue to provide the same services. The new name, which now contains the word "cataloging," better defines the activity of the program. The inclusion of "children" and "young adult" in the name specifically identifies the audience for the types of materials handled by the program.

The Children's Literature Section, under the U.S. and Publisher Liaison Division, is responsible for the Children's and Young Adults' Cataloging Program. It catalogs the wide range of fiction material published for children and young adults. The records created, which include an objective and succinct summary of the book, are primarily used by publishers, school libraries, and public libraries. The section also develops new children's subject headings, proposes changes to existing headings, monitors the policies and practices of children's cataloging, keeps abreast of trends in children's publishing, and responds to queries related to the cataloging of children's and young adults' material. The Children's Literature Section actively participates in the American Library Association Committee on Cataloging of Children's Materials and solicits its advice and feedback when developing policy for children's cataloging. The section will continue the services of the program under its new name, Children's and Young Adults' Cataloging Program.