Friday, January 07, 2011

Hosted ILS

Any vendors reading this? If so MPOW, The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), is considering a hosted solution for our catalog.

The LPI is a non-profit research center. We are eligible for GSA pricing. The Library contains about 25,000 titles and 65,000 items records. There about about 25,000 authority records. We have about 300 card-holders.

If your company has a SaaS ILS, and I've not yet contacted you, please send me information.

If anyone is showing their product at the Texas Library Conference I'd like to examine it there and talk to you in-person.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Additions to Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes

News from the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress.
The source codes listed below have been recently approved. The codes will be added to the applicable Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes lists. See the specific source code list for current usage in MARC fields and MODS/MADS elements.

The codes should not be used in exchange records until 60 days after the date of this notice to provide implementers time to include newly-defined codes in any validation tables.

Subject Heading and Term Source Codes

The following source codes have been added to the Subject Heading and Term Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

Catalogue collectif suisse des affiches (Berne: Bibliotheque nationale suisse)
JURIVOC (Lausanne: Tribunal federal)
Solstad: emneord for Solstadbibliografien (Oslo: Nasjonalbiblioteket)
Subject headings for school and public libraries = Encabezamientos de materia para bibliotecas escolares y p£blicas (Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited)

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

TLA Awards

The deadline is fast approaching for the Texas Association Library awards. Even if you or the person you nominate doesn't win it is still good to recognise merit. Supervisors, your employees will appreciate that you think highly enough of their work to nominate them. Your library, project or deserving individual will at least be exposed to the Awards Committee and maybe all of TLA. This is an excellent tool for marketing as well as rewarding.

Taxonomy Resources

Heather Hedden shares her Taxonomist Tipples in the latest Free Pint.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials

Seems we should be planning for updated genre/form authority records. No date just yet.
As a first step toward formally separating the genre/form terms from LC subject headings list, PSD titled the new thesaurus the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) in June 2010.

No earlier than March 1, 2011, PSD will revise the LCCNs and MARC 21 coding of the genre/form authority records to indicate that they are LCGFT terms, not LCSH headings. To accomplish this, all existing genre/form authority records with an sh prefix in the LC Control Number (LCCN) will be cancelled and replacement records for them will be issued simultaneously.

For the full announcement of these plans, including a description of the new coding, please see

The firm date for the reissuing of the records will be announced when it has been determined.

New Vocabularies Added to LC Authorities and Vocabularies Service

Good news from LC more linked data.
The Library of Congress is pleased to make available new vocabularies from its Authorities and Vocabularies web service (ID.LOC.GOV), which provides access to Library of Congress standards and vocabularies as Linked Data. The new additions include :

MARC Code List for Countries
MARC Code List for Geographic Areas
MARC Code List for Languages

The MARC Countries entries include references to their equivalent ISO 3166 codes. The MARC Languages have been cross referenced with ISOs 639-1, 639-2, and 639-5, where appropriate. Additional vocabularies will be added in the future, including additional PREMIS controlled vocabularies.

The vocabulary data are published in RDF using the SKOS/RDF Vocabulary. Individual concepts are accessible via the ID.LOC.GOV web service via a web browser interface or programmatically via content-negotiation. The vocabulary data are also available for bulk download. A new bulk download of LCSH will be available tomorrow, 5 January 2011.

Monday, January 03, 2011

The Panizzi Report

Now online: Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the constitution and government of the British Museum : with minutes of evidence or as it is better known, The Panizzi Report.