Friday, March 25, 2011


VuFind, the open-source discovery tool has released a new version.
The next significant version of VuFind has been released this morning. Here are some of the highlights of the new release:
  • Improved support for non-MARC metadata and authority records
  • New search tools: autosuggesters, snippets, keyword highlighting, alphabetical heading browse
  • Alternate jQuery-based theme (for tighter integration with non-YUI sites)- Easier and more powerful favorite list management
  • More API integration: book previews through Google Books/OpenLibrary/Hathi Trust, cover images from B&T Content CafĂ©
  • Expanded OAI-PMH and RSS output capabilities
  • Better discovery by search engines with automatic sitemap XML generation tool
  • Numerous bug fixes, plus better-commented and standardized code
For more information, and to download the new release, please visit

MARC Printed Documentation

LC is seeking comments on changing from print to online documentation.
The Network Development and MARC Standards Office is considering some changes in the publication of the MARC 21 Format documentation. For many years we have printed the formats and their updates and the code lists and sold them through our Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS). In the last decade, however, CDS and our Office have developed alternative publication channels -- first the Concise formats were made available online for free, then the format documents were added to Catalogers Desktop where they were enriched with links to code lists and cataloging norms, and finally the full format content was published for free on the web. As a result, the demand for the printed format documentation has dwindled to very small numbers. (I, myself, rely totally on the online now and am not expeditious about filing in those updates!)

Format updates:

I have announced at the last two ALA meetings that we were considering not printing several of the updates and I have talked with a number of persons individually about that. Now we are ready to act and are proposing not to print any of the full format documents henceforth -- Bibliographic, Authority, Holdings, Classification, Community Information -- but want the community to have an opportunity to voice any concerns. We would continue to print the concise format annually, but perhaps in a reduced form -- only a looseleaf binder with Bibliographic, Authority, and Holdings.

We would also establish a printing stylesheet for the online format pages that would eliminate internet framing material, yielding pages very close to the current print. They could be used by those who prefer print to update a printed format resource.

The free online version of each format would continue to be available online in both full and concise forms, as it is now.

The annual printing schedule has also hampered us from issuing updates after each MARC meeting and made it difficult to make minor corrections. Over time we have begun to make the minor corrections to the online as they are found but are still wrestling with the update schedule and as a result are beginning to get the print and online out of synch (the online currently goes through Update 12 (October 2010) while the print has been published through Update 10/11 (February 2010)).

If we go to updates only online, as noted above, we would still print the Concise Bibliographic, Authority, and Holdings annually. We would update the online with an official update in September/October and March/April of each year. Minor corrections would be made to the online text as they are discovered.

Code lists:

The Language, Geographic Area, and Country MARC code lists are still printed on an occasional basis. The latest updates are Language in 2007, GACs in 2006, and Countries in 2003. The Organization codes, and the Relator and Source code lists ceased to be printed several years ago and are online only because they are more frequently changed than the ones mentioned above. The Language, Geographic Area, and Country code lists are also online and are updated as changes occur. These code lists are also in CDS's Catalogers Desktop with rich links, downloadable in an XML format from the MARC site, and are available through a new web service: Authorities and Vocabularies Service (, commonly called ID. In ID, the codes and their captions are being augmented with links to each other and with their corresponding terms in LCSH and NAF, where possible.

Our proposal is to no longer issue the Language, Geographic Area, and Country code lists in print form but depend on the different online services for access.

We would like to hear from you on these plans. Could you please respond via email to by April 4, 2011.

As the publisher and distributor of the MARC 21 formats in English in Canada and of the French formats worldwide, Library and Archives Canada will also review its plans for production of printed updates pending any decision taken by the Library of Congress.

The content and structure of the French MARC 21 formats at is currently being upgraded to align with the printed full formats.

Canadian users of the MARC 21 formats in English may send their comments to the Standards team at Library and Archives Canada at:

US WorldCat Mashathon Registration

Online Computer Library CenterImage via WikipediaOCLC announces registration for the US WorldCat Mashathon.
.Registration is now officially open for the WorldCat Mashathon US, sponsored by the OCLC Developer Network.

Join fellow coders, developers and tech-enthusiasts for the next two-day WorldCat Mashathon on Thursday and Friday, April 7-8 simultaneously in 3 locations:
  • Washington, DC
  • Columbus, OH
  • San Mateo, CA
We’re testing this distributed model, to see if a Mashathon is just as fun (and effective) if it’s run simultaneously in multiple places that are all connected via Webcast. You'll spend the two days brainstorming and coding mash-ups with OCLC Web services and APIs. Developers from the library community and beyond are encouraged to attend. Why attend the WorldCat Mashathon U.S.?
  • Brainstorm potential apps for the WorldCat Search API, MapFAST and other new OCLC Web services.
  • Gain development access to 1.5 billion items from more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.
  • Integrate these resources with many others to create innovative new services.
  • Meet fellow developers across the information industry.
  • Share your creative vision and be a part of the next wave of online library development.
Roy Tennant of OCLC Research and longtime Code4Lib participant will kick off the session. OCLC staff will also be available at each location for questions and breakout facilitation—and we’ll connect all the sites together via chat, IRC, video conference and Webcast. Ideas, outcomes and code from the Mashathon, together with a participants list, will be shared during and after the event for others to download and build on.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Information Standards Quarterly

The first open access issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) is now available. The full issue as well as individual articles are available for free download in PDF format.

Interview with Janet Swan Hill

"Everything about our discipline is about meta data." Interview with Janet Swan Hill.
This is Arro Smith. I am here with Janet Swan Hill. We are in Washington D.C. at the 2010 American Library Annual Conference. She has agreed to be interviewed. This interview will be part of the Capturing Our Stories Oral History Program of Retired or Retiring Librarians. It is one of Loriene Roy’s American Library Association Presidential Initiatives. This recording will be the property of ALA and may be published and used for scholarly research. Today is June 26 th, 2010.

Cataloging Remote Access Multimedia

The Streaming Guide to Cataloging Remote Access Multimedia: A How-to Virtual Manual for Catalogers by Marielle Veve is available on-line.

MADS, Request for Comments

A request for comments from the MADS folks.
The MODS/MADS Editorial Committee has released a draft the MADS 2.0 XML Schema for community review and testing. Your comments are invited on the draft schema, posted at by Friday, April 8, 2011. Submit your comments by posting to the MODS listserv.

A full list of changes may be found online at These changes are of three basic types:
  1. Making parallel changes to MADS that were implemented in MODS 3.2.
  2. Supporting some features of RDA
  3. Structural changes related to namespace polices, and implementing some new features for better multilingual support and expanded functionality.
Some changes were not backwards-compatible, and therefore this new version of MADS will be a major release (2.0) rather than a new incremental release. Note that MADS 2.0 does not yet full support all of the RDA data elements related to entities that are traditionally represented by authority records. Further work in this area is planned for a later release.