Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stuck in the Past

This month in Library Journal Michael Stephens writes in Stuck in the Past about the changing nature of the profession. He neglects catalogers. However, we can offer a few suggestions along the lines of those he suggests for reference. How about advising or offering classes for those wishing to "catalog" their collection? In metadata how about advising the town or academy in best selecting a metadata standard, standard indexing terms, and the software to use it? Just what is the benefit in filling in the info on a Word or PDF file? How could it be more useful? How should files be organized and named so that they can be easily found again? Would adding microformats to the Website of a local business reduce costs and drive more business their way? Giving a workshop, training session or just such advice might be useful. Any other suggestions?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Facebook Metadata

Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...Image via CrunchBaseFacebook Engineering is having a webcast of their tech talk about using metadata.
Join Mukund Narasimhan, a software engineer, for a discussion on the tools and techniques used to extend the Facebook graph to include entities such as places, businesses, and music bands as well as the interactions between Facebook users and these entities.

He will explain the computational and statistical challenges involved in annotating these entities with structured metadata while ensuring that they are authentic. He will also discuss how users are helping us solve these problems.

This tech talk will occur at 7pm (Pacific) on Wednesday April 27th. It will be live streamed via
Seen on the dc-general email list.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

VuDL: Open Source Digital Library Administration

The Falvey Library at Villanova University has announced the Alpha Launch of VuDL: Open Source Digital Library Administration.
VuDL is a simple to use Digital Library Administration application powered by all open source technologies. With VuDL, you get:
  • METS metadata editor
  • Service image generation tools
  • XML database repository
  • Built-in OAI server
  • Built-in record drivers for easy implementation with VuFind
The core of VuDL's application is powered by Orbeon Forms, a powerful XML/XForms processor. eXist (a native XML database) and the server's file system combine to support the data and image repository.
VuDL is offered for free through the GPL open source license. You can modify the software and share your successes with the community!

Code4Lib Journal

Issue 13 of the Code4Lib Journal has been published. Partial contents:
  • ISBN and QR Barcode Scanning Mobile App for Libraries
    Graham McCarthy and Sally Wilson
    This article outlines the development of a mobile application for the Ryerson University Library. The application provides for ISBN barcode scanning that results in a lookup of library copies and services for the book scanned, as well as QR code scanning. Two versions of the application were developed, one for iOS and one for Android. The article includes some details on the free packages used for barcode scanning functionality. Source code for the Ryerson iOS and Android applications are freely available, and instructions are provided on customizing the Ryerson application for use in other library environments. Some statistics on the number of downloads of the Ryerson mobile app by users are included.

  • Using Web Services for a Mobile OPAC
    Denis Galvin and Mang Sun
    The purpose of this paper is to discuss the creation and intended evolution of the Rice University mobile online public access catalog (OPAC). The focus of the article is on how SirsiDynix’s Symphony Web Services can be used to create a mobile OPAC.

  • Look What We Got! How Inherited Data Drives Decision-Making: UNC-Chapel Hill’s 19th-Century American Sheet Music Collection
    Renée McBride
    Have you inherited a digital collection containing valuable, but inconsistent metadata? And wondered how to transform it into a usable, quality resource while accepting that it can’t meet your idea of perfection? This article describes such an experience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library with its CONTENTdm-based 19th-Century American Sheet Music Collection, addressing issues such as field construction, the use of controlled vocabularies, development of a project data dictionary, and metadata clean-up.

  • From ISIS to CouchDB: Databases and Data Models for Bibliographic Records
    Luciano Ramalho
    For decades bibliographic data has been stored in non-relational databases, and thousands of libraries in developing countries still use ISIS databases to run their OPACs. Fast forward to 2010 and the NoSQL movement has shown that non-relational databases are good enough for Google, and Facebook. Meanwhile, several Open Source NoSQL systems have appeared.

OLAC Newsletter

The March OLAC Newsletter is now available.

In this issue:
  • From the President
  • From the Editor
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • OLAC Meeting Minutes from ALA Midwinter 2011
  • Conference Reports from ALA Midwinter 2011
  • News and Announcements
  • Meet the Candidates
  • Reviews
  • OLAC Cataloger’s Judgment
  • News from OCLC
  • OCLC QC Tip of the Month

Monday, April 18, 2011

2011 Library Blog Awards

Salem press is sponsoring the 2011 Library Blog Awards. Nominate your favorite.
Blogs about libraries continue to spread across the web, with hundreds of people writing about books, libraries, and related subjects. Last year Salem Press set out on a mission to reward the achievements of librarian bloggers. Several hundred blogs by and about librarians entered the pool of nominations when the contest was announced. After the votes were tallied, 16 blogs were awarded prizes in five topical categories. Some were well-known and well-established, others on the rise or newly discovered.

WorldCat Mashathon US

Online Computer Library CenterImage via WikipediaThe WorldCat Mashathon US results are in. Some interesting projects.
  • Netflix at My Library by Karen Coombs
  • WorldCat in SciVerse by Remko Caprio, Developer for SciVerse
  • Borrow Direct made Better by Eric James, Kalee Sprague, Daniel Lovins, Analyst and librarians at Yale University
  • Call Number Browse by Andrea Schurr, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Catalog Manager for National Digital Newspaper Project enhancement by Ed Summers, Library of Congress
  • Small library Web presence by Bruce Washburn, OCLC Research

Russian translation of FRAD

News from IFLA about FRAD.
I am pleased to announce the availability of the Russian translation of FRAD, prepared by Olga Lavrenova, a member of the IFLA Working Group on Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records. It is available as a PDF on the IFLA website at and in a print publication from the Russian Library Association.

Additions to Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes

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.

Norbok: emneord i Norsk bokfortegnelse (Norbok) (Oslo: Nasjonalbiblioteket)
Sami bibliografia (Norga) = Samisk bibliografi (Norge) = Sami bibliography (Norway) (Oslo: Nasjonalbiblioteket)