Tuesday, November 29, 2011

No More Star Wars Films

A logo of the Unites States Library of Congres...Image via WikipediaThe Library of Congress to Cancel LCGFT Character- and Franchise-Based Terms for Moving Images.
On August 1, 2011 the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) of the Library of Congress issued a discussion paper entitled, “Cancellation of LCGFT Character- and Franchise-Based Terms for Moving Images,” which explained why character- and franchise-based terms are currently included in Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT), and the rationale for PSD’s proposal to cancel them. PSD would like to thank all those who provided comments on this issue.

Specialists in PSD and staff in LC’s Moving Image, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) reviewed all of the comments and found them to be generally in favor of the proposal. PSD will therefore move forward with cancelling the approximately 90 character- and franchise-based terms from LCGFT. Correspondents did raise some valid concerns that are addressed below.
An attachemnt to the documnet lists many terms and suggested LCGFT and LCSH replacement headings.

VRA Core Metadata Tool

Seen on the Mod librarian.
This is one of the coolest things ever - an export/import tool for a custom VRA Core metadata XMP panel. This tool, designed to be used with Adobe Bridge, allows you to export VRA Core metadata from images with existing metadata and even better, to import VRA metadata to a group of files from a .txt file.

The VRA Core metadata scheme has a very rich, robust, and relational set of elements so any tool that automates its application is extremely valuable. This site even has great videos to explain installation and use.