Friday, April 13, 2012

Value of Cataloging

Counting Cataloging: Moving Beyond Statistics to Measure the Value of Cataloging by Melissa De Fino and Jianrong Wang appears in the latest issue of LIBRES (Volume 22, issue 1)
Given the budgetary and technological changes facing academic libraries, it has become necessary for librarians to become self-advocates, describing and defending the work they do. Most research in this area is dedicated to public services, with little focus on technical services. A survey conducted in the fall of 2009 found that catalogers in the sample state of New Jersey collect detailed productivity statistics to illustrate their value. This paper analyzes the statistics-gathering process and makes suggestions for developing these methods into a strong assessment model. Quality control assessment is the tool catalogers need to describe their worth to library stakeholders.

Texas Library Conference

I'm looking forward to the Texas Library Conference next week. Anyone else? BTW there is a great app for the conference.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


The oclcnaconormalizer has been released by OCLC Research under an Apache 2.0 license.
A java class that provides NACO normalization according to both the 1998 and 2007 rules. While the NACO rules were created for name normalization and as a result have special rules for handling commas, this class has options that allow it to ignore the comma rule and be used for any text.

Anniversary and a Milestone

I just noticed the last post was number 4,000. The first was back on March 8, 2002. That means we are now in the two digit age bracket, ten years old. What a long strange trip its been.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Geographic Ontology

Website of introducing the geopoli...FAO Country Profiles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)A thread on CODE4LIB was discussing geographic ontologies and the FAO Country Profiles was mentioned. Nice resource.
The geopolitical ontology ensures that FAO and associated partners can rely on a master reference for geopolitical information, as it manages names in multiple languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Italian); maps standard coding systems (UN, ISO, FAOSTAT, AGROVOC, etc); provides relations among territories (land borders, group membership, etc); and tracks historical changes.

In addition, in order to facilitate the exploitation of this reference data by information systems, various services have been developed on top of this resource: