Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Authority File Changes

News from LC.
The Policy and Standards Division has posted a document: Summary of Programmatic Changes to the LC/NACO Authority File at: This process of programmatic changes signals the initial phase of RDA implementation in the authority file that was agreed upon with the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. The recoding of the LC/NAF will take place in two phases:

Phase One will consist only of adding a 667 note to the name authority record (started on July 30, 2012)

Phase Two will consist of the actual progammatic changes to the 1XX heading that are not acceptable under RDA (e.g., changes to Bible headings, spelling out Dept. and months, etc., in the subfield $d for personal names). This Phase is scheduled to take place before March 31, 2013.

The summary provides guidance to RDA catalogers to help determine what to do when encountering a name authority record with the 667 note added in this Phase One.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Middle East Cataloging Resource

The Middle East Librarians' Association (MELA) has a new website devoted to cataloging.
The MELA Committee on Cataloging (ConC) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, which incorporates the Arabic Cataloging Manual (ACM). The site provides information and useful resources for catalogers and librarians of Arabic, Persian and other languages of the Middle East, and serves as a forum for communication with colleagues nationally and internationally. With its new site, ConC aims to stimulate an exchange of ideas about current standards, emerging trends and best practices.

Please visit:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Video Search

Here is an information need I have that, finding where movies and TV shows are available. For instance, if I want to watch the old BBC show This Life, where can i find it? Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon, Vudu, or ...? It is even worse if I'm looking to stream a movie. There is Plix, Flixter, Crackle, epix, Acorn, fandor, Movie Vault, Pub-D-Hub, Snag Films, etc. The list seems endless.

I need a place to search for TV shows and movies across all of these services and let me know where I can find it. Does it exist and I just don't know about it or does it not yet exist?

31 July, 2012 Update. Gary Price of InfoDocket graciously steered me towards a few tools. The best seems to be Clicker. When I searched for This Life it found nothing, but did give an overview of the show. I then searched for the motion comic Torchwood: Web of Deceit . It found it on iTunes and Vudu but missed the one on Amazon downloads. I couldn't spot a list of the services it indexes, so it is hard to tell just what is missing.

Some other tools that might be useful in some cases are the app i.TV, LocateTV, and The Internet Movie Database (IMDB).

Dewey Online Training Modules

News about Dewey Classification training.
We have completed development of an online set of training modules (available at no charge) for the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). The modules are based on DDC 23, and each consists of a slide presentation and a set of exercises. Several of the modules treat general principles governing the operation of the DDC; others treat the structure and use of specific tables and main classes. The presentations and exercises assume the availability of the latest version of the DDC database (i.e., WebDewey), and a professor, trainer, and/or experienced Dewey user for offering explanations and fielding questions.

The availability of many of the modules has been announced previously. What’s new now is that (1) the set of modules covers all of the DDC schedules and tables (modules for the 500s and 600s are newly provided), and (2) all modules have been updated to match DDC 23.