Wednesday, September 19, 2012

MARC Update

News from LC about MARC.
Update No. 15 (September 2012) is now available on the MARC website ( It is integrated into the documentation for each of the Online Full and Concise formats that are maintained on that site -- the Bibliographic format, Authority format, Holdings format, Classification format, and Community Information format. The documentation includes changes made to the MARC 21 formats resulting from proposals which were considered by the ALA ALCTS/LITA/RUSA Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information Committee (MARBI), the Canadian Committee on MARC (CCM) and the BIC Bibliographic Standards Group in June 2012.

The changes are indicated in red. Each format also has an appendix,"Format Changes for Update No. 15 (September 2012)" that lists the changes that comprise the update. The Web version of the formats is the official version and is considered the start for implementation planning for MARC 21. Users are not expected to begin using the new features in the format until 60 days from the date of this announcement: September 19, 2012. For more information about format documentation

Users who want a print version of changed fields will be able to print them from the Format web pages (CDS will not be selling a print version of the update). Changes to the MARC 21 Formats that resulted from Update No. 15 (September 2012) are displayed in red print. The "Format Changes" appendixes described above also incorporate a print guide following the list of changes, to facilitate easy printing.
If you want to update your print copies read that last paragraph again. The update in not one document you can print out like all the others listed in the update section at the MARC website.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Future of the Academic Library Symposium

I'm looking forward to the Future of the Academic Library Symposium: E-Texts, Big Data, and Access at Rice University this Thursday. Anyone else going to be there?

Open Monograph Press

The Public Knowledge Project has announced the 1.0 (Beta) release of Open Monograph Press.
The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is very pleased to announce the 1.0 (Beta) release of Open Monograph Press (OMP). OMP is an open source software platform for managing the editorial workflow required to see monographs, edited volumes, and scholarly editions through internal and external review, editing, cataloguing, production, and publication. OMP will operate, as well, as a press website with catalog, distribution, and sales capacities.
It includes support for ONIX metadata. "As with all PKP software, OMP can be downloaded for free and installed on a local webserver or it can be hosted by PKP Publishing Services."

Editor for MARC Records

Eclipse Editor for MARC Records by Bojana Dimić Surla appears in the latest issue of Information Technology and Libraries.
Editing bibliographic data is an important part of library information systems. In this paper we discuss existing approaches in developing of user interface for editing MARC records. There are two basic approaches, screen forms that support entering bibliographic data without knowledge of the MARC structure and direct editing of MARC records that is shown on the screen. The main result presented in the paper is Eclipse editor for MARC records that fully supports editing of MARC records. It is written in Java as Eclipse plug-in so it is platform-independent. It can be extended for using with any data store. At the end, the paper presents Rich Client Platform application made of MARC editor plug-in which can be used outside of Eclipse. The practical application of the results is integration of created Rich Client Platform application in BISIS library information system.