Friday, November 16, 2012

NISO's ResourceSync Initiative Teleconference

NISO teleconference.
NISO will hold its next open teleconference in our monthly series this coming Monday, November 19th at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

The topic for the November call will be the ResourceSync initiative, which is a joint NISO and Open Archives Initiative (OAI) project to research, develop, prototype, test, and deploy mechanisms for the large-scale synchronization of web resources. More information on this Working Group can be found at

ResourceSync builds on the OAI-PMH strategies for synchronizing metadata; this project will enhance that specification using modern web technologies, and will allow for the synchronization of the objects themselves, not just their metadata. The Web is highly dynamic, with resources continuously being created, updated, deleted, and moved. Web applications that leverage third party resources face the challenge of keeping in step with this rate of change. Many such applications are not concerned with accurate coverage of a server's resources or consider delays in reflecting changes acceptable. In these cases, alignment with the dynamics of a remote server is commonly achieved by optimizing web crawling and resource discovery mechanisms, for example through scheduling crawls based on change frequency prediction. However, there are significant use cases that require more real-time and accurate synchronization.

Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA)

The Getty Institute is compiling the Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA).
CONA is a structured vocabulary containing authority records for cultural works, including architecture and movable works such as paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, textiles, ceramics, furniture, other visual media such as frescoes and architectural sculpture, performance art, archaeological artifacts, and various functional objects that are from the realm of material culture and of the type collected by museums. The focus of CONA is works cataloged in scholarly literature, museum collections, visual resources collections, archives, libraries, and indexing projects with a primary emphasis on art, architecture, or archaeology.

The focus of each CONA record is a work of art or architecture. In the database, each work's record (also called a subject in the database, not to be confused with iconographical depicted subjects of art works) is identified by a unique numeric ID. Linked to each work's record are titles/names, current location, dates, other fields, related works, a parent (that is, a position in the hierarchy), sources for the data, and notes. The coverage of CONA is global, from prehistory through the present. Names or titles may be current, historical, and in various languages.
CONA grows through contributions, if your institution has such works consider contributing to the database.

Arabic Romanization Table Revision Approved

News from LC.
The ALA-LC Romanization tables are developed jointly by the Library of Congress (LC) and the American Library Association (ALA). Romanization schemes enable the cataloging of foreign language materials. Romanized cataloging in turn supports circulation, acquisitions, serials check-in, shelflisting, shelving, and reference, particularly in library catalogs that are unable to display non-roman alphabet information.

The ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Asian and African Materials (CC:AAM) recently received and reviewed a proposal to revise the Arabic romanization table. The table has subsequently been approved.

The revised Arabic romanization table is now available for downloading from the ALA-LC Romanization Tables webpage.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reflections on Life as a Cataloger

Thinking inside the box: Reflections on my life as a cataloger by Ted Taylor, Senior Cataloger, Pepperdine University School of Law offers reflections on his career and the profession.
Using technology and helping people along the way have been constant throughout my career. It will be interesting to see how new standards such as RDA and FRBR will play out. Ultimately, we are all working to make it better for individuals to more easily search and find what they want and need. People will continue to become more accustomed to finding and retrieving the actual documents. Through all aspects of our interactions, it is becoming the expectation that there will be something tangible at the end of the line with each cast for information. I see this even with my two granddaughters. They are growing up to expect that a telephone call is a visual one. Anything else is unacceptable. This is an exciting time for librarians—ripe with opportunities and challenges to meet these very high expectations.

RDA: Are We There Yet?

The Webinar, RDA: Are We There Yet? presented by Emily Dust Nimsakont, November 14, 2012 is now available on the archive site, if you happened to miss it.
It's been a long time coming, but Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new cataloging code, will be implemented by the Library of Congress next year. Are you ready? In this session, Emily Dust Nimsakont provides an update on the latest RDA-related developments and offer tips for RDA implementation. Emily Dust Nimsakont is the Government and Information Services Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission. She previously held the position of Cataloging Librarian at the NLC. She holds a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as a Master's degree in Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Monday, November 12, 2012

New WebDewey Tool

A nice looking beta number building / user contribution tool in WebDewey was recently made available.
Earlier today, the beta version of the number building / user contribution tool was installed in WebDewey. This new WebDewey feature assists users in building numbers, assigning index terms to the resulting numbers, keeping the numbers as personal or sharing the numbers plus index terms with others at the same institution, and contributing the numbers plus index terms back to the Dewey user community.

You’ll notice a new box, Create built number, associated with the record for any valid schedule or table entry.