Friday, December 07, 2012

NISO Teleconference - NCIP

The next NISO teleconference; will be on the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP).
NISO will hold its next open teleconference in our monthly series this coming Monday, December 10th at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

The topic for the November call will be NCIP (NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol, also known as Z39.83), which is a North American standard with implementations in the US, Canada, and many other countries around the world. NCIP services facilitate the automation of tasks, the exchange of data, the ability to provide information to library staff, and the empowerment of patrons. Each service is comprised of a request from an initiating application and a reply from a responding application. It is possible for a single software application to play both the initiation and responding roles, but typically there are at least two applications involved.

The Standard itself consists of two parts; Part 1: Protocol defines a protocol that is limited to the exchange of messages between and among computer-based applications to enable them to perform the functions necessary to lend and borrow items, to provide controlled access to electronic resources, and to facilitate co-operative management of these functions. Part 2: Implementation Profile defines a practical implementation structure for NCIP. Version 2.02 of these documents was published in 2012 and is available via The Standing Committee maintains further informational pages at

Mike Dicus, Product Manager at Ex Libris and chair of the NCIP Standing Committee, will participate on the teleconference to discuss the group's work and answer any questions.

The call is free and anyone is welcome to participate. To join, simply dial 877-375-2160 and enter the code: 17800743#. All calls are held from 3-4 p.m. Eastern time.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

searchRetrieve Version 1.0

There was Z39.50, then SRU/SRW, then A9. now comes searchRetrieve V1.0.
searchRetrieve Version 1.0 is a multi-part specification that defines a generic protocol for the interaction required between a client and server for performing searches.

Part 1, the Abstract Protocol Definition (APD) defines a model and a generic protocol for the interaction between a client and server for performing searches. It facilitates interoperability between different search protocols by providing a common framework and terminology for describing these search protocols. The intention is that all search protocols can be regarded as concrete implementations of this definition.
The 60-day public review has started and ends 14 January 2013.

OLAC 2014

OLAC is looking for a host for the 2014 conference.
The Board of OLAC is now accepting proposals to host the 2014 OLAC Conference. If you are interested, please read the summary of guidelines below and at:

According to our practice of varying the geographical region of the host city, the 2014 conference should be held somewhere in the Midwest.

Hosting an OLAC conference is:
  • Detail-oriented: perfect for catalogers
  • A great way to meet very interesting people
  • If you’re going to organize a conference, this is a great one to organize, because OLAC is relatively small and very friendly
  • The OLAC board offers LOTS of support (some call it hand-holding)
  • You get to spend money that isn’t yours—but you do have to spend it on the conference
  • You get to tour hotels and make menu choices
  • If you are shy, you get to adopt the more comfortable role of host
  • You will be popular—people will gravitate towards you to ask questions—but you do have to solve problems, too
  • You will make new friends and meet possible collaborators
  • It looks great on your resume!
We look forward to hearing from interested parties, and to receiving proposals no later than January 18, 2013.

Japanese Romanization Table Revision Approved

News ffrom 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 Japanese romanization table. The table has subsequently been approved. The revised Japanese romanization table is now available for downloading from the ALA-LC Romanization Tables webpage

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Interesting take on libraries, "the books, and the dust and the sadness."

PCC Relationship Designator Guidelines Task Group Report

The PCC Relationship Designator Guidelines Task Group Report was recently published.
It has always been one of the main functions of the library catalogue to relate resources to other entities. Main and added entries express relationships between persons or organizations and the resources for which they are responsible, and other devices such as analytical added entries, uniform titles, linking entries, and series headings are all ways of expressing defined sets of relationships among resources themselves.

The relationship designators in RDA should be seen as an evolution of these devices. But where MARC captures a relatively limited set of relationships, largely those applicable to traditional library collections, the RDA relationship designators establish a framework to express a potentially much richer set of relationships. In addition, the linked data environment in which RDA relationship designators are intended to be implemented may eventually offer more powerful ways of handling relationships.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Off Topic - Allegiance Construction Group

I'm going off topic to warn everyone of Allegiance Construction Group of Houston Texas. This is a new name for them. They used to be AF Construction. Under that name they received a F rating from the Better Business Bureau. Under that name they were also dropped by Service Magic. They changed names and placed ownership of the new company in the name of the wife of the former owner of AF Construction. They very well may have used other names before AF Construction. Reynaldo Hernandez (Ray Hernandez) has a office on 10030 Blackhawk Blvd Houston, TX 77089. If you find any of this matches someone you are considering hiring find someone else.