Monday, May 06, 2013

Trying Twitter

I've been doing this weblog for over ten years. It's getting a bit old. I'm going to try posting to <a href="">Twitter</a> and see if that revives my interest.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Cataloging Tool?

For years I've used MARC Magician to create bibliographic records. It is showing it's age, updates have been few since 2005 and most of the newer fields and codes are missing. I can establish them myself, but it seems to me that is work the company should do for all their customers. I get the feeling the company is not interested in the software and are just letting it age into obsolescence.

Is there an RDA ready tool out there? Something that has all the new MARC fields, shows examples and gives tips according to RDA? How about ITS BiblioFile? Anything else?


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Open Monograph Press 1.0

The Public Knowledge Project has announced the 1.0 release of Open Monograph Press.
The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is very pleased to announce the 1.0 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.

OMP 1.0 improves upon the public beta released in September 2012 in a number of ways. It includes a number of stability bug fixes and enhancements, particularly to the production and distribution workflows, and creation of ONIX for Books metadata support. It also includes multilingual support for French, Greek, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Standards for Sharing

“Like”-able Content: Spread Your Message with Third-Party Metadata by Clinton Forry appears in the latest A List Apart. He looks at Twitter Cards and Facebook’s Open Graph protocol.
While implementing third-party metadata schemas will add to the content creation workload, that extra effort will provide a much better user experience across multiple platforms and devices, both current and upcoming. Crafting content in discrete chunks with an eye on universal application and flexibility is the way of the future.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Help Wanted - Science Programs

Could anyone point me good statistics about science programming in libraries? Maybe some dissertations? Just not finding anything, but I don't have access to Dissertation Abstracts. Thanks.

Additions to Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes Network Development and MARC Standards

The source codes listed below have been recently approved. The codes will be added to the applicable Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes lists. See the specific source code lists for current usage in MARC fields and MODS/MADS elements.

The codes should not be used in exchange records until 60 days after the date of this notice to provide implementers time to include newly-defined codes in any validation tables.

Standard Identifier Source Codes
The following source code has been added to the Standard Identifier Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

Danacode (D.A.N.A. Systems)
Subject Category Source Codes
The following source code has been added to the Subject Category Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

UK Standard Library Categories (London: BIC)
Genre/Form Code and Term Source Codes
The following source code has been added to the Genre/Form Code and Term Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

UK Standard Library Categories (London: BIC)
Subject Heading and Term Source Codes
The following source code has been added to the Subject Heading and Term Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

UK Standard Library Categories (London: BIC)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Peeps at the Library

Easter is approaching, so it is Peeps season. Time to review Peep Research: A Study of Small Fluffy Creatures and Library Usage.
Although scientific and health research has been conducted on Peeps, most notably that appearing on the Peep Research website (see, we have noted an absence of research focusing on the ability of Peeps themselves to actually do research. To address this lack, we invited a small group of Peeps to visit Staley Library at Millikin University during the week of March 17-21, 2003 so that we could more closely observe their research practices. This was determined to be an ideal week for the Peeps to visit the library, as Millikin University students were on spring break. The research that follows documents their visit to the library and provides some evaluative commentary on our assessment of Peeps and library usage.
The Georgetown Public Library Online Tour also features Peeps.

Tamashek Romanization

A proposal for a Tamashek romanization table is available for review. Comments on this proposed romanization table are being accepted until June 20, 2013.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

IA Summit

A List Apart is giving away a free ticket to the IA Summit in Baltimore April 5-7. A few of the talks:
  • Metadata in the Cross-Channel Ecosystem: Consistency, Context and Interoperability
  • Taxonomy for App Makers
  • Fringe IA: Understanding Complex Organizational, Data, & Technical Issues
  • Secrets of Audio Transcription in Improving UX Universally

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mapping Dublin Core Terms to the PROV-O OWL2 Ontology

Dublin Core to PROV Mapping, W3C Working Draft 12 March 2013 seeks comments.
This document describes a partial mapping from Dublin Core Terms [DCTERMS] to the PROV-O OWL2 ontology [PROV-O]. A substantial number of terms in the Dublin Core vocabulary provide information about the provenance of the resource. Translating these terms to PROV makes the contained provenance information explicit within a provenance chain. The mapping is expressed partly by direct RDFS/OWL mappings between properties and classes, which can be found here.

A formal ontology for historical maps

A formal ontology for historical maps by Eleni Gkadolou and Emmanuel Stefanakis was presented at the 26th International Cartographic Conference, August 25 –30, 2013,Dresden, Germany.
Historical maps are a major component of our scientific and cultural heritage collections. Apart from the aesthetic value of the artifacts, maps also deliver valuable historical and geographic information. In order to use the historical cartographic information effectively, the semantic documentation of maps becomes a necessity and ontologies are suggested to achieve this. This paper examines how the top level ontology CIDOC-CRM “handles” historical maps and presents a formal description of the “Carte de la nouvelle frontière Turco-Grecque”, a map attached to the Convention of Constantinople that set the borderlines between Greece and Ottoman Empire in 1881.

Friday, March 15, 2013

MARC Concise Formats 2012

MARC Concise Formats (2012 Edition) are now available to download as PDFs.
  • Table of Contents
  • General Introduction
  • Bibliographic
  • Authority
  • Holdings
  • 2012 Changes

FRBR for Serials

Announcement about using FRBR for journals.
Version 0.1 of PRESSoo, a conceptual model accounting for the bibliographic description of serials, now is available from the following address:

The intention, while drafting this document, was to fill in a gap acknowledged in the FRBR Final Report (section 1.3 "Areas for Further Study"):

Certain aspects of the model merit more detailed examination. The identification and definition of attributes for various types of material could be extended through further review by experts and through user studies. In particular, the notion of “seriality” and the dynamic nature of entities recorded in digital formats merit further analysis.

PRESSoo is defined as an extension of the FRBRoo model, which in turn is defined as an extension of the CIDOC CRM model as well as an object-oriented reformulation of the original FRBR entity-relationship model.

PRESSoo was developed by a restrained working group gathering representatives for the ISSN International Centre and the National Library of France.

This document is labelled version 0.1 because it still has to be reviewed by a larger community, most notably the international ISSN network, the FRBR/CIDOC CRM Harmonization Working Group, and the IFLA FRBR Review Group. Version 1.0 will only be attained once PRESSoo has been amended and validated by that larger community.

Any comment/criticism/proposal welcome!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

ISO Metadata Training

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) as it transitions from FGDC to ISO geographic metadata has provided training for other federal agencies. Some of this has been recorded and the videos made available.
  • Intro to Metadata
  • ISO 101
  • XML Basics
  • UML Basics
  • Tools
  • Creating ISO Metadata
  • Validation
  • Data Discovery

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

OLAC Newsletter

The March 2013 issue of the OLAC Newsletter is now available.

In this issue:
  • Stay up-to-date with the ALA Midwinter conference by reading about what happened at OLAC, CAPC, MARBI and CC:DA meetings.
  • Meet the candidates running for OLAC office – we have three candidates for Vice President/President Elect and two for Treasurer/Membership Coordinator.
  • Learn about your fellow OLAC members in a brand-new column called In the spotlight. Column editor, Bojana Skarich will be profiling a different OLAC member in future issues and in this issue, she introduces herself to OLAC members. Read about Bojana and contact her if you would like to be featured or would like to nominate another OLAC member.
  • The always interesting Cataloger's Judgment. The first thing I turn to and read in each issue.
The membership fees have just been modified. Those of you living overseas now have lower membership rates.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Recommended Practices for Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials Teleconference

NISO Teleconference news.
NISO will hold its monthly open teleconference this coming Monday, March 11th at 3:00 PM Eastern time. This month, we will be discussing the recently published NISO RP-15-2013, Recommended Practices for Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials (available at This document was jointly sponsored and published by NFAIS, the National Federation for Advanced Information Services.

Business Working group co-chair Marie McVeigh of Thomson Reuters and Technical Working Group co-chair Sasha Schwarzman of The Optical Society (OSA) will be participating on the call to describe the work and answer any questions.

Supplemental materials are increasingly being added to journal articles, but until now there has been no recognized set of practices to guide in the selection, delivery, discovery, and preservation of these materials. To address this gap, NISO and NFAIS jointly sponsored an initiative to establish best practices that would provide guidance to publishers and authors for management of supplemental materials and would address related problems for librarians, abstracting and indexing services, and repository administrators. The Supplemental Materials project involved two teams working in tandem: one to address business practices and one to focus on technical issues. This new publication is the combined outcome of the two groups' work.

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.

MARC at Midwinter

The cover sheets for the proposals and discussion paper presented at the ALA 2013 Midwinter meetings of the MARC Advisory Committee have been updated with the results of the discussions. They are available at:

Proposal 2013-01:Identifying Titles Related to the Entity Represented by the Authority Record in the MARC 21 Authority Format

Proposal 2013-02: New Fields to Accommodate Authority Records for Medium of Performance Vocabulary for Music in the MARC 21 Authority Format

Proposal 2013-03: Making Field 250 Repeatable in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format

Proposal 2013-04: Defining New Code for Score in Field 008/20 (Format of music) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format

Proposal 2013-05: Defining New Field 385 for Audience Characteristics in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats

Proposal 2013-06: Defining New Field 386 for Creator/Contributor Group Categorizations in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats

Proposal 2013-07: Defining Encoding Elements to Record Chronological Categories and Dates of Works and Expressions in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats

Discussion Paper 2013-DP01: Identifying Records from National Bibliographies in MARC 21 Bibliographic Format

Discussion Paper 2013-DP02: Defining Subfields for Qualifiers to Standard Identifiers in the MARC 21 Bibliographic, Authority, and Holdings Formats

Discussion Paper 2013-DP03: Defining a Control Subfield $7 in the Series Added Entry Fields, for the Type and the Bibliographic Level of the Related Bibliographic Record

Discussion Paper 2013-DP04: Separating the Type of Related Entity from the RDA Relationship Designator in MARC 21 Bibliographic Format Linking Entry Fields

Friday, March 08, 2013

Genre and Form Term Usage

Roy Tennant has posted a list of $a and $2 combinations for the 655 field. It is interesting to see some terms with high counts that are tagged local. Seems like those should be considered for being incorporated into an existing vocabulary. Electronic books with 37,605 uses seems a good candidate. Dissertations with 16,733 hits is another one to consider.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

10th Anniversary

The other day Catalogablog turned 10. The first post dealt with RSS, which I guess was new back then. One of the two links is still valid.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

NISO Newsletter

In other NISO news, the latest NISO Newsline has been published. Topics include:
  • ISO 25964-2:2013, Information and documentation – Thesauri and interoperability with other vocabularies – Part 2: Interoperability with other vocabularies
  • EDItEUR, Updated FAQ on eBooks and ONIX
  • ISO/IEC 11179-3:2013 , Information technology – Metadata Registries (MDR) – Part 3: Registry metamodel and basic attribute
  • ISO/IEC 17963:2013, Web Services for Management (WS-Management) Specification
  • OASIS, searchRetrieve version 1.0
There is also a survey request.
NISO is a membership organization that must be responsive to community needs and interests. As an organization with limited resources, it must also prioritize the many strands of activity that are taking place, to ensure we are working toward goals which will have the greatest impact.

To help prioritize our work, the NISO Architecture Committee is identifying the important technologies and trends that face our community. As part of this process, we would like the NISO membership to complete an online survey related to potential NISO directions and activities.
And a reminder that comments on the ResourceSync Framework Specification for the web "detailing various capabilities that a server can implement to allow third-party systems to remain synchronized with its evolving resources" are due by March 15.

NISO Publishes Maintenance Revisions of Dublin Core and SUSHI Standards

The latest news from NISO.
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of maintenance revisions of two widely used standards: The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set (ANSI/NISO Z39.85-2012) and The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2013). Both standards were revised to make very minor updates. The Dublin Core standard defines fifteen metadata elements for resource description in a cross-disciplinary information environment and is used as the basis for most metadata standards in use today. The SUSHI Protocol defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data and is required for conformance with the COUNTER Code of Practice.

"The DCMI Usage Board approved a change to the usage comment for the 'subject' element to eliminate some ambiguity with the 'coverage' element," explains Thomas Baker, Chief Information Officer for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, the maintenance agency for the Dublin Core standard. "The new version of the ANSI/NISO standard corresponds to version 1.1 of the specification on the DCMI website."

"The SUSHI Standing Committee initiated this revision of the standard to make two minor updates," states Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist for EBSCO Information Services and Co-chair of the SUSHI Standing Committee. "An additional error code was added and the appendix about security considerations was updated to reflect technology changes and experience gained since the initial implementation of the SUSHI protocol."

"Standards do not drop into a black hole once they are published," states Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. "They must be supported and regularly reviewed to ensure they are kept up-to-date. Both the Dublin Core and the SUSHI standard receive ongoing oversight from their respective Maintenance Agency and Standing Committee. The maintenance revisions just published are examples of how the standards are revised to address even minor issues found during implementation."

Both standards are available for free download from the NISO website; Dublin Core at and SUSHI at Additional information on the use of the Dublin Core standard is available from the DCMI website at SUSHI FAQs, schemas, and implementation information are available at

Monday, February 25, 2013

Additions to Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes

The source codes listed below have been recently approved. The codes will be added to the applicable Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes lists. See the specific source code lists for current usage in MARC fields and MODS/MADS elements.

The codes should not be used in exchange records until 60 days after the date of this notice to provide implementers time to include newly-defined codes in any validation tables.

Classification Scheme Source Codes
The following source code has been added to the Classification Scheme Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

Klassifikasjonsskjema (Stavenger: Misjonshogskolen)
Genre/Form Code and Term Source Codes
The following source codes have been added to the Genre/Form Code and Term Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

ISBD Area 0 (Content Form and Media Area) isbdmedia - ISBD Area 0 (Content Form and Media Area)
National Bibliography Number Source Codes The following source code has been added to the National Bibliography Number Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

Letapis Druku Belarusi = Chronicle of the Press Belarus (Minsk: Natsyianal'naia kniznaia palata Belarusi)

Free Your Metadata

Free Your Metadata is a site that describes using Google Refine and some extensions to clean and reconcile metadata, and automate the creation of personal, corporate and geographic names.
Clean up
Clean up your metadata and discover how to handle those embarrassing errors.

Match your metadata with controlled vocabularies connected to the Linked Data cloud.

Entity extraction
Even unstructured fields can provide meaning thanks to named entity extraction.

Sustainable access
Once your metadata is in shape, it is ready to be published in a sustainable way.

Friday, February 22, 2013

eXtensible Catalog Drupal Toolkit

News from the eXtensible Catalog project.
I happily announce, that after several months of development the eXtensible Catalog Drupal Toolkit 1.3 is just released.

The eXtensible Catalog Drupal Toolkit is the front end of eXtensible Catalog (XC) built on Drupal content management system. It contains a set of 25 Drupal modules, a custom theme, and installation profile, and a customized Apache Solr search engine. XC is a discovery interface built on FRBR and RDA-like metadata structure.

The release has a primary focus on data integrity, namely being able to successfully process record updates on a schedule basis. This includes new additions, updates and deletions of records. This release includes some Solr integrity fixes submitted by Kyushu University. The installation process for release 1.3 has also been reworked to include an implementation option using Drush that makes the installation substantially easier. If you have drush, the whole installation is only 4 steps.

We also created a custom Solr package which is pre-configured to the needs of the Drupal Toolkit.

You can find the installation instructions and release notes here:

I hope you will find it useful. Now we are working hard on creating the first stable release of the Drupal 7 version. Any comments, suggestion and feedback are more than useful. You can find all the project's issue tracker here:

The eXtensible Catalog project's website is available at

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Problems with Library Catalogs

Catalog Matters Podcast no. 18: Problems with Library Catalogs by James Weinheimer is available.
In the last episode, I provided some examples of how people want to manipulate data instead of plowing their way through masses of printed text but I went on to express my doubts that the information in catalog records is actually the type of information that most people want to manipulate. I would like to continue that discussion.

Friday, February 15, 2013

SRU Approved as OASIS Standard

News from OASIS via OCLC, that SRU has been approved as OASIS Standard.
SRU (Search and Retrieve via URL) 2.0 has been approved as a standard by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). SRU is the web-based successor to Z39.50.

Functionality supported by SRU includes defining a standard query grammar for complex interoperable searching, the ability to specify the format of the documents returned and the mime-type of the response. SRU includes a capability to allow client software to query the server for functionality, include a complex description of the databases being searched.
Does SRW (Search and Retrieve via the Web) still have any life left? Once they were most often written together as SRU/SRW.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Proposal for Revision of the Urdu, Pushto, and Sindhi (in Arabic script) Romanization Tables

News from LC.
The Policy and Standards Division of the Library of Congress has received a revision proposal for the Urdu (in Arabic Script), Pushto, and Sindhi (in Arabic script) ALA-LC romanization tables. The proposal recommends a change in the romanization of the letters Svad, Zvad, Toe, and Zoe, as well as several minor corrections to the Urdu table.

The revision proposal[PDF, 251 KB] highlights all additions and changes. A separate document <[DOC, 33 KB] enumerates changes in the revision proposal.


News from LC about MODS in RDF.
As a result of requests from the MODS community and for its own explorations into Linked Data, the Library of Congress has developed MODS/RDF, an ontology for MODS. This work has been informed by the previous work of developing a MADS/RDF ontology, which is in use now in, LC's Linked Data Service, and by discussions in the MODS Editorial Committee. MODS/RDF may be used to create born-RDF MODS, or it may be used to create an RDF description corresponding to an existing MODS XML record. (An XSLT is available to help create MODS/RDF from MODS XML.)

Although it is still a draft and work in progress, LC would like to share its work on the ontology to encourage experimentation with MODS modeled as RDF. As the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative and its BIBFRAME data model is emerging, it is clear that much work is going into expressing bibliographic data as RDF. We will be working on a mapping of MODS to BIBFRAME as the BIBFRAME model stabilizes, and this initial work on MODS/RDF may inform that task.

The ontology may be found at:

Open-source Automated Library System Article

OPALS, the Open-source Automated Library System, is another option when considering Koha and Evergreen. A newspaper wrote OPALS expands research possibilities for John Abbott College students.
It’s quick, efficient and cheap. The system, which received tops honours from Perceptions 2012: An International Survey of Library Automation, was developed by the Pointe-Claire-based company Bibliofiche 11 years ago and has been reinvented three times since then in response to changing technology and client requests.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Music Cataloging using RDA

Comments are invited on Best Practices for Music Cataloging using RDA and MARC21
The MLA-BCC RDA Music Implementation Task Force is happy to announce the release of the first complete draft of "Best Practices for Music Cataloging using RDA and MARC21." This document represents over sixteen months of effort by the task force to determine and articulate best practices for the description of music resources (chiefly scores and audio recordings). In the increasingly decentralized environment of library metadata standards, this document addresses the need for specific guidance for catalogers describing music resources that is authoritative, yet flexible to the needs of individual institutions. It is intended to supplement the text of RDA itself, and accounts for (though does not presume full adherence to) the Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements (LC-PCC PS).

MARC Tag Usage

OCLC will examine MARC tag usage in the WorldCat database.The goal of this new MARC Usage in WorldCat activity is to provide an evidence base for testing assertions about the value of capturing various attributes by demonstrating whether the cataloging community has made the effort to populate specific tags, not just to define them in anticipation of use.

OCLC Research seeks to use evidence of usage, as depicted in WorldCat, the largest aggregation of library data in the world, to inform decisions about where we go from here with the data that has been encoded using the MARC standard.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Security Issue

Ruby and Ruby on Rails have been widely used by the library coding community. In the past few weeks major security flaws have exposed in the tools. A List Apart (the other ALA) has an informative article on the topic, De-Railing Security Bugs.

I'm not sure what the Code4Lib folks have done about this issue.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

VIAFbot Video

A video showing OCLC Research Wikipedian in Residence Max Klein and Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt discussing the results of having Max's "VIAFbot" link Virtual International Authority File records to Wikipedia references.

OPAC Design

Catalog by Design | The User Experience by Aaron Schmidt appeared in the latest Library Journal. It has created quite a heated exchange on AUTOCAT.
Aside from paying very little attention to visual design and not caring about the impact of horrible typography, the big problem with library catalogs is that they are not designed to help people accomplish library tasks. Instead, they’re designed to expose catalog records. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is totally backward—prioritizing the collection, not people, results in a user-hostile interaction design and a poor user experience. Imagine the reverse: a tool that prioritizes helping people accomplish their tasks, whereby bibliographic data exists quietly in the background and is exposed only when useful.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

NISO Newsletter

The latest issue of the NISO Newsline is available. Some of the topics include:
  • NISO and NFAIS Publish Recommended Practices for Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials
  • NISO Launches New Initiative to Develop Standard for Open Access Metadata and Indicators
  • NISO and OAI Release Draft for Comments of ResourceSync Framework Specification
  • ISO 22274:2013, Systems to manage terminology, knowledge and content Concept-related aspects for developing and internationalizing classification systems
  • ISO/IEC 20944:2013, Information technology Metadata Registries Interoperability and Bindings (MDR-IB)
  • W3C Working Draft, RDF 1.1 Concepts and Abstract Syntax
  • W3C Proposed Recommendation, SPARQL 1.1 Protocol
  • W3C Working Draft, Linked Data Platform Use Cases and Requirements

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Additions to MARC Code List for Relators

News from LC.
The following relator codes have been recently approved and will be added to the MARC Code List for Relators for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

The codes should not be used in exchange records until 60 days after the date of this notice to provide implementers time to include newly-defined codes in any validation tables.

provider Use for a person or organization who produces, publishes, manufactures, or distributes a resource if specific codes are not desired (e.g. [mfr], [pbl]).
recordist Use for a person or organization who uses a recording device to capture sounds and/or video during a recording session, including field recordings of natural sounds, folkloric events, music, etc.
setting Use for an entity in which the activity or plot of a work takes place, e.g. a geographic place, a time period, a building, an event.

Synchronizing Metadata and Resources Standards

NISO and Open Archives Initiative (OAI) project are working together on standards for synchronizing both metadata and Resources, ResourceSync.
ResourceSync will research, develop, prototype, test, and deploy mechanisms for the large-scale synchronization of web resources. ResourceSync is a joint cooperation between NISO and the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) team, with work funded by the Sloan Foundation2. Building on the OAI-PMH strategies for synchronizing metadata, this project will enhance that specification using modern web technologies, but will allow for the synchronization of the objects themselves, not just their metadata.
Much of the discussion is taking place on Google+.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

VuFind News

News from VuFind.
The latest version of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This will be the final release in the 1.x series, with a 2.0 release planned for later in the year.

The new release includes several significant enhancements:
  • Support for hierarchical collections of records, allowing better integration of archival materials and digital repositories.
  • Built-in support for running without an Integrated Library System, making VuFind more convenient for non-library uses and offering smarter behavior during temporary ILS outages.
  • The ability to provide custom recommendations to the user when no search results are found.
  • An improved and expanded mobile interface.
  • New index fields allowing VuFind to be used as an article index.
  • Optional Clickatell support for text messaging.
  • Several new interface translations: Basque, Catalan, Czech and Russian.
Additionally, several bug fixes and minor improvements have been incorporated.

Friday, January 25, 2013

MODS and MADS Implementation Registries

The Network Development and MARC Standards Office is in the process of updating the MODS and MADS Implementation Registries and the Tools for MODS pages and would like to add any new projects/tools that are currently available to the community.

If you would like your projects/tools to be included, please supply information for each category in the MODS Implementation Registry and/or Tools for MODS page, and your projects/tools will be added to the registry. For MADS projects, please supply information for each category in the MADS Implementation registry.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cataloging Matters Podcast

James Weinheimer has made available another Cataloging Matters Podcast, Cataloging Matters No. 17: Catalog Records as Data.
Hello everyone and welcome to Cataloging Matters, a series of podcasts about the future of libraries and cataloging, coming to you from the most beautiful, and the most romantic city in the world, Rome, Italy. My name is Jim Weinheimer.

We hear that the problem with catalog records is that they are not data. This means that the records are meant primarily for display and consequently, are of very limited use in the new information environments. What does this mean and, I question, is it correct?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Open Discovery Initiative Survey Report

National Information Standards Organization's Open Discovery Initiative Working Group has released the results of a survey they conducted recently, ODI Survey Report: Reflections and Perspectives on Discovery Services.
The Open Discovery Initiative (ODI), a volunteer work group within the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), was formed to develop a recommended practice related to the index-based discovery services for libraries. The ODI aims to investigate and improve the ecosystem surrounding these discovery services, with a goal of broader participation of content providers and increased transparency to libraries....

This fall, the ODI dispatched a survey of librarians, content providers, and discovery service providers to learn more about the current state of satisfaction with these new research tools and to measure the value of various requirements in cross-sector practice. The survey addressed current levels of scholarly metadata delivery / indexing, technical successes / opportunities in these data exchanges, and potential benefits of greater development / distribution of discovery tool usage data.

MARBI Meeting Minutes

The MARBI Meeting Minutes from Anaheim, June, 2012 are now online.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Code4Lib Journal

The new issue of the Code4Lib Journal is now available. Plenty of informative articles. For instance:
  • Indexing Linked Bibliographic Data with JSON-LD, BibJSON and Elasticsearch by Thomas Johnson
  • Metadata Analysis at the Command-Line by Mark Phillips
  • Building a Library App Portfolio with Redis and Django by Jeremy Nelson

Geospatial Metadata Training

NOAA's National Coastal Data Development Center is offering free online geospatial metadata training.
  • Introduction to Geospatial Metadata - ISO 191** Metadata
  • Transitioning from FGDC Metadata to ISO Metadata
  • Introduction to Geospatial Metadata
  • Creating and Managing Metadata Using MERMAid
  • Metadata for Managers
  • Train the Trainer

NISO's New Bibliographic Exchange Environment

If you have ever complained about Z39.50, SRU/SRW, library APIs, OAI-PMH or other tools for bibliographic information exchange here is your chance to influence the future development of our tools.
Last fall, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation generously awarded the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) with a grant to support an initiative that will develop a community roadmap toward a new bibliographic exchange environment. This roadmap will help support movement toward a future of bibliographic information exchange ecosystem. The bibliographic roadmap initiative aims to bring together as diverse a set of stakeholders as possible to build agree around on a common development path for bibliographic information exchange. Using a consensus process, NISO hopes to build agreement about the problems that we face, which are the best available solutions, and work toward coordinating community efforts. The project is not trying to duplicate efforts already underway, nor is it trying to drive a particular agenda, nor support a single community project. Through open virtual dialogue and an in-person meeting—again open and publicly accessible—, the initiative will ascertain the necessary elements of a bibliographic standards environment that are implementable, suit our global networked information environment, support data sharing, and are economically viable.

Over the course of the next nine months, NISO will host one face-to-face meeting in the United States and several global webinars, as well as organize at least three working group efforts during the periods between webinars. These meetings will be conducted to explore priorities and coordinate the requirements of key communities including: libraries of all types including national libraries; technologists represented by organizations such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI); library system providers; as well as other international standards development organizations. The end result of this work will be a report that will identify exchange points where standards development is needed, and document suggested areas where functionality testing should be performed. It should help pinpoint at a high level the development priorities and coordination points needed over the next 24-36 months.

NISO will be hosting an open community teleconference to launch this project on Thursday, January 17 at 9:00 ET (UTC -5:00) and we encourage community involvement in that meeting. The purpose of this call will be to introduce the community to this project, outline our goals, answer any questions and begin to map out planning the project and identify dates and locations for the in-person meeting that the Mellon Foundation has funded. We expect the call will take about 60 minutes.

Please use the following dial-in:
Toll-Free (US & Can) 1-877-375-2160
Conference ID: 767-11-246#
For a list of international dial-in numbers visit:

More information about the project can be found on the NISO website: We will also record the call and will post the recoding to this page after the event. You can also find an extract of the proposal describing the project in detail at that page.

If you plan to attend, please send an RSVP to NISO prior to Thursday morning.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

TX Libraries ROI

This year the Texas Legislature meets, so this info may be useful. TSL&A has released the report Texas Public Libraries Return on Investment Study.
Did you know that for every $1.00 invested in public libraries around the state, Texans receive $4.42 worth of library services and value in return? Or that Texas public libraries provide over $2.4 billion dollars in economic benefit statewide? Get more useful facts and information from the recently-completed study Texas Public Libraries: Economic Benefits and Return on Investment, available online now at

Ulrich's API

Bibliographic Wilderness has a very informative posting Ulrich’s has an API included with your ulrichsweb subscription: A Review.
It turns out if you subscribe to Ulrichsweb, there is an API you are already licensed to use. The API does expose a few key pieces of data you may find useful (such as a boolean value for ‘refereed’). It sadly lacks a few things included in the Ulrichsweb directory itself that would be awfully useful (such as review text).

There is very little evidence on the web that the API even exists.
Good introduction. Provides info on how to get access and what data is available.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Jawi-Pegon (formerly Malay) 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 Malay (in Jawi Arabic script) romanization table. The table has subsequently been renamed "Jawi-Pegon romanization table" and has been approved.

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

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Treatment of Globes in LCSH and LCGFT

LC has issued Library of Congress to revise the treatment of Globes in LCSH and LCGFT. A couple of major changes "To promote collocation of all of the globes, maps, and atlases of a place, the subdivision –Globes will be cancelled in favor of using the form subdivision –Maps. The fact that a work is a spherical representation will be brought out with the genre/form term Globes." And "Since there are at least two, and possibly three, commonly accepted meanings, the heading for Earth as a planet should be qualified. The heading will be revised to Earth (Planet)."
On May 24, 2012, the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) of the Library of Congress issued a discussion paper entitled “Proposed Treatment of Globes in the LCGFT Environment” ( The paper explained that currently in Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT), the term Globes in refers to globes of the Earth, to exclusion of globes of other heavenly bodies (e.g., other planets, comets, asteroids). The paper went on to suggest revisions to both LCGFT and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to allow for more accurate and consistent description of all globes.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Nancy B. Olson Award

The Nancy B. Olson Award Committee is now accepting nominations.
The annual Nancy B. Olson award (formerly called "OLAC Award") recognizes and honors a librarian who has made significant contributions to the advancement and understanding of audiovisual cataloging. The Awards Committee selects a recipient based on nominations received, subject to approval by the Executive Board at the midwinter meeting.

Eligibility for nomination is as follows:
  • Nominees may be OLAC members, but membership in the organization is not a requirement.
  • The nomination must be accompanied by a statement that provides supporting evidence of the nominee's qualifications.
  • Nominees shall have made contributions to audiovisual cataloging by:
    • Furthering the goals of standardization of AV and/or computer file cataloging, including MARC coding and tagging;
    • Interpreting AV and/or computer file cataloging rules and developing policies on organization for these materials on the national and/or international levels;
    • Promoting the understanding of AV and/or computer file cataloging, coding and data exchange by professionals unfamiliar with these materials and processes.
The award recipient will receive an engraved plaque containing an inscription recognizing his/her special contribution to the field.
Submit all nominations and supporting documentation by Friday, February 15.

Future of Library Systems

The latest issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) from NISO covers the Future of Library Systems. Some articles inlcude:
  • The Future of Library Systems: Library Services Platforms by Carl Grant
  • Alma at Purdue: The Development Partnership Experience by Paul J. Bracke
  • OCLC’s WorldShare Management: Early adopter experience at a small liberal arts institution by Gentry Holbert
  • The Orange County Library System Environment: Connecting Sierra with Custom Applications by William Eric Atkinson
  • Kuali OLE: A Community Collaboration in Software for and by Libraries by Michael Winkler and Robert H. McDonald

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Off Topic- Contractor

The local TV news program did a story on our problems with the contractor, Ray Hernandez. Did a pretty good job, but I don't think they covered just how much we investigated the contractor before signing the contract. We did check the BBB, Angie's List, did a Google search. Nothing bad turned up. The problem was he had just started the company, so negative reviews didn't have time to appear. Lots of companies don't appear on Angie's list in our area. Also, lots of decent companies don't join the BBB. I guess a personal name search might be useful.

Added 1-13-2013 I've just discovered Hay Hernandez also operated under the names of A.I.G. Construction and Handyman Depot. Both of those get F ratings because of the same scam tactics. The company just prior to us was AF Construction. It has a F rating at the Pasadena TX BBB. I don't doubt he is operating under a different name by now.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Video Language Coding

The Video Language Coding: Best Practices document has been approved by the Cataloging Policy Committee of OLAC and posted on OLAC's website.
The 2006-2007 task force was charged with creating a set of best practices for coding MARC 008/lang and 041 language information for videos, especially DVDs, and with using that exercise to examine whether any changes could be made to the MARC21 format (coding or directions) that would improve access to the multiple types of language information found on videos. The work of that task force resulted in a number of changes to the MARC format, which are described in appendix 1. This current document, completed by the 2012 task force, provides guidance for coding video language information using the current MARC documentation.