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