Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
from OCLC Abstracts
December 21, 2009
Provides a brief, non-technical review of the history of the library automation system, current environment, and some thoughts on future developments.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The Cooperative Cataloging Rules project is a cooperative site originally created as an alternative to accepting RDA by James Weinheimer, Director of Library and Information Services at The American University of Rome, Italy. His basic idea is to have a site where the current cataloging rules can continue to be updated. See http://sites.google.com/site/opencatalogingrules/cataloging-ru for a list of all the rules.
The Cooperative Cataloging Rules project includes a Google Group, a Wiki and a Blog.
Check out the Cooperative Cataloging Rules wiki at:
Here you can find out how to get involved!
For more information, check out the blog at: http://coopcatwiki.blogspot.com/
Here you can see the Official Announcement and check out the discussions.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The NISO December newsletter is now posted at: http://www.niso.org/publications/newsline/2009/newslinedec09.html
- As part of NISO's 70th Anniversary, NISO has been publishing a series in Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) of NISO milestones since the organization's inception as the Z39 committee in 1939. NISO has posted the timelines openly on the NISO website. It's a fascinating trip through the past of library and information standards development. In addition, the Fall issue of ISQ, due out this month, completes the anniversary series with a feature article on future trends and issues impacting NISO.
- With an eye toward the future, NISO has begun work on a review of electronic resource management (ERM) issues as a follow-up to the original DLF ERMI work. The original initiative led to standards work on usage statistics (SUSHI), cost data interoperability (CORE) and license expression (ONIX-PL) as well as many projects outside of NISO. In the coming months, we expect the ERM gap analysis to be completed and identify priorities for further work in this area into the new decade.
- Finally, NISO has announced its 2010 educational program schedule.
GPO will evaluate the success of the delivery mechanism pilot and report back to the FDLP community on outcomes and next steps. GPO will take lessons learned from this pilot to look at a long-term solution for bibliographic record distribution.
To learn more about the Cataloging Record Distribution Pilot Project, read the frequently asked questions here: <http://www.fdlp.gov/home/tutorials/cataloging-record-distribution-pilot>.
View detailed information on how to complete the Pilot Profile here: <http://www.fdlp.gov/home/repository/doc_download/1110-pilot-profile-form-guide-for-the-cataloging-and-distribution-pilot>.
Complete the Pilot Profile Application form <http://www.fdlp.gov/component/form/?form_id=39> to become a participating library in the Cataloging Record Distribution Pilot Project. All applications for participation must be submitted no later than January 11, 2010. Selected libraries will be notified in February, 2010.
At 1:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, Laurie Hall, GPO's Director of Library Technical Information Services, and Joan Chapa from MARCIVE, Inc. will discuss the new pilot project and answer your questions with their "Chat with GPO" OPAL session on the Cataloging Record Distribution Pilot Project. The session will be held in the GPO OPAL room, which you can get to from the FDLP Desktop. Just click on Outreach, then on Online Learning, and then on "Click here to enter the GPO OPAL room."
The program will be archived on the GPO OPAL site, so you will have convenient access at all times. In order to participate in the live session, please follow the instructions below. No prior RSVP is required for participation.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO PARTICIPATE?
To participate in the event, you will need to be connected to the Internet, access an Internet browser, and have speakers turned on to listen to the audio presentations. A microphone connected to (or embedded in) your PC allows you to speak to the other participants. If you don't have a microphone, you will be able to text comments and questions.
"In the report, Jay Jordan, OCLC President and Chief Executive Officer, wrote that fiscal 2009 was a challenging year as libraries and the OCLC cooperative felt the impact of the worldwide economic recession. At the same time, the cooperative continued to execute its long-term strategy of building Web-scale services, setting the stage for an exciting transformation in the way libraries serve their institutions and users."
From: OCLC Abstracts, Vol. 12, no. 47 (Dec. 7, 2009).
Friday, December 4, 2009
LC will not be ready to implement the BIBCO Standard Record guidelines
on January 4, 2010, when PCC participants will begin following those
A delayed implementation at LC is necessary so there will be time
(1) to consider the following:
a. the inclusion of additional elements in records created by
LC's cataloging staff (as proposed by Policy & Standards Division in
b. the use of code "pcc" in the 042 field for "in process"
c. the impact on vendor-provided records;
d. whether Validator (an internal check application) checks are
e. whether OCLC's algorithms to preserve series access points
when merged with LC's need to be adjusted;
f. impact on non-Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access cataloging
operations at LC;
(2) to make the appropriate changes to the following:
a. Voyager templates;
b. preprocessing software for vendor-provided records, if
c. ECIP software;
d. EPCN software;
e. any additional software maintained by ABA's
f. documentation to reflect the change in practice (LCRI's have
been/are in the process of being adjusted to reflect the new PCC series
policy). There are also numerous DCMs that would need to be adjusted
(B13, B16, C1, D8, E1, E2, M7-- not an exhaustive list), and perhaps
workflow documentation as well.
CDS will issue a subscriber notice to announce that LC will begin coding
records PCC again. (These are usually 60 or 90 days ahead.)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
RDA: Resource Description and Access will be published in June 2010. While we regret this delay in release of RDA, the transition from publication of AACR2 as a printed manual to release of RDA as a web based toolkit is a complex process with many interdependencies.
The updated text of RDA incorporates recommendations from constituencies and other stakeholders approved at the JSC meeting earlier this year. The revised text has been successfully loaded into the RDA database. The product is currently undergoing thorough quality review and testing in preparation for release.
We recognize that customers and prospective users of RDA need reliable and timely information for planning and budgeting. We are confident that this revised deadline is a realistic target for publication of RDA.
Pricing and purchasing information will be introduced at the time of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, 15-18 January 2010.
Mary Ghikas, Chair Committee of Principals
Alan Danskin, Chair Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA
Don Chatham, Chair Co-publishers
The conclusion seems to be that we are not quite ready to move away from providing romanized data in access points, but that we should rely on automatic translation whenever possible.
Comments are due by Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Area O of the ISBD has now been published on the web. Area 0: Content Form and Media Type Area is an amendment to the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD). Area O will take the place of the general material designation (GMD) in area 1. It is being issued with a set of examples and will be incorporated into the consolidated ISBD for its next revision in 2010.
OCLC will be holding two Webinars on the topic of Provider Neutral E-Books to be presented by Robert Bremer, OCLC Senior Consulting Database Specialist. Robert served on the PCC task group that formulated the provider neutral policy. He will describe how a provider neutral record differs from previous cataloging practices for eBooks, and will also discuss OCLC’s plans for conversion and consolidation of existing eBook records in WorldCat.You can access the Provider-Neutral E-Monograph MARC Record Guide at:
The two free webinars will be held on Thursday, December 10 at 1:30 PM EST and on Tuesday, December 15 at 11:00 AM EST. Each will last no more than 1 hour.
Registration is available at the following links:
The sessions will also be recorded and available on the web after December 15.
Info from Cynthia Whitacre on the OCLC Cataloging e-list