March 2007 Archives

Hundred Millionth Record

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The hundred millionth record was added to OCLC WorldCat today (Thursday, March 29) around lunchtime. It is a "K-level" record for:
It's a Horse's Life: Advice and Observations for the Humans Who Choose To Share It, by Joanne M. Friedmann.

The record was created by Library Connection, Inc., a non-profit cooperative of 27 public and academic libraries in Central Connecticut.

By 1:47 p.m., an additional 153,264 records had been added to WorldCat, so it is growing by leaps and bounds. You can Watch WorldCat Grow.

The K-level thing reminds me - we're planning a webinar on minimal-level cataloging. Different kinds of less-than-full cataloging, when or why to do it, how to do it, what to do with those records when you find them in WorldCat ... that sort of thing. We should be announcing it soon. Keep an eye out.

RDA Update

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Amid controversy and ongoing discussions about the future of bibliographic control throughout the library world, the JSC (Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR) is slowly continuing its work on RDA (Resource Description and Access). As of now, the expected release date is early 2009.

This month, the JSC released a revised draft of Part A, Chapter 3, for comment. Chapter 3 deals with the descriptive elements of the carrier of the resource: physical characteristics, formatting and coding of the information stored on the carrier, etc. The draft includes a cover letter with instructions on how to make comments, plus some background information and specific questions to consider.

For a taste of the controversy surrounding RDA, see the article in the January/February 2007 issue of D-Lib Magazine: Resource Description and Access (RDA): Cataloging Rules for the 20th Century, by Karen Coyle and Diane Hillmann.

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Karen Calhoun moves to OCLC

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Many of you may recall a report we suggested you read and which was discussed by the Future of Technical Services panel during our MINITEX OCLC Users Group meeting. The report was "The Changing Nature of the Catalog and its Integration with Other Discovery Tools," prepared for the Library of Congress by Karen Calhoun, March 17, 2006.

It has just been announced that Karen Calhoun will join OCLC as VP for OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services in May.

We live in interesting times.

Upcoming Conference: A to Z of Digital Projects

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Recently I gave a CONTENTdm workshop up in Fargo at North Dakota State University. They are collaborating with Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Prairie Public Television, Fargo to start their own digital projects. Prairie Public Television will be the first in the MINITEX region to digitize video on such a large scale. The group is currently working on developing their metadata standards, as each party involved will have very diverse digital collections! To help them get started, staff plan to attend the upcoming conference: School for Scanning: The A–Z of Creating Digital Collections.

The conference will be hosted in Minneapolis this year on May 1–3. It is sponsored by the Northeast Document Conservation Center. Along with keynote speaker Roy Tennant (California Digital Library), there will be break out sessions that address digitizing audio and video, documents, and images, and other sessions that address the broader issues surrounding digitization projects (selection, copyright, metadata). I plan on attending, and I hope to see some of you there!

Check out the Conference Schedule

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