June 2007 Archives
I came across a helpful cataloging tool referenced in a recent Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG) Newsletter. It is a set of guidelines developed by the Library of Congress, for internal use by their catalogers, to assist with descriptive cataloging of recent and emerging sound recording formats.
The PDF file is not dated (that I could find), so I don't know exactly how current it is, but if you have struggled with how to catalog dual discs (standard audio on one side and DVD on the other), mini CDs, shaped discs, super audio CDs, MP3 files or other formats, this might prove an essential reference tool.
Leave a comment if you have other treasured sources or tools that you'd like others to know about!
Once again I find myself recommending something written by Marshall Breeding in ALA's Smart Libraries Newsletter... In this article in the June 2007 issue, he does a great job of explaining WorldCat Local, OCLC's effort at improving the catalog search experience for local users. In April, a beta version of WorldCat Local installed at the University of Washington Libraries was made public.
We've been hearing a lot lately about WorldCat Local and Ex Libris' Primo product (e.g. the Regional ExLibris User Group meeting), but here's a chance to actually try it out.
Read the article, then go play around in the UW implementation.
Let us know what you think or what questions it raises for you.
OCLC is updating all of the chapters in the online Bibliographic Formats and Standards.
Our own Virginia Dudley from the BATS unit is helping to edit some of the content!
Chapters 1-5 have been updated, along with the following fields: 2XX, 3XX, 4XX, 9XX.
When the online version is complete, OCLC will offer print copies for $40.00, to be
printed sometime in late 2007.