January 2009 Archives

Titles So Strange They Have to Be Real, Part 2

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(Believe it or not, all of the following titles can be found in WorldCat.)

Batman and Philosophy: the Dark Knight of the Soul

The Book of Bunny Suicides

The New Annotated Dracula

Premature Burial and How It May Be Prevented with Special Reference to Trance, Catalepsy, and Other Forms of Suspended Animation

We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy-- and the World's Getting Worse

Zen and the Art of Vampires

2008 Top Ten Catalogers in the MINITEX Region

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During calendar year 2008, libraries in the MINITEX region cataloged 27,839 original records in WorldCat. Below you will find the top 10 list for 2008. This year we were able to include the U of M Twin Cities Campus when compiling the statistics. If you're interested in how this year compared to last year, check out the blog post from January, 2008.

1. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (6,827)
2. MINITEX Contract Cataloging (2,928)
3. North Dakota State Library, ND (2,249)
4. Hennepin County Library (both MPI and HCO), MN (1,479)
5. Minnesota Historical Society, MN (1,432)
6. North Dakota State University, ND (715)
7. Minnesota State University-Mankato, MN (639)
8. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, MN (592)
9. Pioneerland Library System, MN (574)
10. South Dakota State University, SD (469)

If you're interested in finding out how to access your own institution's statistics, check out the OCLC Cataloging Statistics Web page. The Web page includes links to a quick reference guide and training.

Staff Change in the MINITEX BATS Unit

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After 11 years working in the MINITEX Bibliographic and Technical Services (BATS) unit, Carlos Portillo has moved to a different position within MINITEX Document Delivery. Many of you have spoken to Carlos over the phone or contacted him via email as he helped you to resolve your Connexion client issues, made OCLC profile changes on your behalf, or helped get you to the right person for an answer.

In the future, please send anything that you might previously have sent to Carlos to our general email account: mino@umn.edu

Our phone number still remains the same, just ask to speak with someone in the BATS unit or that you have an OCLC related question and you will be directed to one of the BATS staff handling the phone support for the day

We in the MINITEX Bibliographic and Technical Services unit are definitely going to miss Carlos and his expertise in various areas. We wish him the best in his new position with MINITEX Document Delivery!

BATS Staff
Carla Dewey Urban, Virginia Dudley, Sara Ring, Mark Wilhelmi

ALCTS Announces first E-Forum of 2009

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Providing Professional Development Opportunities for Staff while Coping with Shrinking Resources

When library budgets shrink, often one of the first areas to be cut is the fund that supports travel and professional development for library staff. What can you do to continue to support your staff in times of budget cuts? How do you keep up morale when furloughs or layoffs are on the horizon? Share your ideas and thoughts on how to help staff get the professional development they desire? Find out how others are coping.

It is not necessary to belong to ALCTS to participate in the discussion, however, a logon and password are required. To obtain a logon and password and/or to register, go to the website, click on Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) under the ALA Division heading, and select alcts-eforum@ala.org.

We hope you will join us for this moderated discussion beginning Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 10am EST. The discussion will conclude on Friday, January 16 at 8pm EST.

Pamela Bluh
Past President, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS),
a division of the American Library Association

440 Field is now obsolete

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Many of you have already heard that MARC field 440 has been made obsolete. What this means is that you must now use a combination of the 490 field and an 8XX field for a traced series.
*The 490 field with a first indicator of 0 continues to mean that the series was taken from the item in hand, and the series is not traced
*The 490 field with a first indicator of 1 now means that the series is traced in an appropriate 8XX field (800-830). The series statement in the 490 field is taken from the item in hand, but it is traced as given in the 8XX field.

The PCC (Program for Cooperative Cataloging) has already recommended implementation of the change, and it is already reflected in MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data. However, OCLC has not yet implemented it. Also, OCLC is still deliberating whether or not it will do an automatic conversion of the existing 440 fields in the WorldCat database.

You may implement the change at any time at your library. And, if you would like to convert all the existing 440 fields in your catalog to a 490/830 combination, there is a handy macro that was created just for you. Walter Nickeson (University of Rochester) has posted his “Make 830 macro” on his macro site.

For a bit more information on this change, see the article entitled “Recent Changes in MARC Fields for Series” in the January 2009 issue of the MINITEX/OCLC Mailing. You can also find the PCC guidelines for Field 440 on their Website.

ALCTS 2009 Online Course Schedule

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The Fundamentals of Acquisitions focuses on what you need to know about the basics of acquiring monographs and serials: goals and methods; financial management of materials budgets; and relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents, and publishers. Participants will receive a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made.

Session 1: February 23 – March 20, 2009
Session 2: April 13 – May 8, 2009
Session 3: June 1 – June 26, 2009
Session 4: August 10 – September 4, 2009
Session 5: October 5 – October 30, 2009


The Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions Web course will provide an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources. It will provide a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and pricing models and will provide an overview of the sometimes complex relationships between vendors, publishers, platform providers, and libraries.

Session 1: February 23 – March 20, 2009
Session 2: April 6 – May 1, 2009
Session 3: June 8 – July 3, 2009
Session 4: August 10 – September 4, 2009
Session 5: September 14 – October 9, 2009
Session 6: October 19 – November 13, 2009

The Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management addresses the basic components of these important areas of responsibility in libraries. Components include complete definition of collection development and collection management; collections policies and budgets as part of library planning; collection development (selecting for and building collections); collection management (e.g., making decisions after materials are selected, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation); collection analysis—why and how to do it; outreach, liaison, and marketing; and some suggestions about the future for collection development and management.

Session 1: February 16 – March 13, 2009
Session 2: March 23 – April 17, 2009
Session 3: May 4 – May 29, 2009
Session 4: August 3 – August 28, 2009
Session 5: September 21 – October 16, 2009
Session 6: October 26 – November 20, 2009

Registration fees per session: $109 ALCTS Members; $129 Non-members

Registration is now open for sessions 1 and 2. Click here to register online.

The sessions are limited to 20 people.

For more information, visit the ALCTS Web site, and click on Conferences and Events, or contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Education Manager.


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