September 2009 Archives

Registration Open for NISO Webinar - RDA, AACR, and MARC

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Registration is open for NISO's October webinar on Bibliographic Control Alphabet Soup: AACR to RDA and Evolution of MARC, to be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Librarians, ILS vendors, and commercial cataloging service providers--as well as a wide variety of related service providers--all know that the proverbial, heavily acronym-spiced "bibliographic control alphabet soup" involves the intelligent and well informed use of many ingredients. Chief in these are constantly evolving standards, combined with more than a sprinkling of creativity and insight. Three expert metadata chefs will analyze and discuss specific alphabetic ingredients already in use or soon to be implemented in the bib control kitchen.

Diane Hillmann (Director of Metadata Initiatives, Information Institute of Syracuse) will provide an overview of RDA Elements and Vocabularies: a Step Forward from MARC. RDA elements and vocabularies represent the distillation of library descriptive knowledge, optimized for use within an environment that speaks XML, RDF, and linked data, and expressed in an FRBR-aware manner.

Barbara Tillett (Chief, Policy and Standards Division, Library of Congress) will review There to Here to There -- AACR2 and RDA. Learn how what started as AACR3 evolved into an entirely new approach with a new name.

William Moen (Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas) will discuss results from the IMLS-sponsored research project: Data-driven Evidence for Core MARC Records. The project team examined 56 million WorldCat bibliographic records and analyzed patterns of use by catalogers of available fields/subfields.

For more information and to register, visit the event webpage. Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. NISO and NASIG members receive a discounted member rate. A student discount is also available. Can't make it on the 14th? Register and gain access to the recorded archive for one year.

Fundamentals of...

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ALCTS, ALA's Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, has a series of Web-based courses that we think look interesting.

Fundamentals of Acquisitions, Fundamentals of Electronic Resources and Acquisitions, and Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management are all Web-based, self-paced sessions that take place over 4-week periods. They are tailored for librarians and para-professionals in all types of libraries who are new to the topic area, and include interaction with instructors and classmates.

At a reasonable rate of $109 for ALCTS members and $129 for non-members, they look like they'd be very helpful to anyone stepping into new responsibilities in these areas. (And the Collection Development course was developed by Peggy Johnson, of the University of Minnesota Libraries!)

Go here for course descriptions, schedules and registration.

If you do attend one of these sessions, or if you have taken one in the past, please let us know what you think!

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