December 2009 Archives

OCLC Americas Regional Council Meeting - Attend Virtually

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The OCLC Americas Regional Council will hold its first meeting at ALA Midwinter, January 15, 2010, 7:30 - 10:30 am (CST).

If you will be unable to attend in-person, you can still register to view portions of the meeting that will be broadcast live on the Web.

The Americas Regional Council meeting is an open forum to discuss issues of importance to its members and to advise OCLC about its products, services, policies and operating direction. The Americas Regional Council Executive Committee, members of OCLC Board of Trustees, Global Council and OCLC Management will be present for interactive discussions. Bring your ideas and be ready to participate.

Comprised of members from libraries and other cultural heritage organizations from Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and the United States, the Americas Regional Council is part of the OCLC cooperative's new governance structure that consists of three Regional Councils and a Global Council to facilitate member-to-member discussions across the cooperative.

Remember, every member has a voice! The Americas Regional Council is interested in what you have to say. Register now to participate.

If you have questions about the meeting or the Americas Regional Council, please contact Patrick Wilkinson, the Chair of the Americas Regional Council.


Learn more about OCLC Global Council and the three Regional Councils.

Online Introduction to Cataloging Course Available

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This message from Virginia Heinrich, MCTC, was just sent out to the Minitex News listserv...

Interested in improving your library cataloging skills? Want to do it in a supportive, course-based learning environment? Want do it online? Then consider registering for Minneapolis Community and Technical College's INFS 2200 Introduction to Cataloging course.

Taught as part of MCTC's Library Information Technology A.S. degree and certificate programs, this 16-week, 3 credit course introduces cataloging and classification of information resources, including print, audiovisual, and digital formats. You will apply cataloging metadata standards to create original and edit existing MARC records in OCLC. You will be introduced to Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification schemes, focusing on LC. You will use Library of Congress Subject Headings and other controlled vocabularies for subject analysis of resources. You will be introduced to professional and ethical standards for cataloging, emphasizing user access to information.

Throughout the course, we'll be looking at changes being brought forward by the transition to RDA (Resource Description and Access), as well as exploring other literature related to knowledge management.

Tuition for this fully online course is $561.18; enrollment information for non-degree seeking students is available online.

To register for this course or for more information, please contact instructor Carla Dewey Urban at 612-625-0590. More information about MCTC's Library Information Technology program and awards is online.

Virginia Heinrich
Instructor/Librarian/Library Operations Coordinator
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
612-659-6296/800-247-0911
virginia.heinrich@minneapolis.edu

RDA Delayed Until June 2010

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This was just announced:

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

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