September 2010 Archives

3 Part Online Workshop on Using RDA

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ALA TechSource announced an online three-part workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future. Presenters Karen Coyle, Chris Oliver, and Diane Hillmann will offer a perspective on RDA from the context of metadata models and with an eye toward sharing library data.

Session 1: New Models of Metadata, led by Karen Coyle. October 27, 2010. 1:30 p.m. (Central)

Session 2: RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments, led by Chris Oliver. November 10, 2010. 1:30 p.m (Central)

Session 3: RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web, led by Diane Hillmann. November 17, 2010 1:30 p.m. (Central)

Visit the ALA TechSource Blog for more information about these sessions

Series cost: $135. To purchase access and register go to the ALA Store.

New RDA Webinar for Non-Catalogers!

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RDA for Non-Catalogers: A Gentle Introduction

Implementation of Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new manual of cataloging rules designed to succeed AACR2, has the potential to affect many library activities outside of the cataloging department: from the acquisition of new materials to reference interactions with the catalog user. This brief webinar will introduce participants to RDA, describe how to locate RDA records in OCLC's WorldCat database, and highlight some of the changes the new guidelines may bring to your library catalog.

  • Friday, September 17, 10:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m. (Central)
  • Wednesday, October 13, 10:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m. (Central)
  • Friday, October 22, 2:00 p.m.--3:00 p.m. (Central)
  • Monday, October 25, 10:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m. (Central)
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2:00 p.m.--3:00 p.m. (Central)
  • Friday, October 29, 2:00 p.m.--3:00 p.m. (Central)
  • Thursday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m. (Central)
  • Wednesday, November 10, 10:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m. (Central)

And we still have seats available for these early winter sessions of RDA: What It Is, and What It Means to You.

  • Thursday, November 11, 10:00 a.m.--11:30 a.m. (Central)
  • Thursday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.--11:30 a.m. (Central)

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WorldCat Reaches 200 Million Records

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The Bibliothèque nationale de France has added the 200 millionth bibliographic record to the WorldCat database 39 years after the OCLC online union catalog and shared cataloging system was launched.

The record describes "Je reviendrai à Montréal" ("I will return to Montreal"), a sound recording by Robert Charlebois made in 1993. The 200 millionth record was added to WorldCat on August 27, 2010, only one day after the 39th anniversary of the launching of the OCLC online union catalog and shared cataloging system on August 26, 1971.

WorldCat continues to grow faster than ever. In the fiscal year that ended on June 30, libraries added 56 million records to WorldCat. In comparison, it took the OCLC cooperative:
31 years, from 1971 to 2002, to add the first 50 million records
six years (2002-2008) to add the next 50 million
1.5 years (2008-2009) to add the next 50 million
10 months (November 2009-August 2010) to add the next 50 million, for a total of 200 million.

The growth rate for bibliographic records is being matched by that of holding symbols in WorldCat, which represent the libraries that hold the items cataloged. The number of holdings surpassed 1.6 billion on June 4, 2010. The OCLC cooperative hit 1 billion holdings on August 11, 2005. It took the cooperative 34 years to get to 1 billion. Since then, libraries have added more than half a billion symbols in less than five years.

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