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The Library of Congress recently announced that they have devised a long-range training plan for their (now, effectively, certain) move to RDA.

First, a little background. The U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee issued last June a report in which they recommended that RDA adoption by the Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, and the National Library of Medicine take place "no sooner than January 2013"—and then only if nine conditions are either met or significant movement is made on achieving them.[1] According to Beacher Wiggins (Director, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate), a recently published update reveals good progress is being made on matters such as "re-wording" parts of RDA into less elaborate prose and establishing a framework for a successor to the MARC standard.[2] And so with fulfillment of the prerequisites looking favorable, LC personnel have devised a year-long, three-part training plan to bring their cataloging staff up to speed on RDA.

Doubtless the most significant aspect of LC's plan is their target date for RDA implementation: March 31, 2013. This date, as they put it, is "when all catalog records newly created at LC will be produced according to RDA instructions."[3] (Though a "target" date and not a firm deadline, it does give something for the rest of us to hang our hats on.) Their planning document goes into further detail on scheduling, recommended instruction topics, and logistical issues pertinent to LC staff and supervisors; at the same time, it could also serve as a blueprint for local library training.

A reminder that LC has a fairly new webpage that offers one-stop shopping for all of their RDA announcements and materials.

[1] From pages 2–4 of Report and Recommendations of the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee

[2] See the quarterly update on RDA implementation released in January 2012

[3] From page 1 of Long-Range RDA Training Plan for 2012 and Beyond

Taking Library Data from Here to There

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There is a NISO webinar next week (Feb. 22, 2012) that we would like to highlight. For those who have been hearing about the Semantic Web and library linked data, this will be of high interest. Much of our library data as it exists now resides in databases, not on the web where most begin their search for information (for example, 83% of college students begin research using a search engine such as Google. Perceptions of Libraries 2010: Context and Community: A Report to the OCLC Membership)

Karen Coyle will take a look at our library data as it exists now and suggest changes that are needed to bring more visibility to libraries. See below for more details.

NISO/DCMI webinar: Taking Library Data From Here to There
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Minitex Conference Room
15 Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

To register for this on-site webinar, go to

About the Webinar
Libraries have been creating metadata for resources for well over a century. The good news is that library metadata is rules-based and that the library cataloging community has built up a wealth of knowledge about publications, their qualities, and the users who seek them. The bad news is that library practices were fixed long before computers would be used to store and retrieve the data. Library cataloging practice continues to have elements of the era of printed catalogs and alphabetized cards, and needs to modernize to take advantage of new information technologies. This metadata, however, exists today in tens of thousands of databases and there is a large sigh heard around the world whenever a librarian considers the need to make this massive change.

As with all large problems, this one becomes more tractable when broken into smaller pieces. Karen Coyle will present her "five stars of library data," an analysis of the changes needed and some steps that libraries can begin to take immediately. She will also discuss the "open world" view of the linked data movement and how this view can increase the visibility of libraries in the global information space. This webinar will give an introduction to the types of changes that are needed as well as the value that can be realized in library services. Attendees will learn of some preparatory steps have already been taken, which should confirm that libraries have indeed begun the journey "From Here to There."

Karen Coyle is a librarian specializing in metadata development, with a particular interest in the future of bibliographic control. She recently served on the W3C Incubator Group on Library Linked Data, and has written three Library Technology Reports on the Semantic Web and library data.

Thomas Baker, Chief Information Officer of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, was recently co-chair of the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group and currently co-chairs a W3C Incubator Group on Library Linked Data.

Cataloging Kindle E-Books

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The most recent issue (Jan. 2012) of Library Resources and Technical Services (better known as LRTS) has an article that may be of interest:

"Notes on Operations: Kindles and Kindle E-Books in an Academic Library - Cataloging and Workflow Challenges," by Richard E. Sapon-White.

It is available through ELM, in the Academic Search Premier database (among others).

Have you been cataloging e-readers and their books? Any tips to share?

Upcoming Minitex RDA Training

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Minitex Bibliographic and Technical Services has scheduled the following webinars on RDA and FRBR/FRAD for August through December of 2011. Further sessions may be added due to demand or by request.

Regrettably, circumstances have forced us to now charge for these cataloging webinars. Compared to other online training courses on RDA and FRBR/FRAD available elsewhere, however, our pricing is very competitive.

FRBR and FRAD: Keys to RDA

FRBR and FRAD, acronyms for the titles of two published studies on the structure and content of library catalogs, promote concepts that underpin the new cataloging code, RDA. Familiarity with these studies—the new perspectives and vocabulary they bring to the table, for instance—will aid the cataloger in understanding RDA. This 2-day, online workshop gives catalogers an overview of FRBR/FRAD, highlighting new terminology and key themes that manifest themselves in RDA cataloging.

  • Summer Series
    • Day 1: Tuesday, August 16, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 2: Thursday, August 18, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Fall Series
    • Day 1: Wednesday, November 16, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 2: Friday, November 18, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Winter Series
    • Day 1: Monday, December 19, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 2: Wednesday, December 21, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)

Register for “FRBR and FRAD: Keys to RDA”

RDA for the Solo/Copy Cataloger

With RDA implementation likely in early 2013, now is a good time for catalogers to become familiar with recognizing, reviewing, and creating records based on the new cataloging standard. Directed to small library catalogers and those copy catalogers with basic experience, this 3-day, online workshop describes the fundamentals of RDA cataloging for most formats. Though emphasis will be placed on bibliographic records, there will also be a brief look at what's new for RDA authority records.

  • Summer Series
    • Day 1: Wednesday, August 24, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 2: Friday, August 26, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 3: Tuesday, August 30, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Fall Series
    • Day 1: Thursday, September 8, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 2: Monday, September 12, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 3: Wednesday, September 14, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)

Register for “RDA for the Solo/Copy Cataloger”

RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs

Printed textual materials are the focus of this 4-day, online workshop designed for experienced copy catalogers. We will concentrate on using RDA to review and build MARC bibliographic records and address briefly what the new cataloging code brings to MARC authority records.

  • Day 1: Tuesday, September 27, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 2: Friday, September 30, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 3: Tuesday, October 4, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 4: Monday, October 10, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)

Register for “RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs”

RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Continuing Resources

As with other formats, continuing resource cataloging will see some changes under RDA. This 4-day, online workshop introduces the new cataloging standard to experienced copy catalogers, aiming particular attention to the descriptive parts of the MARC bibliographic record. RDA-MARC authority record changes will also be touched upon.

  • Day 1: Wednesday, October 19, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 2: Monday, October 24, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 3: Thursday, October 27, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 4: Wednesday, November 2, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)

Register for “RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Continuing Resources”

RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Audiovisual Materials

Experienced copy catalogers of audiovisual materials who have an interest in learning more about RDA are welcome to participate in this 4-day, online workshop. This webinar series will focus on the descriptive portions of RDA-MARC bibliographic records, with a brief tour of changes made to MARC authority records.

  • Day 1: Wednesday, November 9, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 2: Monday, November 14, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 3: Thursday, November 17, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 4: Tuesday, November 22, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)

Register for “RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Audiovisual Materials”

RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Music Materials

Music scores and music sound recordings share the spotlight in this 4-day, online workshop introducing RDA to experienced copy catalogers. Attention will be paid to the descriptive parts of MARC bibliographic records; we will also look at what RDA brings to MARC authority records.

  • Day 1: Thursday, December 1, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 2: Tuesday, December 6, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 3: Friday, December 9, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 4: Wednesday, December 14, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Central)

Register for “RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Music Materials”

Beginning in 2008 the economic emergency in California has led to severe ongoing reductions in funding for the University of California Libraries' staff and services. In this session Bradford Lee Eden described the libraries' response to this crisis.

The Libraries formed tightly supervised task forces to provide information to higher level administrative decision-makers. The initial groups recommended that the Libraries adopt a financial structure that would cover the entire system. They also suggested that the Libraries move to system-wide acquisitions of shelf-ready materials. That would enable staff to move its focus from print to digital resources.

In the next phase new task forces were formed to develop more options. The Libraries are currently not all using the same ILS, and the task forces considered a recommendation that Libraries convert to one system, but they decided that the expense and disruption involved would make that impractical at this time. They did recommend that to avoid duplication of effort and expense work be done at the network, not local, level in system-wide service centers. In addition, they recommended establishing system-wide standards--for example, that catalogers come to agree on a standard "good enough record" and collection developers agree on standard practices. The task forces also created a list of things to stop doing--e.g. binding journals.

In general, the Libraries found that in order to maximize their effectiveness in providing resources by working as a collective, they had to be careful to clear establish responsibilities and priorities. Eden emphasized that positive attitude combined with willingness to work together and experiment was crucial to the success of their efforts. He believes that that they are not facing a temporary downturn; the world has changed and the good times are not coming back. Everyone must work together to remain for the Libraries to remain viable.

Replacing MARC?

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You may have seen an announcement from LC about the "Bibliographic Framework Initiative." As most titles go, this one isn't necessarily as straightforward as it could be, but the initiative itself will likely be a Big Deal.

As highlighted in a recent Library Journal article, this initiative may signal the beginning of a move away from the MARC format. (Did you just feel the earth shake?)

Take the time to read the LJ article, at least. If you want to follow the progress of the Initiative, check in on their website at:

I'm sure we'll be communicating more about this in the future. Any changes will be a while in coming, and gradual when they do, but they will be significant.

But, hey, we're used to change, aren't we?

FRBR Webinar

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With all the talk lately about RDA, you've likely also heard about FRBR.

FRBR represents a different way of thinking about the sorts of things we catalog and how we express and illustrate relationships between these things. Because it is a highly conceptual approach, it can be hard to wrap your mind around. (Perhaps the Work-Expression-Manifestation-Item model leaves your head spinning?) And RDA represents just one step in the direction of applying FRBR concepts.

So, to get your feet more firmly planted on the foundation that FRBR provides, consider attending the upcoming webinar, sponsored by ALCTS:

FRBR as a Foundation for RDA
Date: December 15, 2010
Time: 1-2 p.m. Central

Description: This webinar will cover the basics of FRBR, including its development and contents. Participants will leave the webinar with an understanding of the entity-relationship model on which FRBR is based, the FRBR entities and relationships, and the FRBR user tasks. The webinar will then address, through an exploration of RDA itself, how FRBR lies at the foundation of RDA's structure, and what implications that might have on future database structures for our catalog descriptions.

Presenter: Robert L. Maxwell, one of the foremost authorities in the cataloging field, is senior librarian and chair of the Special Collections and Formats Catalog Department at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. His most recent book, FRBR : A Guide for the Perplexed, was published in 2008. He has chaired RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee of ACRL and has served on the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) of ALCTS. He is the author of the Highsmith Award-winning Maxwell's Guide to Authority Work and/Maxwell's Guide to AACR2. He holds a MLS from the University of Arizona, JD and MA from Brigham Young University, and PhD in classical languages and literature from the University of Toronto.

To Register, complete the online registration form at for the session you would like to attend.

Registration Fee: NOTE: This is one of four webinars on various aspects of RDA to be presented by ALCTS this fall. Special rates apply.

ALCTS member: $39 each webinar, any 2 webinars for $66 (save $12), all four webinars for $120 (save $36)
Non-member: $49 each webinar, any 2 webinars for $86 (save $12), all four webinars for $160 (save $36)
Group rates: $99 each webinar, any 2 webinars for $178 (save $20), all four webinars for $346 (save $50)

The one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording.
For questions about registration, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior Registration Coordinator at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4293 or

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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Minitex Workshop MarcEdit: An Introduction

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MarcEdit: An Introduction

Wednesday, December 8, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Central Time
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Wilson Library, S30C

Have you been longing for an efficient way to manage, edit or analyze large groups of bib records? Come learn about MarcEdit, a freely downloadable metadata software suite available at no cost on the Internet. MarcEdit is designed for large-scale batch record processing, including batch editing MARC records, character set conversions, and record extractions. It also provides users with the ability to perform crosswalks between MARC and other data formats (e.g. Dublin Core). This workshop demonstrates how to edit large batches of records and discusses how your library might use MarcEdit to enhance your workflows.

You are welcome to bring your own laptop if you would like. (UMN will provide Wi-Fi access.) By bringing a laptop you can get the MarcEdit program downloaded, configured, and ready to take back to your library.

The presenter will be Terry Reese the creator of MarcEdit and the Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services at Oregon State University.

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