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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.

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.

Registration is now open for a series of ALCTS-sponsored webinars on RDA for autumn 2011.

The first webinar examines the report recently issued by the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee--their findings and recommendations on RDA implementation. The remaining sessions introduce viewers to the cataloging of maps, music materials, and legal resources.

Information on registration and fees is available on each of the websites listed above. Register for webinars individually or, for additional savings, all five.

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?

If you'd like to hear more from libraries that are using OCLC Web-scale Management Service, register for this webinar on February 3.

Jackie Beach of CPC Regional Libraries in North Carolina, Michael Dula of Pepperdine University and Jason Griffey of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga -all early members of the user community- will explain why they chose Web-scale Management Services and will share their progress to-date.

Additionally, Andrew K. Pace, OCLC Director of Networked Services, will host the Webinar and talk about the strategy of Web-scale Management Services.

Date & Time:
Thursday, February 3 at 1:00 p.m. (Central)

Register Now

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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Join ALA Digital Reference Publisher Troy Linker as he gives an overview of Resource Description and Access (RDA) and describes how it is integrated into the RDA Toolkit. He will review highlights of the RDA Toolkit and point out how you can make the most of the open-access period through August 31, 2010. Pricing, subscription options, and future plans for the continual improvement of the RDA Toolkit will also be discussed.

Learn how to:

  • create your own profile (and why it benefits you)
  • search and browse RDA instructions
  • create and share workflows and mappings--tools to customize RDA to support your organization's training, internal processes, and local policies
  • search RDA based on your existing knowledge of AACR2 rule numbers
  • access RDA content both by table of contents and by element set
  • search and browse AACR2 rules with links to help users navigate from AACR2 to RDA

Reserve your place today at one of these upcoming virtual sessions!


Thursday, June 17
9:00am (Central)

Thursday, June 17
8:00pm (Central)

Friday, June 18
3:00pm (Central)

(Offered at multiple times to allow people in different time zones to participate; the times listed are US Central time zone hours. The World Clock will help you work out the best time for you.)

For those not able to join us for one of the live events, they will be recorded and posted to the RDA website.

New RDA Pricing

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Note the following announcement from ALA publishing that was sent out to the RDA-L listserv:

Thank you for your input. The Co-Publishers for RDA have received considerable feedback about what you need to make implementation of RDA as smooth, rapid, and efficient as possible, whatever your type or size of institution and whatever country you're in. Based on what you've told us, we're introducing some additional options to the previously announced pricing and product.

  • A solo-user license (one profile, one user) for the RDA Toolkit at $195 (USD). This solo-user license is in addition to, and differs from, the previously announced site licenses. The solo-user license is for single-user environments where access to the RDA Toolkit is not shared with other individuals in the same institution. By contrast, the previously announced site license base price of $325 (USD) is designed for multi-user environments where one concurrent user (with the option to add additional concurrent users) is shared with an unlimited number of individuals within the same institution. For more details on pricing, please visit the website
  • A double-user offer for those who subscribe at any site license level to the RDA Toolkit before August 31, 2011. During the evaluation and initial implementation of RDA, when users are likely to need more frequent concurrent access, subscribers will receive double the purchased number of concurrent users of the RDA Toolkit at no additional charge for their first subscription period. (For example, buy a 2-user site license but get a 4-user license for no additional cost.)
  • Full-text loose-leaf print versions of both Resource Description and Access (RDA) and RDA: Element Set View. While most users agree the preferred way to interact with RDA is online via the RDA Toolkit, the Co-Publishers will offer the full text of RDA in print (including an index) as well as online, to help ensure that RDA reaches the widest possible audience. In addition to these print items in English, the Co-Publishers will work with publishing partners to distribute translations of them to supplement translations offered in the RDA Toolkit online. Pricing and availability to be announced closer to the June RDA Toolkit launch date.

Have you signed up yet to receive updates? If not, please sign up at or send your email address to, and we'll send you updates as information becomes available. Updates will include the complimentary open-access period, free trials, pricing, special introductory offers, print versions, product updates, and more-for the U.S.A. and other countries. You can also bookmark our informational website at

For general information about the open-access period (June through August 31, 2010), please visit

Resource Description and Access (RDA) and the RDA Toolkit are published by the Co-Publishers for RDA (the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and Facet Publishing, the publishing arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).

Kind regards,

Troy Linker
Publisher, ALA Digital Reference
American Library Association
(312) 280-5101

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