September 04, 2008

Registration Open for MINITEX/OCLC User Group Meeting

Registration is now open for the MINITEX/OCLC User Group meetings scheduled to be held in each of our 3 states this October. For the primary content, we have asked R2 Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in workflow analysis and redesign for academic libraries, to present a workshop on Technical Services Workflow Analysis. We will also have time for MINITEX and OCLC updates and demos.

Register for the MINITEX/OCLC User Group Meeting

March 24, 2008

RDA Update as of March 2008

The Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA (Resource Description and Access) continues its work on the new cataloging code to replace AACR2; and with a release date of early 2009, the cataloging community has begun to think (and worry?) seriously about training and implementation. An ALA RDA Implementation Task Force has been formed, but I have been unable to find any recent information about it. It is not expected that actual implementation will take place until late 2009, and even then, it may be only a partial implementation. 
RDA has been reorganized and now incorporates FRBR principles more clearly. All the FRBR entities are included and each section and chapter is related to a FRBR user task and a FRBR entity. You can see an outline of the new organization at the JSC RDA website.
Some other links that may be of interest:

July 16, 2007

Informing the Future of MARC

After reflecting on the sessions I attended at ALA 2007, I thought I would share a summary of one I attended.

Informing the Future of MARC: An Empirical Approach
William E. Moen and Shawne Miksa from the School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas.

The future is only partially about MARC. There is a broader digital information landscape (web standards, metadata landscape), new technologies, and changes in cataloging practice (FRBR, RDA) on the horizon.

MARC Content Designation Utilization Project--Funded by IMLS, they used a set of 56 million MARC records from WorldCat, and analyzed the frequency of variable and fixed field use by catalogers. For the purposes of their project, they defined MARC as a metadata scheme. They decided to do the study because they did a smaller study initially, and saw that a very small percentage of fixed fields used account for something like 80% of the records in WorldCat, so they wanted to analyze this further with a larger set of records. They analyzed 20 different data sets separately, and these reports can be found on their Web site.

They plan on making the tools they used available to individuals so institutions can do their own analysis locally. This was perhaps the most interesting tidbit of information to me. Libraries could use these tools to do some pretty creative data analysis of their own MARC records. This study was not meant to recommend which fields a cataloger should use in the MARC record. The questions for the larger cataloging community that came out of their study was "what is needed in the bibliographic record?"

April 27, 2007

LC Public Meetings

Pay attention library folk! The future is under discussion.

Remember the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control that we told you about back in December? They are about to hold their second public meeting on May 9 in Chicago. The topic for this meeting is Structures and Standards for Bibliographic Data. The Agenda and Background Paper have been posted on the Group’s Website. And if you actually want to attend the meeting, you can Register Online.

The first public meeting of the Group was held on March 8 in Mountain View, CA and a Brief Summary of that meeting (Users and Uses of Bibliographic Data) has also been posted. The third and final public meeting will be held July 9 in northern Virginia (exact location still to be decided) on the topic of Economics and Organization of Bibliographic Data.

LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control

March 22, 2007

Karen Calhoun moves to OCLC

Many of you may recall a report we suggested you read and which was discussed by the Future of Technical Services panel during our MINITEX OCLC Users Group meeting. The report was "The Changing Nature of the Catalog and its Integration with Other Discovery Tools," prepared for the Library of Congress by Karen Calhoun, March 17, 2006.

It has just been announced that Karen Calhoun will join OCLC as VP for OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services in May.

We live in interesting times.

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