The Berman Catalog

Madeline Douglass writes "
Check out David Bigwood's Catalogablog for
an interesting discussion on the Berman Catalog.

"Thursday, January 20, 2005

Hennepin County Library Authority Files

As the files are currently presented they are only searchable by record number. Surely, such an important resource for historic, practical
and educational purposes deserves better."

Read the full blog entry and proposed solutions on Catalogablog


Do We Have Errors in Dewey?

Anonymous Patron writes "The Ohio Library Council’s Technical Services Division would like to announce their sponsorship of the DEWEYERROR list, a new electronic distribution list that will alert members to suspected errors in Dewey numbers in LC records.

Do you, or does your library, routinely accept Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) numbers from Library of Congress (LC) catalog records without checking them first? Or, do you not only check them, but also take the trouble to advise LC when you suspect a number is in error? If you answered yes to either of these questions, the DEWEYERROR list is available for your use.

The Ohio Library Council's Technical Services Division is sponsoring this list based upon the support of several of our members. It supersedes a privately maintained list dedicated to the same purpose. Fianna Holt, Technical Services Librarian at Albright College (Reading, PA) has commented: "This list is worthwhile for the mistakes that I can catch or can alert the staff when it is an ordered item. … just today, your message on the book Now, discover your strengths by Marcus Buckingham was valuable as we had accepted the number as is. It's clearly misclassified and I am going to change to your suggestion!"

To subscribe to the list, send an e-mail to [email protected] with the text SUBSCRIBE DEWEYERROR plus your name. This is not a discussion list - only notification takes place - so postings should not be excessive. All postings are verified for appropriateness (but not for accuracy) so you will be spared irrelevant material. The list has no official connection with the Library of Congress, nor with OCLC, owners and publishers of the Dewey Decimal Classification(TM) system."


New 13-digit ISBN has been approved

The Reader's Shop writes "Plans are underway to transition to the new 13-digit ISBN number industry-wide, world-wide by January 1, 2007. The page includes information for publishers and librarians plus links to more information.

Related Links:
The Standard, and
The L.O.C."


Run your very own library from your home or office?

Geckomlis writes "Wired News has an interesting article: Monster Fueled by CaffeineDelicious Library is now a cataloging program, appealing to those with an obsessive, Nick Hornby-esque desire to catalog every song, book and movie on their living room shelves.But from the start, the software was planned to be social, allowing friends, neighbors and colleagues to see what's in each others' media libraries, and turn collections into personal lending libraries.Version two, due later this year, will allow users to browse each other's libraries. It will be location-aware, letting users know who has what in their neighborhood or city.It will also work on local networks (using Apple Computer's Rendezvous), so people can browse their colleagues' or fellow students' collections, just as Apple's iTunes exposes other users' playlists.The current version already has a checkout manager for keeping track of loans."


Folksonomies vs. Controlled Vocabularies

teaperson writes "Clay Shirky of NYU writes on Corante about how "folksonomies" (taxonomies created by social networks, like or flickr will often work better (and alongside) controlled vocabularies, because the costs are so much lower -- and non-librarians will use them BECAUSE the costs are lower."
We've run something on this before as well. Be sure to read Louis Rosenfeld's Take as well as Adam Mathes. Do folksonomies mean the end of cataloging as we know it?


WorldCat Searching to Change in Connexion

AshtabulaGuy writes "OCLC posted to the TECHBUL-L list word that a new technical bulletin was issued. Technical Bulletin 251 outlines changes in searching of WorldCat through the Connexion interface. The change will be phased in over time but does modify practices that catalogers might have been trained to follow significant amounts of time ago. Derived searches do not come through this unscathed of any changes."


Illinois Libraries Get Unlimited Access To OCLC Services writes

Illinois libraries have unlimited use of OCLC cataloguing, resource sharing, content management and FirstSearch reference services under terms of a new three-year agreement.Services will support and be supported by the Statewide Illinois Library Catalog (SILC), a group online union catalogue created by Illinois libraries and OCLC that gives all Illinois citizens access to the more than 55 million items held in libraries throughout the state. That's according to a recent OCLC statement.

Read the rest of this article

Daniel adds, Montana also has a statewide contract for OCLC services. Hopefully some states, at least the small ones, can jump on this bandwagon too! Is there anyone from Montana to comment on how well this arrangement is working out?


Why Dewey's Decimal System is prejudiced

Steven writes "Why Dewey's Decimal System is prejudiced is a short piece that argues The DDC's aging value system shows the pernicious influence of reality. It says This highlights two ways our taxonomies are changing now that we're shaking off the physical and moving to the electronic. First, the physical world is so hard to change that a taxonomy that's offensive in its inherent values — and all taxonomies have values baked into them — may be worth maintaining simply because no taxonomy is worse than an offensive taxonomy. Second, the most important job of the new generation of librarians is to build into information objects sufficient metadata that any organization can create its own taxonomy."


SACO resources great for reference

rteeter writes "If you're not a cataloger (and maybe even if you are), you might not have heard of SACO. Even if you knew that SACO is a cooperative system for proposing new Library of Congress Subject Headings, you'd probably think Web Resources for SACO Proposals would be really dull. But consider this: catalogers proposing new subject headings have to have be sure of their terms. They call it authority work; you might call it reference work.

"So Web Resources for SACO Proposals turns out to be a great place to find all kinds of online topical dictionaries, encyclopedias, and gazetteers."


Libraries and how to classify your own collections

MadTom writes

"Part of a series called "Hacking the Library", this installment further explores what the author, Kendall Grant Clark, calls "dijalog", or "the confluence and intertwingling of the digital and the analog" as it applies to library constructs. His main premise about libraries as both a social and physical space is:

by navigating through, that is, by cleverly inhabiting, a particular, highly regimented social space, you can identify, locate, and interact with objects -- born digital, born physical, or both -- that represent or constitute your very own culture, or cultures far removed in space and time from your own.

The article goes on to discuss ways to use library classifications schemes on your own collections

Read the full article
(, March 17, 2004)



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