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)


The Library of Congress Error Reporting Form

Did you know the L.O.C. has an Error Reporting Form? Well, catalogablog did. You can usethis form to report catalog and authority record errors found in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.

"Do everybody a favor and use it. The sooner they correct the errors the fewer catalogs contain the error, or have to correct it. I just reported the wrong call number in the record for Sun / by Stephen M. Tomecek ; illustrated by Carla Golembe. They have QE something, a geology number. So don't just complain, report it and help all of us to have better catalogs. "


Latin place names

rteeter writes: "Many of us may be geeks, but you have to be right sort of geek to appreciate this. Latin Place Names, as found in books published before 1801. Rare books geeks? History buffs? Anyway, I thought it was cool."


Free WebDewey trial

Rich writes "OCLC/Forest Press is offering a free 30-day trial
of WebDewey. Registration is required.
Here's The Link."
There's more about WebDewey Here, as well as a Tutorial.


In Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Penn's Library Card Catalog

David P. Dillard writes "The old ways of finding information included much time in drawers of 3 X 5
cards called a library card catalog that indexed library collections by
author title and subject of owned publications and other materials. In
1984, a centennial exhibition was held for the huge card catalog of the
University of Pennsylvania Library. This historical record of the event
may be of interest.

Here Is The Text from the 1984 Exhibit
in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of
Penn's Library Card Catalog
Text from a speech given by Sue Jacobson, March 1984, at the opening of
the exhibit


Watch WorldCat Grow

Robert Teeter writes "See new records as they are added to OCLC's WorldCat: Right Here, Refreshes every 8 seconds. Kinda mesmerizing.

(Via Gary Price and Library Stuff) "


The ghost of a card catalog

From today's Washington Post:

The catalogues are in the ground-floor lobby of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at Ninth and G streets NW, row after row of tan wooden chests containing hundreds of steel-handled drawers filled with approximately 4 million typewritten cards . . . ever since computer terminals began providing an online catalogue in 1984 and the library stopped updating the cards in 1991, frequent use has declined . . .

But . . . library officials say the city's flagship library and its outdated catalogues are stuck with each other -- literally. The cabinets are mounted on top of a concrete fill that is 31/2 inches deep and surrounded by granite, and any attempt to remove them would be an expensive proposition for a public library system strapped for cash and struggling to use what money it has to maintain aging branches.

Complete article.


Great Moments in the History of Technical Services

Joe Edelen of the MPLA distributed this link to a fun little pseudohistory by two catalogers at UC Irvine.


One Woman's 'Night' Duty Pays Off

Ruth noticed One Woman's 'Night' Duty Pays Off, a little story about a disagreement about where to shelve Elie Wiesel's autobiographical first book, "Night," about his experiences during the Holocaust.
Researcher Michele Lipson said Fiction, other people thought, she asked the author.

"Twenty minutes later, the flight attendant comes back and hands me the note I wrote. On it, he wrote, 'nonfiction.' I was thrilled. My grandmother said, 'Ah, you see. He didn't even sign it.'"



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