Hennepin County Library replaces catalog

Somone writes \"On March 5, 2002 Charles Brown, the director of
the Hennepin County Library System announced that
they are going to replace their innovative internationally
acclaimed catalog and use the Library of Congress Subject
Headings instead.

So why is this important? As you know a library\'s catalog
is the first point of contact for everything in a library.
People can search the catalog themselves or ask us to
search it for them. If the catalog does not contain the
subjects that people are searching for neither they nor
we can find the information they need.


Peoples Catalog for the 21st Century

Madeline Douglass writes \"Berman\'s catalog has always been instantly and continuously responsive
to the pulse of global culture, it embraces and celebrates diversity,
recognizes and defines emerging trends. It is the true Peoples Catalog
for the 21st century.

Dynamic and ever evolving, not limited by bias or outdated language or
censorship, Berman\'s catalog is NOT a relic of the past, it\'s NOT obsolete,
it\'s NOT incompatible with the internet. It can, more than any other existing
resource, be used to help us find the information we need on the internet.


Sanford Berman\'s original cataloging to be decommissioned

The list of user-centered original
subject headings created by Sanford Berman and his staff over two and a half decades
at Hennepin County Library is now going to be replaced in the catalog by
straight LC subject headings, or something close to that. In Sandy\'s
words, \"The curtain is coming down.\" He got the news on Tuesday. Sandy\'s ideas about user-centered cataloging live on in the books and
articles that he has written and in the work of the many catalogers who have been inspired by him around the world.


MARC21 fever hits the UK!

The British Library has released a number of proposals for the switch from UKMARC to MARC21 in UK cataloguing. The change is due to take place towards the end of 2003 and the document dicusses the issues raised. See the full document here.
I found it interesting, and not only because I\'m hoping my knowledge of MARC21 will get me job on my return to the UK later this year!


James is in town (Java MARC events that is)

Thanks to the ever interesting Internet Scout Weblog, details of James (Java MARC events):
\"a Java package that provides an event model for MARC records through Java callbacks [...] Using James you can write programs that involve MARC records without knowing the details of the MARC record structure\"
It\'s a bit beyond my technical understanding but sounds intriguing. Find out more.


God and Bibliographic Control

An interesting article from the always valuable First Monday tracing the history of the bibliographic control of printed sermons and its role in the development of the art generally:

This essay will focus on the field of homiletics in America, especially within the mainline Protestant tradition, which can trace its beginnings to the New England settlers in the 17th century. The invention of the printing press two centuries before had increased the need for bibliographic control across Europe, and when printing arrived with the settlers in America, that same need followed. The first homiletical textbooks came from the printing of sermons, and young ministers \"turned to these ordination sermons to supplement their apprenticeships with working pastors.\" The first libraries in America were theological libraries, stemming from the work in England of an Anglican minister named Thomas Bray and his Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. By the early 19th century, homiletics was transformed into a formal academic discipline with the establishment of seminaries and divinity schools across America.

This issue also contains the article Positioning the Public Library in the Modern State: The Opportunity of the Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).


The automated cataloger is here

The \"digital librarian\" referred to in this story from the Jerusalem Post is actually Gammasite, automated cataloging software which apparently learns to \"work like the human mind\". The notion is a little misleading as it \"catalogs\" only digital material (word-processed documents, intranet pages, web pages etc.), but it has a number of major clients who use it as a knowledge management tool.


Cataloging Newspapers: A Journey into the Past

Chris Mulder, State Agency Cataloger at State Library of North Carolina has written a nice Article about cataloging newspapers in an older edition of Mississippi Libraries. It almost makes me want to go back and do some cataloging.

\"Do you like mysteries? How about puzzles, riddles or mazes? Well, if you can answer \"yes\" to any of the above, you may be a natural-born newspaper cataloger. For me, newspapers offer the most fun a serials cataloger can have, even though they can also be very challenging.\"


Precursors of Search Engines

Always Helpful Brian from writes \" Knowledge Management magazine has an Article which discusses DDC as a paper filing system and makes suggestions for the indexing of e-docs. \"

They close with an interesting thought:

\"One lesson from the past, however, is still an important one. We should be reluctant to accept any sort of closed classification system in a world as full of change as ours is. We should use technology not as an excuse to create a single new system but as a way to gain access under as many systems as possible.\"


Library shelves interfiling has a Story on how The North Carroll library had been experimenting with shelving adult and children\'s nonfiction books together, but now the county library board of trustees has voted to stop interfiling the books. They had consolidated 31,581 adult and childrens nonfiction books into the adult section in June, to make more room for children\'s fiction books in the children\'s section, and to allow patrons to find information in a single place.

\"\"It exposed children to adult materials, We were incredulous that this was being done - it was just so inappropriate.\" said Donna Schott of Manchester, an active library patron.



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