IgNoble Prize in Literature

As the Nobel Prizes were given out, this year the IgNoble Prizes also went out. One went to a researcher over the use ofthe word "the", and how it affects alphabetization. "LITERATURE: Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Blue Mountains, Australia, for her study of the word "the" -- and of the many ways it causes problems for anyone who tries to put things into alphabetical order. REFERENCE: "The Definite Article: Acknowledging 'The' in Index Entries," Glenda Browne, The Indexer, vol. 22, no. 3 April 2001, pp.

Library of Congress Working Group report

I know there's something here to report, but I'm too busy...maybe you can read and report... <p> <a href="">The Library of Congress and the Future of Bibliographic Control: Working Group Report</a> <p> "Last November, the Library of Congress (LC) established a Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (

The Genius of Library Cataloging and its Possible Future

Cataloging Futures Pointed The Way to "The Genius of Library Cataloging and its Possible Future [RAM File] Christine Schwartz calls it "truly essential listening if you think there's more to cataloging that mindlessly accepting copy and "marking and parking." While the whole lecture is well worth the full 1 1/2 hours, the last 40 minutes or so deal with Dr. Miksa's vision for a cataloging future."


How are your books arranged at home?

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"The Catalog's Last Stand"

Norm Medeiros, Associate Librarian at Haverford College pens a piece [PDF Link] that lays down some provocative questions about the future of local catalogs and discovery tools. Given the power of the ever-growing mega-databases of library metadata (OCLC) and data (Google), is it a matter of time before the usefulness and depth of those tools and resources make irrelevant smaller tools and catalogs? In their place Medeiros notes the growing importance of workflow management and institutional repositories as new frontiers for the library.


Local cataloguing "a waste of money"

Anonymous Patron writes "Tim Coates of the Good Library Blog says 'Within most of the 200 public library authorities in the UK there is a cataloguing operation which makes sure that the catalogue data sent with books conforms to the cataloguing procedures of that authority.' 'There is no need to do this work.' 'It is all a waste of money — but jolly good fun.' August 15, 2007Fifteen million pounds each year to re-catalogue books that have already been catalogued /08/fifteen_million.html September 7, 2007Carry on Cataloguing /09/carry_on_catalo.html September 9, 2007How many cataloguers are there in Essex Public Libraries? /09/how_many_catalo_1.html September 10, 2007Bibliographic Data /09/bibliographic_d.html September 13, 2007Cataloguing a go-go /09/cataloguing_a_g.html"


On Cataloging...More About the BISAC System

Since our current poll about subject classification includes the BISAC system, I thought I'd post a blog entry on the subject from Catalogablog librarian David Bigwood of the Universities Space Research Association. He directs us to the website of BISAC Subject Headings information on line.


A library catalog built using the MyLibrary software

Eric Lease Morgan has created a simple and traditional library catalog of about 300,000 items using the MyLibrary software. From the about page:

This is an index of just less than 300,000 MARC records -- a
traditional library catalog. MARC records were downloaded from
the Library of Congress. MARC data was cross-walked to MyLibrary
(Dublin Core) fields and imported. The content of the MyLibrary
database was indexed with Kinosearch and made accessible via an
SRU interface. Search results sport cover art from If
reviews exist, then they can be read. Users can to view the full
MARC records in tagged, MARCXML, and MODS formats. Users can
create accounts for themselves and have items (virtually)
delivered to them.

The implementation is not necessarily intended to be a production service but rather exists to demonstrate what can be done with MyLibrary -- an open source digital library framework & toolbox.


SC library awaits nation change to abandon Dewey Decimal

The Charleston Daily Mail takes a look at that "new movement could change the face of libraries across the country as they start to organize their books more like bookstores."
"We're following these libraries that have made this change, and we are trying to listen and learn from them before we make a decision of our own," said Toni Blessing, the library's adult collection coordinator.

"It certainly is appealing, especially for our smaller locations," she said. "I think it would be difficult for the main library."

LibraryThing: A Social Cataloging Web Site

Video of presentation by Tim Spalding, the founder of LibraryThing.
Here is the overview of the program at the Library of Congress site.
The Library of Congress presents a program in its "Digital Future & You" series featuring LibraryThing, a social cataloging and social networking Web site.

Speaker Biography: Tim Spalding is the founder of the social cataloging website, LibraryThing. Before starting LibraryThing, he was a graduate student in Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan, worked for Houghton-Mifflin publishers in Boston, and as a freelance web developer and web publisher. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, HarperCollins author Lisa Carey.

Above was the direct link to the video. This link goes to the LOC page and has the synopsis and also has a link to the video.



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