Submitted by Lee Hadden on December 12, 2007 - 11:04am
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.
Submitted by effinglibrarian on December 11, 2007 - 6:52am
I know there's something here to report, but I'm too busy...maybe you can read and report...
<a href="http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbReader.asp?ArticleId=40394">The Library of Congress and the Future of Bibliographic Control: Working Group Report</a>
"Last November, the Library of Congress (LC) established a Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future).
Submitted by Blake on December 3, 2007 - 2:15pm
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."
Submitted by infoneer on September 24, 2007 - 9:15pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on September 14, 2007 - 5:24pm
Submitted by birdie on August 30, 2007 - 8:34pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on August 22, 2007 - 2:31am
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 Amazon.com. 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.
Submitted by Blake on August 9, 2007 - 12:12pm
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."
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 26, 2007 - 4:04pm
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.
Submitted by Jaclyn_McKewan on July 24, 2007 - 4:09pm
At ALA TechSource, Karen Schneider gives more details about the two Arizona libraries who aren't using the Dewey Decimal System, and about what they are using in its place.
Submitted by Blake on July 20, 2007 - 12:56pm
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the Perry Branch Library in Gilbert, Arizona.
"But the debate, say many librarians, is about more than one branch's organizational system. It feeds into a broader, increasingly urgent discussion about libraries, where a growing number of patrons, used to Google and Yahoo, simply don't look for books and information the way they used to. Some are drawing on cues from the Internet in proposals for overhauls of cataloging systems, but others are more hesitant, saying that the Web's tendency to provide thousands of somewhat-relevant results flies in the face of the carefully tailored research libraries pride themselves on."
Submitted by Blake on June 5, 2007 - 8:08pm
A library in Arizona may have plans to drop the Dewey Decimal System, but Carroll County Public Library Director Lynn Wheeler says it would be chaos without the widely used classification system.
"I can't imagine the inefficiency of trying to run a library of this size without Dewey," said Wheeler. "It makes it much more manageable."
Submitted by Blake on May 30, 2007 - 7:32pm
Interesting News From AZ where the new Gilbert library will be the first public library in the nation whose entire collection will be categorized without the Dewey Decimal Classification System, Maricopa County librarians say.
Instead, tens of thousands of books in the Perry Branch library will be shelved by topic, similar to the way bookstores arrange books. The demise of the century-old Dewey Decimal system is overdue, county librarians say: It's just too confusing for people to hunt down books using those long strings of numbers and letters. Dewey essentially arranges books by topic and assigns call numbers for each book.
Spotted @ The Stuff.
Submitted by rochelle on May 9, 2007 - 2:01pm
teaperson writes "May 8, 1873. Amherst College. A junior named Melville Dewey approaches the faculty about reorganizing the library collection. Mass Moments has details, including this letter written a decade later: "Sum day, dear Amherst, may it be my happy lot tu pruv how great iz the love I bear yu. Proud, always, everwher to be counted among yur sonz, I am Very truly, Melvil Dui.""
Submitted by rochelle on May 7, 2007 - 2:10pm
The Boston Globe offers an interesting story that looks at the problems of collecting non-standard materials. Zine librarian Jenna Freedman is featured.
There is no preexisting librarians' code pertaining to how one should handle a document that includes a free prophylactic; Freedman stows the entire zine, ephemera and all, along with a rigid, acid-free cardboard backing in a plastic sleeve designed for comic books.
Submitted by Blake on May 3, 2007 - 3:22am
madcow writes ""Now that the digital age has blown apart traditional ways of organizing information, what's next? Suddenly, everything is miscellaneous."
"David and Cory discuss the advantages and pitfalls of explicit and implicit metadata, tags and the rules governing the use and re-use of content in commerce and culture.""
Submitted by Blake on April 3, 2007 - 12:57pm
Terry Ballard writes "The blog Typo of the Day, formerly at typooftheday.blogspot.com has moved to a new home at librarytypos.blogspot.com . The Libtypos crew, known to the world as Database Protectors also maintains a wiki at libtypos.pbwiki.com/FrontPage, which lists the 100+ typos featured on the blog since its creation, and provides links to that day's posting.
A listserv from the group, that was created in 2000 on Yahoo groups was recently adopted by NELINET, thanks to a generous offer by NELINET's director Arnold Hirshon. You can subscribe by going to:
The nelinet.net List Page
This group provides frequent updates to information about errors in online catalogs, and its members volunteer to work the blog and wiki. Further information about this project can be obtained from Terry Ballard, Automation Librarian, the Arnold Bernhard Library, Quinnipiac University, Hamden CT, 06518. His email is terry.ballard at quinnipiac.edu"
Submitted by Blake on April 2, 2007 - 5:47pm
Anonymous Patron writes "OCLC record number 100,000,000 was contributed on March 29, 2007 with the addition of "It's a horse's life! : advice and observations for the humans who choose to share it" by Joanne M. Friedman.
This milestone was breached by Library Connection Inc.(CKE) of Windsor Connecticut.
Here is the MARC from their catalog
Submitted by birdie on April 1, 2007 - 7:52pm
Anonymous Patron writes "Greetings from Baltimore, where the 13th National Conference of the Association of College & Research Libraries is drawing to a close. To coincide with the conference, some sweeping changes have been announced by none other than the Library of Congress regarding how they handing the cataloging of materials."