Planet Cataloging

July 24, 2017

Terry's Worklog

MarcEdit 7 Wireframes–XML Functions

In this set of wireframes, you can see one of the concepts that I’ll be introducing with MarcEdit 7…wizards.  Each wizard is designed to encapsulate a reference interview to attempt to make adding new functions, etc. to the tool easier.  You will find these throughout MarcEdit 7. 

XML Functions Window:

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XML Functions Wizard Screens:

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You’ll notice one of the options is the new XML/JSON Profiler.  This is a new tool that I’ll wireframe later; likely sometime in August 2017.

–tr

by reeset at July 24, 2017 11:05 PM

TSLL TechScans

What can we learn from IT project management?

The implementation of educational technology is common practice for academic and firm librarians but rarely is there a tightly organized framework developed for an implementation similar to those in Information Technology. What could librarians learn about IT project management?

Jennifer Vinopal, Associate Director for Information Technology for University Libraries at Ohio State University, was the keynote speaker at DEVCONNECT, OCLC's conference for library developers and she speaks to the importance of harmonizing library and IT initiatives. You can watch her speech and read the full article on OCLC NEXT: http://www.oclc.org/blog/main/treat-it-projects-as-library-projects-and-vice-versa/.


by noreply@blogger.com (Rachel Purcell) at July 24, 2017 06:18 PM

Getting to Know TS Librarians: Jesse Lambertson


1. Introduce yourself (name & position). 
My name is Jesse Lambertson and I'm the Head of Cataloging & Metadata at Georgetown Law Library in Washington, DC.

2. Does your job title actually describe what you do? Why/why not?
Yes in that I am in charge of all workflows & procedures related to Marc-based cataloging & processing of, mostly print, but also loading records from ebook vendors too. In addition, because we also work collaboratively with Special Collections and Digital Initiatives, we also work with Dublin Core and EAD finding aids with cross-walking - this function of my work is likely to increase. But in addition to actual cataloging & metadata, there are also a lot of meetings on completely different topics such as requirement gathering for ILS migration - but engagement in the Georgetown Law Library community is one of the great joys. 

3. What are you reading right now?
I am reviewing Intrepreneurship for Librarians for Library Quarterly (having just submitted a book review about style guides for the internet to Library Journal) and have just started Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler for a book club I run a couple times per year on a local internet radio station.

4a. If you could work in any library (either a type of library or a specific one), what would it be? Why?
It would be amazing to work in a academic law library wherein we focus on law and the work of Franz Kafka - because, lets face it, Kafka is one of the most famous lawyers in literary history. Literary thinking can represent some of the best humanistic thinking around. Wouldn't that be fun? :)

4b. You suddenly have a free day at work, what project would you work on?
I believe I would study scripting in python with an eye on mastery. This is an amazingly powerful language, highly customizable for different contexts and librarians should all embrace coding in their day-to-day work - no matter if they are in public services or technical (IMHO). :) I would do this in order to automate a few things as well as look for research opportunities in which python could be used to gather data. 

by noreply@blogger.com (Lauren Seney) at July 24, 2017 06:01 PM

025.431: The Dewey blog

2017 European DDC Users Group Meeting

The European DDC Users Group (EDUG) held its 11th annual meeting 27-28 June 2017 in Paris at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). All the presentations described below are available here.

The first day began with a presentation and discussion:

  • Sharing classification data: cooperation across boundaries and libraries / Ingebjørg Rype (National Library of Norway) and Unni Knutsen (University of Oslo Library). Roles of National Library of Norway, BIBSYS consortium, Oslo University Library, authoritative sources outside Norway; recommendations for practice to facilitate cooperation, including sharing built numbers in Norwegian WebDewey.
  • What more do we want? Discussion led by Rebecca Green (OCLC), Peter Werling (Pansoft) and Elise Conradi (National Library of Norway). Discussion included improvements in WebDewey number building tool, use cases for linked data, searching on components of built numbers, handling of information about history of changes to DDC.

The first day ended with a business meeting, during which discussion of cooperation in classification continued. Elise Conradi (National Library of Norway) was elected as EDUG’s first full representative on the Dewey Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee (EPC) (EDUG has been a corresponding member of EPC since 2016).

The symposium on the second day began with four presentations about Dewey in France:

  • Introduction / Emmanuelle Bermès (adjointe du directeur des services et des réseaux, BnF). Welcome to BnF, and a brief overview of Dewey in France and at BnF.
  • Use of DDC at the BnF, display of authority data / Jean Maury (BnF). At BnF, multiple uses and displays of Dewey (open stack notice, serials and series, French National Bibliography, authority records for DDC, French digital library Gallica), teaching DDC, work tools for catalogers.
  • Dewey classification in public libraries / Michel Renouf (Réseau des médiathèques du Val d'Europe Agglomération). Uses of Dewey in French public libraries, including issues of local simplification and adaptation.

Note: Several people mentioned with sadness the recent passing of Annie Béthery, whose French abridgment/guide to DDC, first published in 1976 and updated regularly, led to widespread use of Dewey in France. For Ms. Béthery’s publications in the BnF catalog, click here. Ms. Béthery’s contribution included library education. Her “Teaching the DDC in French: The Université de Paris X-Nanterre Experience” appears in both French and English in Dewey decimal classification--francophone perspectives: Papers from a workshop presented at the General Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Amsterdam, Netherlands, August 20, 1998.

The second part of the symposium included six presentations on Dewey today and tomorrow:

  • Mapping to Dewey / Unni Knutsen (University of Oslo Library). Update on project of Oslo University Library to map source vocabularies Humord (thesaurus covering mainly humanities and social sciences) and Realfagstermer (subject vocabulary for science, informatics, mathematics) to Norwegian WebDewey, use of new mapping software (ccmapper developed by Pansoft), plans to focus on mapping for end users.
  • New features in DDC applications / Tina Mengel (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek [DNB]) and Peter Werling (Pansoft). New features in Dewey translation software and German WebDewey, including “projects” feature for groups of Dewey records that topically belong together and need updates.
  • Searching by Dewey number / Juli Beall (OCLC). Emphasis on searches combining subject terms and DDC numbers, using truncation symbol to adjust specificity of DDC number; also, searches on DDC alone to retrieve works in many languages.
  • SciGator: a DDC-based browsing library interface / Marcin Trzmielewski, Claudio Gnoli, Marco Lardera, Gaia Heidi Pallestrini and Matea Sipic (Science and Technology Library, University of Pavia). Scientific libraries in Pavia reorganized and converted to DDC, but still have local schemes. SciGator facilitates subject browsing across libraries by mapping between DDC and local schemes and by providing links for topics that appear in multiple disciplines.
  • News from Dewey Editors / Rebecca Green (OCLC). EPC Meeting 140 exhibits of greatest interest to EDUG, enhancements to history notes in WebDewey, thoughts about what comes after DDC 23.
  • Closing speech / Frédérique Joannic-Seta (BnF). Dewey as a browsing tool and as a precise indexing system; Dewey numbers as a universal language; need for cooperation among Dewey users; EDUG to make OCLC aware of common needs of Dewey users.

by Juli at July 24, 2017 03:48 PM

July 20, 2017

Terry's Worklog

MarcEdit 7 Keycode Documentation

Something that comes up a lot is the lack of key combinations or pathways to using functions in MarcEdit.  I’ll admit, the program is very mouse heavy.  So, as part of the accessibility work in MarcEdit 7, I’m taking a long look at how access to all functions can be accommodated via the keyboard.  This means that for MarcEdit 7, I’m mapping out all keycode combinations (the ALT+[KEY]) paths and the more traditional shortcut key combinations) for each window in MarcEdit.  When it’s finished, I’ll make this part of the application documentation.  Before I get too far along, I wanted to show what this looks like.  Please see: http://marcedit.reeset.net/software/MarcEdit7_KeycodeMap.pdf

Does this look like it will be helpful? 

–tr

by reeset at July 20, 2017 09:31 PM

July 18, 2017

First Thus

Libraries in the Post-Scarcity Era by Balázs Bodó

This is a very interesting article about pirate libraries–a fact of life whether we like it or not.

Source: Libraries in the Post-Scarcity Era by Balázs Bodó :: SSRN

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by James Weinheimer at July 18, 2017 02:34 PM

Terry's Worklog

MarcEdit 7: Preferences Wireframes and Ease of Use Features

This post relates to the previous posts:

  1. MarcEdit 7 visual styles: High Contrast: http://blog.reeset.net/archives/2288
  2. MarcEdit 7: Accessibility Options Part 2: http://blog.reeset.net/archives/2300

I’m continuing to flesh out new wireframes, and one of the areas where I’ll be consolidating some options is in the preferences window.  I’ve decided to reorganize the menu and some of the settings.  Additionally, I’m adding a new setting: Ease of Access. 

Here’s the Initial Wireframes demonstrating the new menu layout

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Ease of Use:

This is a new section developed to support Accessibility options.  At this point, these are the options that I’m working on:

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While MarcEdit will respect the operating system’s accessibility settings (i.e., if you’ve scaled fonts, etc.), but these settings directly affect the MarcEdit application.  In this section, you’ll find the themes (and I’m working out a way to provide a wizardry way to create themes and find ones that have been created), feedback options (right now, if this is selected, you’ll get audible clicks letting you know that an action has occurred), and Keyboard options.  I’m spending a lot of time mapping the current keyboard options, with the intention that I’ll try to map all actions to some keyboard combination.  These settings tell MarcEdit if this information should show up in the Tooltips, as well as rich descriptions about an operation.  The last thing that I’ll likely add is a set of links to topics for users looking for accessible friendly fonts, etc. 

I think that the reorganization should help to provide some clarity in the settings and will help me in thinking about the first run wizard – and hopefully the currently planned accessibility options will provide users with a wider range of options. 

Questions, comments, let me know.

–tr

by reeset at July 18, 2017 06:16 AM

July 17, 2017

OCLC Next

Wikipedia the WebJunction way

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In the past decade, Wikipedia’s reach has expanded. It’s the fifth most-visited platform globally.[1] And the quality has stabilized. A 2012 Oxford University study comparing Encyclopedia Britannica to Wikipedia found no significant difference in quality or reliability between the articles they compared. However, research suggests that asymmetries in the demographic profile of the existing pool of editors, which are 80–90% white males, has led to biases and underdeveloped content areas.[2]

To improve the encyclopedia and address these gaps, volunteers and Wikimedia Foundation staff have collaborated to host outreach programs and editing events. These have seen successes, but there’s still room for improvement. Only some of these programs have focused on galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM, in Wikimedia terminology), and none of the outreach has been specifically geared to public libraries and their important role as champions of information access and mainstays in serving their local communities.

The time has come for an effective, focused training program that brings Wikipedia to US public libraries.

WebJunction will be filling this gap by spearheading an online training program for up to 500 US public library staff to learn Wikipedia from September to November 2017. The program addresses the need for training tools that are specific to the learning needs of public library staff, which is what WebJunction does best. This training program will bring public libraries into the Wikipedia community so that library staff can dovetail their service goals and skills with the Wikipedia vision of building a comprehensive information reference source that’s freely and widely accessible on the open web.

And with US public library staff learning Wikipedia, information seekers everywhere are bound to be better informed, more digitally literate and able to access more library services and materials.

A bridge to Wikipedia for public libraries

In 2016, OCLC launched the Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together project, funded by a Knight Foundation News Challenge grant and the Wikimedia Foundation. The project’s purpose? To build bridges between public librarians and Wikipedians.

Wikipedia + Libraries is different from other Wikipedia editing tutorials; it’s specific to the service goals and professional development needs of 21st-century US public libraries.

Starting 13 September 2017, WebJunction will host a ten-week online training program covering Wikipedia editing literacies and programming best practices. The course will champion, and build upon, the range of ways that librarians are already engaging Wikipedia—you can read about some of these activities in WebJunction’s Librarians Who Wikipedia interview series.

There will be a preview webinar about the program on 19 July from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. US EDT.

How WebJunction fits in and how YOU can fit in

WebJunction brings the best of adult learning and online education to public libraries. It makes sense for library staff to learn deliberately and actively, in ways that benefit their community members.

Participants in the online training program will learn how to edit in a supportive cohort of peers familiar with the demands of public library work. Course materials will include sessions and activities that are fresh and relevant to their work as information professionals serving the public.


How can public library participation help improve Wikipedia?
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Please spread the word to public library staff about the Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together project:

  • Registration for up to 500 public library staff to enroll in the free, ten-week online training program Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together will open on 19 July; there will be six live online sessions during the ten-week course that will last 13 Sept. – 15 Nov. 2017.
  • To learn more about the Wikipedia + Libraries training program, attend the preview webinar Wikipedia For Libraries: Preview the Possibilities, Discover the Opportunities on 19 July; enrollment is currently open for this free webinar.

Learning to Wikipedia isn’t only about boldly editing. It’s a way for public librarians—you!—to contribute to a dynamic community in practical ways, among your library contemporaries with WebJunction.

By the end of the Wikipedia + Libraries online training program, public librarians will have learned how to bring best practices in public librarianship to the open web, and have added a few pages to the Wikipedia instructional playbook in doing so.

References

[1] Source: http://www.alexa.com/topsites. Last accessed, July 11, 2017

[2] Hill and Shaw, “The Wikipedia Gender Gap Revisited”; Ross, “Wikipedia’s Gender Gap”; “2011 Editor’s Survey.”

“2011 Editor’s Survey.” Wikimedia Foundation, 2011. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Editor_Survey_2011/Women_Editors.

Hill, Benjamin Mako, and Aaron Shaw. “The Wikipedia Gender Gap Revisited: Characterizing Survey Response Bias with Propensity Score Estimation.” Edited by Angel Sánchez. PLoS ONE 8, no. 6 (June 26, 2013): e65782. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065782.

Ross, Sage. “Wikipedia’s Gender Gap.” Wikimedia Blog, February 1, 2011. http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/02/01/wikipedias-gender-gap/.

Wagner, Claudia, Eduardo Graells-Garrido, David Garcia, and Filippo Menczer. “Women through the Glass Ceiling: Gender Asymmetries in Wikipedia.” EPJ Data Science 5, no. 1 (December 2016). doi:10.1140/epjds/s13688-016-0066-4.

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by Monika Sengul-Jones at July 17, 2017 02:19 PM

July 16, 2017

Terry's Worklog

MarcEdit 7: Accessibility Options Part 2

I’ve been working a bit more around this notion of creating “themes” to improve visible accessibility options.  This started with an initial implementation that included the default interface and then a High Contrast interface.  Over the past few days, I’ve been getting a wide range of feedback, and one of the things that is becoming apparent is that folks would like to have a wide range of preferences.  So, this afternoon, I spent time taking the hardcoded default and high contract themes, and rewriting all non-default UI implementations as themes. 

Theming Work

When I think about theming, I immediately start thinking about the operating system themes, or themes that you can download for browsers.  At this point, we aren’t talking about anything quite so complex.  In fact, until I get feedback, I’ll be keeping theming light weight – but I think that in the long run, this might actually make them more useful.

How do they work?  Essentially, a theme is going to be the implementation of an XML file.  Here’s the dark (high contract) theme written out in the new xml theme structure.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″ ?>
<theme>
   <name>Dark (High Contrast) Theme</name>
   <global>
     <!–Use HTML web color codes for these values–>
     <font_color>#ffffff</font_color>
     <background_color>#000000</background_color>
   </global>
   <marceditor>
     <font_color>#000000</font_color>
     <background_color>#ffffff</background_color>
   </marceditor>
   <overrides>
     <!–
       Override values
       <menus>
          <font_color>        
          <background_color>
       </menus>
       <links>
          <font_color>
          <visited_font_color>
          <behavior> [set to always, hover, none]
       </links>
     –>
   </overrides>
</theme>

As you can see, the initial implementation of theming is very limited.  Essentially, users can theme font color and background colors globally, at the MarcEditor level, and override options for menus and links found within the program.  This may (and likely) will be extended prior to the release of MarcEdit 7, but I don’t anticipate it being enhanced a lot.  While the new GUI rendering engine makes this kind of work easier, I don’t want to develop an entire rendering process around this method until I know there is more than a passing interest.

What this means, however, is that I can quickly create new themes.  Right now, I’ve implemented this in the Options dialog.  You can see the current line of thinking below:

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Using the Main Windows of MarcEdit 7 as the example page, I’ll run through the current themes that I’ve marked up:

Default Theme (hardcoded):

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Dark (High Contrast) Theme:

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Dark Gray Theme:

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White Theme:

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All these themes were created using the theming xml files.  As I say, if I get feedback, I’ll look to expand this as we move towards the official release. 

Questions?  Comments?

–tr

by reeset at July 16, 2017 03:37 AM

July 14, 2017

Terry's Worklog

MarcEdit 7 visual styles: High Contrast

An interesting request made while reviewing the Wireframes was if MarcEdit 7 could support a kind of high contrast, or “Dark” theme mode.  An Example of this would be Office:

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Some people find this interface easier on the eyes, especially if you are working on a screen all day. 

Since MarcEdit utilizes its own GUI engine to handle font sizing, scaling, and styling – this seems like a pretty easy request.  So, I did some experimentation.  Here’s MarcEdit 7 using the conventional UI:

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And here it is under the “high contrast” theme:

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Since theming falls into general accessibility options, I’ve put this in the language section of the options:

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However, I should point out that in MarcEdit 7, I will be changing this layout to include a dedicated setting area for Accessibility options, and this will likely move into that area.

I’m not sure this is an option that I’d personally use as the “Dark” theme or High Contrast isn’t my cup of tea, but with the new GUI engine added to MarcEdit 7 with the removal of XP support – supporting this option really took about 5 minutes to turn on.

Questions, comments?

–tr

by reeset at July 14, 2017 03:50 PM

July 13, 2017

OCLC Next

Recognizing leaders in our library community

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During this year of OCLC’s 50th anniversary, it has been fun to remember all the ways in which OCLC has come together and grown as a global library cooperative. The OCLC staff have been collecting and sharing many images from the archives over the past few months, giving us all the chance to join in this celebratory journey. The photos are truly fabulous, representing many artifacts that are near and dear to my heart, including the beehive terminal and the catalog cards. BUT, the photos that are the most meaningful, and the most telling of our story as a cooperative, are the many photos of member librarians over the years.

OCLC has more than 16,000 member libraries in more than 120 countries around the world. If you consider the number of library staff working collectively across those member institutions, you can imagine what a powerful network that is. And we all know that librarians can make things happen. When we harness that creativity, commitment and passion, achievements like those that OCLC has had over the years become too many to count.

That’s why, each year, OCLC supports several community awards to recognize librarians who excel in their profession. We had the opportunity to recognize these community leaders at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this past June.

I hope you’ll join me in congratulating them and reflecting on all the other colleagues in your professional life who have made a difference in your library and our larger community.

OCLC is pleased to support these community programs that advance and recognize excellence in librarianship. It is my honor to spotlight these five community leaders and their noteworthy accomplishments:

Peter Bae

Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award

Peter Bae, Circulation Services Director at Princeton University’s Firestone Library, is this year’s recipient. This award recognizes outstanding professional achievement and leadership in interlibrary loan and document delivery. And, as most know, we at OCLC have a special place in our hearts for interlibrary loan and international cooperation and sharing. Peter’s ongoing research, presentations and publications as a member of IFLA’s Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section and the STARS Section of RUSA have fostered communication and collaboration across the global resource sharing community.

Timothy Cole

Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology

Named after the founder and first president of OCLC, this award is particularly meaningful to us at OCLC because it represents Mr. Kilgour’s commitment to library innovation through outstanding research and development. Timothy Cole is this year’s recipient. Timothy is head of the Mathematics Library and Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. His research in digital libraries, metadata and linked data frameworks has significantly enhanced discovery and access of scholarly content. Timothy is also recognized for his significant contributions to the World Wide Web Consortium, the Digital Library Federation and the Open Archives Initiative.

Amed Demirhan

John Ames Humphry/OCLC Forest Press Award

Amed Demirhan is the 2017 recipient of this award, which honors exceptional contributions to international librarianship. Amed is General Manager Director at the Barzani National Memorial in Erbil, Iraq, where he is building a library and museum to collect and share resources on Kurdistan and modern Kurdish history. His earlier endeavors include revitalizing the library at the American University of Nigeria into a 21st century facility and establishing the Hawler Library at the University of Kurdistan, Iraq’s first independent English-language university, in 2006. We at OCLC share his passion for international library cooperation.

Carla D. Hayden

Melvil Dewey Medal

Carla D. Hayden, the United States’ Librarian of Congress, is being honored with the Dewey Medal, which recognizes creative leadership in library management, training, cataloging and classification. Her two decades of exemplary leadership of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, set an example of the role that librarians play in the community, opening the system’s libraries for refuge during a time of civic strife. She is also recognized for her inspiring leadership while President of the American Library Association in 2003–2004, and very significantly, her historic appointment in September 2016 as the first woman and first African-American to be named Librarian of Congress.

Hope Olson

Margaret Mann Citation

Hope Olson is being honored for outstanding professional achievement in cataloging. Hope is Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she served as Professor, Associate Dean and Interim Dean before her retirement in 2013. She also taught in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta from 1990 to 2003. She is active in professional organizations and editorial boards, and published a book in 2002. The Margaret Mann Citation includes a scholarship donation to a library school chosen by the award recipient; Hope has chosen the University of Alberta.


Congratulations to the 2017 OCLC Award Winners!
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Congratulations to Peter, Timothy, Amed, Carla and Hope, and thank you for all that you have contributed to the community.

I’d also like to say congratulations and thank you to all staff at OCLC member libraries, for supporting the cooperative in meeting this significant 50-year milestone. Happy anniversary OCLC!

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by Sandy Yee at July 13, 2017 04:32 PM

Terry's Worklog

MarcEdit 7: MARC Tools Wireframe

The changes aren’t big – they are really designed to make the form a little more compact and add common topics to the screen.  The big changes are related to integrations.  In MarcEdit 6.x, when you run across an error, you have to open the validator, pick the correct validation option, etc.  This won’t be the case any longer.  When the tool determines that the problem may be related to the record structure – it will just offer you option to check for errors in your file…no opening the validator, not picking options.  This should make it easier get immediate feedback regarding any structural processing errors that the tool may run up against.

MARC Tools Window Wireframe #1:

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The second write frame collapses the list into an autocomplete/autosuggest options, moves data around and demonstrates some of the potential integration options.  I like this one as well – though I’m not sure if having the items in a dropdownlist with autocomplete would be more difficult to use than the current dropdown list.  I also use this as an opportunity to get ride of the Input File and Output file labels.  I’m not sure these are always necessary, and I honestly hate seeing them.  But I know that iconography maybe isn’t the best way to express meeting.  I think attaching tooltips to each button and textbox might allow me to finally let these labels go.

MARC Tools Wireframe #2:

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*Update*

Based on feedback, it sounds like the labels are still desired.  So here is wireframe #3 with a slight modification to allow for labels in the window.

MARC Tools Wireframe #3:

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by reeset at July 13, 2017 06:03 AM

July 12, 2017

Terry's Worklog

MarcEdit 7 progress notes and changes

** Originally posted to the MarcEdit Listserv **

While I’ve got a couple of clean up things to do with MarcEdit 6.x, I’ve been starting the process of revising MarcEdit 7.0.0.alpha.  At this point, there is a version running new code.  I’ve spent the past few evenings reorganizing the main window, pulling some things apart, and beginning the process of redoing code.  So far, this what’s been completed:

New MarcEdit 7 Main window:

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This is what the main window looks like.  I’ll be creating a 4 column interface.  Scaling works much better than in the previous version of MarcEdit, as I’m using a different layout engine.  The topics in the top – those are wide open.  These were the ideas I thought of as short cuts to either help pages or parts of the program.  In some cases, I’ll be creating “wizards” that answer each of these questions so users get pointed in the correct direction (at least, that’s the plan).  In working through this interface, you’ll notice the menus have changed.  This means that menu entries have changed a lot (location wise).  I’m going to be looking at setting up shortcut keys to everything for keyboard access, but here’s the new layout I’ve drawn up:

Tools Menu:

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You’ll notice many menus now have secondary menus – MARC Processing Tools for example, now includes all items like MARCSplit, MARCJoin, etc.  This moves items down a level, and I realize that’s not what you always want to do.  I’m hoping that what will help with this is the help textbox on the right hand corner.

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This is in MarcEdit 6.3.x, and is being expanded in MarcEdit 7.  If you, for example, type the words Join – you will be able to open MARCJoin directly from this window.

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Say you want to merge some records…just type – merge records and you get:

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An error message you don’t recognize:

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Or you just want to know how to get started:

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Or maybe, you’ve had a hard day and just want to look at cats:

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The help system is being developed to allow for pseudo natural language searching.  To start with, it will be English only, but by the time MarcEdit 7 comes out, you should be able to write queries in about any language and hopefully get back useful responses.  I’m hoping that users gravitate towards this method of accessing commands or using the keyboard shortcuts, or the new Last Used Tools options so that the menu restructuring doesn’t cause usability issues.  But I’m definitely interested in feedback.

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The plugin menu works mostly the same as before, with the primary difference being that the plugin manager now is found under plugins (probably should have always have been)

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Help menu has been updated significantly.  You’ll notice that I’ve moved access to the Hex editor, shorting configuration settings (for when you get a new computer) and the restarting into 32-bit mode to allow for integration with Connexion into this menu.  You’ll also notice a new option – the troubleshooting wizard.  This is a new tool that walks through a set of questions where you can copy error messages, error numbers, etc. and the tool will point you the right direction or run the correct validation routines for you (so you don’t have to guess).  This is something that should improve with feedback, and should be in the first release that I make available to users for testing.

Also, please note that you can see that this version of MarcEdit is being built against .NET 4.6.  This means that this version officially won’t run on Windows XP.

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MARCNext Window

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The MARCNext and About windows have been dislodged from the main window.   This means that if you click MARCNext, it displays in its own window.  I did this because it gives me more room to grow this resource a bit easier. 

About Window:

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In looking through the program, one of the main activities that I’ll be doing is hopefully addressing UI issues, doing better integration of functionality added during the 4 years MarcEdit was in the 6.x series (from a code perspective, some things are kind of bolted on, rather than integrated) and reduce redundancy.  Most folks may not know it, but MarcEdit has 4(!) different z39.50 clients, each using different code, in the program.  The Mac version has one, and it does all the things that the 4(!) in the windows version currently does.  Those are the kinds of redundancies that I’ll be addressing as I clean the tool.

Oh, and performance.  Just moving MarcEdit to the new framework has seen some improvements.  Without optimizations, I was testing breaking on a simple file I have of 120,000 random MARC records.  After multiple runs and averaging the results, I’m seeing that:

  1. MarcEdit 6.3.x: ~5975 recs / sec.
  2. MarcEdit 7.0.0 ~7213 recs / sec.

Once I start optimizing code, I’m pretty sure we’ll see this continue to improve.  The gist here is that by moving the program forward (and dropping XP support), I should be able to finally include a number of tools related to graph processing as well as see a significant speed improvement with the software. 

Finally – you’ll notice the icon has changed.  I don’t know if this will be a permanent change as I like the current MarcEdit icon (I’ve used it for almost 17 years now).  I’ve changed it while I’m developing MarcEdit 7 so that I can tell the difference between the two versions of the software while working on my laptop. 

More later…

–tr

by reeset at July 12, 2017 09:07 PM

025.431: The Dewey blog

International Dewey Users Meeting at IFLA 2017

The annual International Dewey Users Meeting (and breakfast) will be held in conjunction with the World Library and Information Conference (IFLA) in Wrocław, Poland, on Tuesday, 22 August, at 8:00-9:30 a.m. in Centennial Hall, Oval 33. Come join us to hear presentations from members of the Dewey editorial team and from Peter Werling, CEO of PANSOFT, producer of Dewey software, on:

  • Updates to the classification approved by the DDC Editorial Policy Committee
  • Tips for searching OPACs with Dewey numbers
  • Putting history information in the history box in WebDewey
  • New features in Dewey applications

We will also have the opportunity to hear from our translation partners.

Register for this and other OCLC IFLA Events.

by Rebecca at July 12, 2017 03:19 PM