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November 17, 2017

Problem Cataloger

The safe care and handling of gases. (OCLC #6526758) Slides!...

The safe care and handling of gases. (OCLC #6526758)

Slides! I’ve never gotten to catalog slides before. It was a nice opportunity to review the rules for this format. The set does have an accompanying audiocassette:

300 ǂa 37 slides : ǂb color ; ǂc 2 x 2 in. + 
    ǂe 1 audiocassette.

So there are two sets of Content/Media/Carrier fields:

336 __ ǂa still image ǂb sti ǂ2 rdacontent
337 __ ǂa projected ǂb g ǂ2 rdamedia
338 __ ǂa slide ǂb gs ǂ2 rdacarrier
336 __ ǂa spoken word ǂb spw ǂ2 rdacontent ǂ3 accompanying material
337 __ ǂa audio ǂb s ǂ2 rdamedia ǂ3 accompanying material
338 __ ǂa audiocassette ǂb ss ǂ2 rdacarrier ǂ3 accompanying material 

However, the soundtrack is considered an integral part of the slide set, so its sound characteristics are included in the slides’ 007 (not as a separate 007):

007 __ ǂa g ǂb s ǂd c ǂf b ǂg f ǂh j

November 17, 2017 07:49 PM

TSLL TechScans (Technical Services Law Librarians)

NASIG updates strategic plan

NASIG, formerly the North American Serials Interest Group, recently announced availability of the NASIG Strategic Plan 2017-2011. This new strategic plan reflects NASIG's evolution from an organization primarily focused on serials management to one with a broader scope including electronic resources management and scholarly communications.

The details:

NASIG's vision, adopted November 10,2014, is to be:
an independent organization working to advance and transform the management of information resoures. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and improve the distribution, acquisition, and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models.
The organization's mission includes three key components.
  1. Support of a community of professionals ... engaging in understanding of one another's perspectives and improving functionality throughout the information resources lifecycle ...
  2. Provision of a variety of conference and continuing education programming ...
  3. Promotion of the development and implementation of best practices and standards for the distribution, acquisition and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models throughout their lifecycle.
The strategic plan identifies five strategic directions for the organization.
  1. NASIG will revitalize its marketing approach to reflect is new mission and vision.
  2. NASIG will expand student outreach and mentoring.
  3. NASIG will find the optimum balance between paid staff and volunteer work.
  4. NASIG will be involved in creating new content to add to the body of scholarly work.
  5. NASIG will work to enhance benefits to all members with a particular emphasis on members from the commercial sector.
NASIG's 33rd annual meeting, with the theme Transforming the Information Community will be held in Atlanta, GA  Friday June 8 - Monday June 11, 2018.

by (Jackie Magagnosc) at November 17, 2017 04:36 PM

November 16, 2017


Getting smarter, together


It was great to see everyone in Baltimore at the inaugural meeting of the Americas Regional Council. It was a phenomenal experience—from the inspiring keynote speakers to many in-depth, informative breakout sessions.

Nearly 200 attendees from 120 institutions, 36 US states, and four countries joined this membership meeting where the theme was, “The Smarter Library.” We shared ideas, questions, and insights about what it takes to become smarter and innovate continuously around the needs of the communities we serve.

Our keynote speakers, Dr. Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress; Skip Prichard, President and CEO of OCLC; and Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, inspired us all with their keen insights on how libraries can continue their track record of innovation in pursuit of new and better ways to support their communities and better serve their users.

#OCLCARC17: What does it take to become smarter and innovate continuously around the needs of our communities?
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Members themselves provided most of the breakout content—a rich program of more than 60 leading speakers and panelists from within and outside the library community. These breakout sessions, where we came together in small groups to brainstorm and reflect, were a valuable part of the two-day meeting. Through our use of a “smarter conference” app, Scavify, we heard what attendees will be taking home to make their libraries smarter. Here is a sampling:

  • Reach out to communities we serve. They are the experts and it’s through relationships and conversations that we become smarter at meeting their needs. Communities must be consulted and incorporated into every step of the innovation process so they have a sense of ownership.
  • Identify bits of data through surveys, and then dig deeper.
  • Learning is social. Space should be open and inviting and flexible to meet the needs of different audiences.
  • Build programs that look outside of the library to inspire conversations and thinking by highlighting faculty research and student learning—not just collections.

Those are just a few of the practical ideas shared. For more inspiration, the presentation materials from the event are available here, and we encourage you to review and share them with colleagues who were unable to attend this year’s conference. Conference attendees shared a lot of thoughts (and some great pictures!) on OCLC’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, too. We encourage you to continue to share the memories via your own social media accounts using #OCLCARC17.

Take a look at the ARC17 highlight video below, which will give you a quick glimpse into the camaraderie and excitement of the meeting.

Thank you to all who planned and attended this powerful event. The rooms were filled with great energy, interesting conversations, and new connections. We all came away with new ideas and a new spirit to innovate, which will keep our libraries relevant and fresh.

We look forward to seeing you next year in Chicago, Illinois, where we will continue to advance smarter libraries together.

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by Christopher Cronin at November 16, 2017 06:18 PM

November 15, 2017

Problem Cataloger

Chem sources-international–1998 edition. (OCLC...

Chem sources-international–1998 edition. (OCLC #39262429)

This is the thickest book I’ve ever received for cataloging:

300 __ ǂa iv, 2259 pages : ǂb illustrations ; ǂc 29 cm

It made me wonder if RDA had exceptions in the rules for recording Dimensions of a volume related to a book’s thickness (as there are for the cover’s width). There don’t appear to be; it’s probably covered by pagination.

November 15, 2017 07:11 PM

TSLL TechScans (Technical Services Law Librarians)

NISO “Understanding Metadata” Primer

In a press release on January 18, 2017, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced the release of Understanding Metadata, an update to NISO’s 2004 publication on the topic. The current release is the second document in NISO’s Primer Series on data management issues. The primer series began with the publication of Research Data Management in 2015 and will continue with a forthcoming publication on Linked Data for Cultural Institutions and additional guides in the future.

The 2017 primer is an expanded overview of structured metadata used in cultural heritage institutions, covering the latest developments in metadata practices, tools, standards, and languages. It provides a useful outline of the most common use cases for standard metadata types in information systems, covering a range of cultural resources management activities including description, discovery, display, interoperability, digital-object management, preservation, and object navigation. Subsequent sections provide a comprehensive overview of a.) How metadata is stored and shared through relational databases, XML documents, and Linked Data and RDF b.) The standardization of metadata through controlled vocabularies and content standards, and c.) Notable metadata languages used broadly and within cultural heritage institutions. As an introductory document, the 2017 Primer addresses the basic issues around, what is metadata, why we create metadata, and how we create, use, and share metadata.  

As a newbie to understanding metadata, I found it useful to read both NISO’s 2004 Understanding Metadata document and the 2017 Primer publication. However, the latter includes a few concepts that were not covered in the original document such as Linked Data, the Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME), and CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CIDOC CRM). In other instances, the 2017 primer provides more substantive descriptions of concepts nominally covered in the 2004 publication, such as RDF (Resource Description Framework). 

The 2017 NISO Primer release, Understanding Metadata, is available as a free download at  

by (Caitlyn Lam) at November 15, 2017 02:12 PM

November 14, 2017

TSLL TechScans (Technical Services Law Librarians)

eBooks in the Law Library - Part 2

Law and Technology Resources for Legal Professionals, LLRX, continues its look at the current state of eBooks in law libraries. The second of their three-part series offers a great summary of the various pricing models that may be encountered during the acquisitions process. There are many ownership and subscription options for eBook acquisition and this article does an excellent job of explaining how the various plans work. It offers concise explanations for even the most confusing plans, such as non-linear lending and access to own. 

Still not sure what model would work best for your particular budget? The article also offers numerous helpful tips for keeping eBook costs down while growing a collection. 

The article concludes with a list of questions that should be addressed before selecting any eBook package. For example; making sure the technical requirements match the resources of your library and its users, examining the content and scope of the eBook package to make sure you're meeting your user's needs, and inquiring about user interface and other functions such as printing and copy/pasting from the eBook titles. 

This is an excellent primer for any librarian looking to add eBooks to their collection. The next article in the series will include a case study of how the author's library has built its eBook collection.  

by (Travis Spence) at November 14, 2017 09:55 PM

November 10, 2017


Guess what topic is tops on our blog this year?


Resource sharing is the heart of librarianship. And the heart of OCLC. Whether it’s metadata, workflows, infrastructure, or library materials, sharing is embedded deep in a librarian’s psyche and powered by our technology platform.

It’s no surprise, then, that resource sharing is one of the topics on our blog that always gets the most traffic—this year and last year. This year, our posts on Tipasa, interlibrary loan trends, and shared print collections are among the most popular based on views and visits. Last year, it was interlibrary loan trends as well, along with a contest to name our new ILL management system.

Clearly, after 50 years of the cooperative, the community continues to reinvent resource sharing—making it even easier for more types of libraries and groups to support one another. I invite you to enjoy these posts once again. And to keep on caring about resource sharing.

Resource Sharing is the top #OCLCnext blog topic for 2017.
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Looking at interlibrary loan, 2016 edition

By Christa Starck, OCLC Senior Product Manager, Resource Sharing

top-topics-ILLEveryone likes reading about lists and trends. I guess it’s part of our natural curiosity to wonder who’s in the top ten and to analyze what direction our culture or profession appears to be headed.

In the case of interlibrary loan (ILL), it’s also a lot of fun! The ILL community enjoys the data as well. Here are the latest themes in the interlibrary loan world based on our data. Read more


Come on in, the water’s fine

By Carla G. Sands, Interlibrary Loan Specialist, Gabriele Library, Immaculata University

top-topics-tipasaIn the summer of 2016, I received a phone call from OCLC asking if I’d be interested in becoming one of the first early adopters for a service that would be replacing ILLiad. It would be an enhanced WorldShare ILL system that would include many of the unique features of ILLiad. Move away from ILLiad? And do so at the “bleeding edge” of a new service? And being not much of a techie, the idea of changing any computer-based system always seems like a challenge. At that very moment, the idea seemed overwhelming and, frankly, hugely unsettling. Read more


Sharing resource sharing

By Katie Birch, Executive Director, OCLC Resource Sharing

top-topics-sharingI’ve been working in interlibrary loan a long time and the collaboration I see within this group of librarians is amazing. Our resource sharing community has nearly 50 years of shared experience, and that is a critical resource for our future. Our membership is also a passionate and engaged worldwide community that, together, fills an ILL request every two seconds. We will take that experience and passion and use it to build cooperative services and resources that better meet the challenges of an increasingly connected, worldwide audience. Read more


A change in focus on library collections and spaces

By Rick Lugg, Executive Director, Sustainable Collection Services

top-topics-printAs a library community, we face a large task: to understand and manage print book collections in new ways. Librarians first need to guarantee that nothing disappears from the collective collection—that the scholarly and cultural record remains intact. We also need to assure that material in shared collections remains available to users quickly when needed. Only then can we responsibly consider sharing, storage, or withdrawal. Good data about collections can help establish priorities and focus. Read more

Registration open for 2018 OCLC Resource Sharing Conference

OCLC invites all ILL professionals to Jacksonville, Florida, USA, to share the latest in resource sharing, including innovative approaches to patron service and interlibrary loan workflows. At next year’s conference, you’ll find ways to improve operational efficiency, save time, and better connect end users to the information they need. Register today for this unique opportunity to interact with a very knowledgeable community of resource sharing professionals.

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by Katie Birch at November 10, 2017 02:23 PM

November 06, 2017

025.431: The Dewey blog

Civil and political rights of social groups other than ethnic and national groups

At 323.3 Civil and political rights of other social groups is the scope note: "groups other than ethnic and national groups." Some social groups have had no specific subdivision; they have been in standing room at 323.3. One might think that subdivisions of T1—08 Groups of people could be added to specify the groups, but it is forbidden to add any standard subdivisions to 323.3, as this entry shows:

323[.301-323.309] Standard subdivisions

Do not use; class in 323.01-323.09

At its Meeting 140, EPC approved direct subdivisions of 323.3 for all the groups of people likely to have literary warrant there. The new provisions parallel the subdivisions of T1—081-T1—088 Groups of people by specific attributes as closely as possible, while fitting in among the older subdivisions of 323.3.

323.33 People by gender or sex


T1081 People by gender or sex

 323.331 Men


T10811 Men

323.36 Relatives


T1085 Relatives

323.37 People with disabilities and illnesses, gifted people


T1087 People with disabilities and illnesses, gifted people

323.38 Occupational and religious groups


T1088 Occupational and religious groups

At 323.3 we have given a table of preference that preserves the previous preference order among the older subdivisions of 323.3 but otherwise reflects the preference order found at T1—081-T1—088 Groups of people by specific attributes. The table of preference appears in the Notes box for 323.3:


Two of the new provisions appear at the top of the table of preference:

323.38 Occupational and religious groups

323.37 People with disabilities and illnesses, gifted people

These groups get high preference in T1—081-T1—088 Groups of people by specific attributes because of the class-with-the-last note at T1—081-T1—088:

Unless other instructions are given, class a subject with aspects in two or more subdivisions of T1081-T1088 in the number coming last, e.g., children with disabilities T1087 (not T1083)

Here are examples of works previously classed in 323.3 that can now be classed in more specific numbers:

Rights enabled: The disability revolution, from the US, to Germany and Japan, to the United Nations

323.37 People with disabilities and illnesses, gifted people

The Muslim struggle for civil rights in Spain: Promoting democracy through migrant engagement, 1985-2010

323.382970946 Muslimscivil and political rightsSpain

Built with base number 323.38 Occupational and religious groups plus 297 Islam, Babism, Bahai Faith as instructed at 323.38, plus T109 plus T246 Spain, Andorra, Gibraltar, Portugal as instructed at T1093-099 Specific continents, countries, localities; extraterrestrial worlds. At 323.38 are an add note and a subdivisions-are-added note:

Add to base number 323.38 the notation 001-999, e.g., nondominant religious groups 323.382

Subdivisions are added for either civil or political rights or both

At 297 is a standard-subdivisions-are-added note: "Standard subdivisions are added for Islam, Babism, Bahai Faith together; for Islam alone." At T2461-468 Spain are a class-elsewhere note pointing to the comprehensive number for Spain, and see references pointing to parts of Spain not located on the Iberian Peninsula:

Class comprehensive works in T246

For Ceuta and Melilla, see T2641

For Canary Islands, see T2649

by Juli at November 06, 2017 06:50 PM

November 04, 2017

Resource Description & Access (RDA) (Salman Haider)

Library and Information Science Dissertations and Theses

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by Salman Haider ( at November 04, 2017 05:06 AM

RDA Cataloging News and RDA Bibliography

RDA CATALOGING NEWS RDA Cataloging News and RDA Bibliography is a compilation of News, Events, Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Training, Articles, Books, Presentations, Videos, Workshops, Training, Web Articles, Blog Posts, Reviews Etc. on Resource Description and Access (RDA), Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2), MARC21, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR),

by Salman Haider ( at November 04, 2017 05:05 AM