Planet Cataloging

December 12, 2017

Terry's Worklog

MarcEdit MacOS 3.0 Roadmap

With MarcEdit 7 out, I’ve turned my focus to completing the MarcEdit MacOS update. Right now, I’m hoping to have this version available by the first of the year. I won’t be doing a long, extended beta, in part, because this version utilizes all the business code written for MarcEdit 7. And like MarcEdit 7, the mac version will be able to be installed with the current Mac build (it won’t replace it) – this way, you can test the new build while continuing to use the previous software.


by reeset at December 12, 2017 05:33 PM


Four ways your library can use RIM to advance your institution


Familiar roles, new opportunities

Research Information Management—RIM—is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of information about research. These activities already intersect with many aspects of your library’s services. But, as OCLC’s Lorcan Dempsey wrote in a 2014 blog post on the subject, only recently have we been treating RIM:

[As] a new service category … the integrated management of information about the research life cycle, and about the entities which are party to it.

As such, OCLC has been researching and writing about the ways that libraries are becoming leaders in this important trend. Our position paper, “Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library’s Role,” is a good place to start if you want the “big picture” about RIM and libraries.

The publication helps libraries and other institutional stakeholders better understand how institutions are adopting research information management practices, driven by many different uses, such as support for expertise in discovery, open access policies and compliance, faculty activity reporting workflows, and research assessment activities. In it we identify four major ways in which libraries can add value to this complex ecosystem:

  • Publications and scholarship expertise
  • Discoverability, access, and reputational support
  • Stewardship of the institutional record
  • Training and support

Why RIM? Why now?

Globalization, intense competition, institutional rankings, and the need for improved data for decision support are driving RIM adoption. In tandem with activities by publishers and funders, libraries can help connect a complex scholarly communications landscape of researchers, affiliations, publications, datasets, grants, and projects.

Research Information Management is valuable to research institutions because it provides opportunities for new insights at the departmental, faculty/college, and institutional levels. They can also tell a story about major research issues and can help to reliably connect a complex scholarly communications landscape of researchers, affiliations, publications, datasets, grants, projects, and their persistent identifiers.

RIM offers libraries new opportunities to support institutional and researcher goals.
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And if a story needs to be told about the awesome research your institution does, who better to tell it than you?

Universities, national laboratories, medical centers, and other institutions that conduct research are in need of libraries’ help. RIM systems enable organizations to collect data from different systems, combine it with external information (such as metadata harvested from aggregators and indexes), and provide a richer view of the research activities of an institution and its departments and faculty.

The insights provided by a good RIM program can help your institution develop new insights around how and where your departments, colleges, and faculty are most successful … and where improvements can be made.

And from there, you are better able to tell your institution’s story about major research efforts, their impact, and collaborative strengths. You are likewise helping your researchers manage their own individual scholarly reputations.


Librarians as researcher advocates

Librarians have always educated and supported researchers, traditionally by providing discovery services and access to research materials. Support for researchers and other users of the RIM system is an extension of that mission and can complement (or positively contrast with) other campus units whose core missions are more likely to be compliance, reporting, or academic affairs.

Library involvement can help ensure that the needs of researchers are considered within this ecosystem. As such, many libraries assume the management of RIM training and support, offering workshops, presentations, and guidance to the researchers, faculty, and students who use RIM infrastructures. Librarians can also train researchers to import publications data from publication indexes and reference management tools, to link their profiles with unique identifiers like ORCID, and to use and understand impact indicators.

What can you do? What are you already doing?

To help us (and your colleagues) get a better grasp on a baseline for libraries and RIM, we’re partnering with euroCRIS on a “current practices survey.” We invite participation from universities, research institutes, and other organizations supporting research and research management. And we encourage your institution to participate in this survey regardless of the status of your RIM implementation.

Please take the survey. As librarians, we have the opportunity to apply our talents, tools, and insights to an entirely new and growing knowledge management process that very much overlaps with our expertise and professional values. And it’s a great opportunity for you and your library to have an even greater impact on the success of your institution’s research goals.

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by Rebecca Bryant, Ph.D. at December 12, 2017 03:20 PM

December 11, 2017

Problem Cataloger

The Prentice-Hall Model letter desk book : ready-to-use letters...

The Prentice-Hall Model letter desk book : ready-to-use letters for every occasion. (OCLC #11252172)

This volume has a note in its front matter indicating its relationship to another work, which has been recorded in a note:

500 __ ǂa "Reprinted from Secretary's standard reference manual and guide."--Page 2.

and as an access point:

700 1_ ǂa De Vries, Mary Ann. ǂt Secretary's standard reference manual and guide.

This volume is 64 pages long, where “Secretary’s standard…” is 307 pages long, so this is likely an excerpt of only the parts about letter-writing. So which relationship designator to use?

December 11, 2017 02:28 PM

December 09, 2017

Terry's Worklog

The MarcEdit 7 Song

MarcEdit 7 represents the next generation of the MarcEdit software. And aside from having new features, new options, and better performance – MarcEdit 7 also has its own song. Yes, Jeff Edmunds, a writer and creator of many cataloging songs (which I can’t seem to find on YouTube any longer – which is definitely a shame). I’d asked Jeff at one point why MarcEdit didn’t have a song, so he wrote one. Seriously though, as faculty, researchers, librarians – we sometimes take the work that we do a little too seriously. I like to periodically remind myself that not only am I fortunate to have the opportunity to have a position that affords me the opportunity to do research and contribute to a vibrant community; I have a lot of a fun doing it. And so, like all serious software releases, I present to you, the MarcEdit 7 song introducing MarcEdit 7.

Welcome to MarcEdit 7 — the MarcEdit Song



by reeset at December 09, 2017 07:44 PM

December 08, 2017

Problem Cataloger

Home energy : products & ideas. (OCLC #10016922) I picked...

Home energy : products & ideas. (OCLC #10016922)

I picked this catalog out of the pile of gifts, certain that it would need original cataloging, as most individual issues of serials seem to.

Lucky Friday though…I found a record! GZF (L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library) had already created a record for this particular issue!

500 __ ǂa Vol. 1, no. 2 (1983-84)--of Home energy
    (ISSN 0739-5469).

Yay for cooperative cataloging!

December 08, 2017 07:40 PM

December 05, 2017


Dr. Carla D. Hayden on the need for constant change in libraries


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit my hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, for our inaugural meeting of the Americas Regional Council. Nearly 200 attendees from 120 institutions and 36 US states came together to discuss technology trends in libraries.

It seems that everything is changing at a rapid clip. Even our vacuums are texting us and our fitness regimens have become virtual. Not a day goes by when we don’t read about developments that will rock our world—from flying cars to containers that sense they’re nearing empty and order a refill.

Our conference attendees discussed the impact of these changes in society and specifically on libraries. Dr. Carla D. Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress for the United States, opened our conference with an inspiring keynote. If you know Dr. Hayden, you know that I was in the unfortunate situation of having to follow her on the stage.

It was after our presentations that we had a chance to speak about the impact of change on our organizations.

Dr. Hayden and I spoke briefly about all of the changes in libraries.

In this brief video, we discuss:

  • the need for constant change in libraries today,
  • “pinch-me moments” in libraries,
  • libraries’ roles in society, and how they are more relevant than ever before,
  • the most crucial skills NOT being taught in library school,
  • the importance of having a support network, and
  • the value of partnerships and collaboration.

I hope you enjoy hearing Dr. Hayden’s thoughts on these topics as much as I did.

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by Skip Prichard at December 05, 2017 04:20 PM

December 04, 2017

TSLL TechScans (Technical Services Law Librarians)

Negotiating with Vendors

As I begin to dive into acquisitions and vendor relations, a recent article in Online Searcher appears to be well-timed and of potential benefit to others facing negotiations with vendors (see Michael L. Gruenberg, Five Key Questions for Negotiators to Ask, Online Searcher, Nov.-Dec. 2017, 44-47). In this article, Michael L. Gruenberg discusses key questions librarians repeatedly asked while he was promoting his book Buying and Selling Information. These topics are things we should, as negotiators for our institutions, be addressing with our sales representatives and vendors.

The questions Gruenberg addresses in this article:
  1. Should you ask for, and expect, a price sheet from your sales rep?
  2. Can the vendor defend the price?
  3. Can a library request a different representative be assigned?
  4. What is the standard renewal rate?
  5. Do I really need to create a negotiation plan?

If you’ve taken a Negotiations course in college or law school, you probably already know the answer to #5…

Gruenberg has some useful insight from his background in sales that can benefit us as negotiators for our organizations.

by (Jason LeMay) at December 04, 2017 12:00 PM

December 01, 2017

TSLL TechScans (Technical Services Law Librarians)

2017 DLF Forum and NDSA Digital Preservation

In October, I attended the 2017 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Digital Preservationconference for the first time. The core theme of the 2017 Digital Preservation conference is “Preservation is Political” but both events touch on the preservation of cultural heritage material and digital information through political changes and across boundaries.

Jason Eiseman wrote an excellent blog post on both affiliated events for the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) blog so I will not provide another recap here. If you are also interested in viewing recordings, slides, notes, and photos from the events, in addition to keeping up with the latest Forum newsletter, the DLF has posted links to these resources in its November 22, 2017 Blog and News post, DLF Forum Recap and Working Group News. The post highlights Forum activities of all active DLF working groups. I will just highlight here the work of a few of those groups potentially of interest to TS members.

At the DLF Forum, I attended the Assessment Interest Group (AIG) meeting. This group is very welcoming and encourages anyone who is interested in getting involved to take part—there is no membership requirement. Of particular interest to TS members may be the AIG subgroup, Metadata Assessment Working Group. The Metadata group is currently working on developing a framework for assessing descriptive metadata, building a repository of metadata assessment tools, and creating a clearinghouse of metadata application profiles. More information about the group can be found on their wiki page and information on their current projects can be found on their toolkit page.

Another group of potential interest is the Government Records Transparency and Accountability Interest Group. During the group’s Forum working lunch meeting, members discussed planning for future projects and creating subgroups around issues related to sharing public information, education, advocacy, documentation, and potential special projects. The interest group will be making plans for its participation in the second annual Endangered Data Week.

Other groups of potential interest to TS librarians include the Linked Open Data Zotero Group and Born-Digital Access Group. DLF groups of interest to librarianship in general include the Digital Library Pedagogy Group, Technologies of Surveillance Group, Labor Working Group, and Project Managers Group. You can learn more about all working groups at the DLF Groups page.

by (Caitlyn Lam) at December 01, 2017 03:21 PM

025.431: The Dewey blog

Dewey by the Numbers

Here’s a brief snapshot of the DDC 23 EN database (the database associated with the English-language version of DDC 23) as of 1 December 2017:

Dewey by the Numbers (2017-12-01)

We are now presenting statistics on Relative Index terms and mapped headings in a more informative manner, showing both the number of terms/headings indexed or mapped to one or more Dewey numbers and the total number of assignments of terms/headings to Dewey numbers. (For example, if a Library of Congress subject heading is mapped to two Dewey numbers, it contributes 1 to the Headings column and 2 to the Assignments column.)

by Rebecca at December 01, 2017 11:00 AM

Terry's Worklog

MarcEdit 7 Update

It took less than a week for the first bug to show up. I have some UI changes that I’d like to make over the weekend, but I wanted to take the time to close this particular issue. The first bug was found in the field dedup option in the Add/Delete Field function. This option was rewritten to allow field deletion preference. The issue occurred when some data was left empty. This update corrects that issue, as well as adds one feature that I’ve been interested in having since starting the revisions – window transparency in MarcEditor functions.

So what do I mean by Windows Transparency? When you open MarcEdit 6 or 7 and load a file into the MarcEditor – if you select an option like the Add/Delete field tool – the tool window covers the Editor. Since the Editor is the owner, the tool window needs to be moved to see the data underneath. That bothers me. Here’s what this looks like today:

To get at the data under the window – I have to move the Add/Delete Field window – and if I use a smaller screen (and I do), this can mean moving to the edges of my PC. So, I added a new option to the Ease of Access section in the Preferences. You can enable window transparency, and when a window has an owner (not Modal – there is a difference – messageboxes are modal and stay on-top until some input occurs), the window will become transparent when not active. This allows you to see the underlying data. So, let’s look at this same example with transparency enabled.


Not that I can now see the underlying window data in the MarcEditor. Select the Add/Delete Field box again, and the window becomes active and solid. I can now shift between the two windows without having to move my dialogs, and that makes me happy.

To enable this new function, you simply need to go to the preferences, and select the ease of access section. There you will find the new transparency options.


Hopefully other users will find this feature useful as well.

You can download the new update at: or the program will automatically prompt and download the update for you.

This weekend, I’ll be addressing a couple UI issues I’ve encountered and will likely add a couple features that didn’t make it into the initial release.

Questions, let me know.


by reeset at December 01, 2017 06:43 AM

November 29, 2017


Happy 350th birthday, Jonathan Swift!


Writing about the Irish satirist Jonathan Swift, George Orwell observes:

“In a political and moral sense I am against him, so far as I understand him. Yet curiously enough he is one of the writers I admire with least reserve, and Gulliver’s Travels, in particular, is a book which it seems impossible for me to grow tired of… If I had to make a list of six books which were to be preserved when all others were destroyed, I would certainly put Gulliver’s Travels among them.” 1

On this, the occasion of Jonathan Swift’s 350th birthday, we share Orwell’s enthusiasm for Swift and his work by adding our own library-style tribute: Swift is the most popular Irish-born author, and Gulliver’s Travels the most popular work by an Irish author, in library collections today.

Studying the “Irish presence” worldwide

Over the summer we published several short pieces describing findings from a study of the Irish presence in the published record—the collection of materials by Irish people, about Ireland, or published in Ireland. A study of this kind is made possible by the massive aggregation of bibliographic and holdings data in OCLC’s WorldCat, a database of library catalogs. We had the opportunity to report some of our findings in the Irish Times, where Lorcan Dempsey noted that exploration of the Irish presence “is a form of ‘reading at scale,’ identifying patterns in how countries project their cultural, intellectual, literary, and musical traditions through the published record.”

Happy 350th birthday, Jonathan Swift – the most popular Irish author in the world!
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Using a measure of popularity based on the number of appearances by an author or work in library collections worldwide, we determined that Jonathan Swift and Gulliver’s Travels top the lists of most popular Irish authors and most popular works by an Irish author, respectively. Following Swift in the ranking are Oscar Wilde, Eve Bunting, George Bernard Shaw, and Oliver Goldsmith, while Dracula, The Vicar of Wakefield, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Artemis Fowl round out the top five most popular works by an Irish author.

Cooperative library data: a unique, powerful way to explore world literature

Library collections are where the world’s literature is gathered and stewarded. Library data—the information libraries have recorded about their collections—is a unique and powerful resource for exploring the contours of world literature.

In addition to the Irish study (full report forthcoming), OCLC Research has produced similar surveys of the Scottish and New Zealand national presences in the published record. Taken together, this work helps demonstrate the value of library data—and more specifically, WorldCat as an aggregator and repository of that data—as a source of information about the world’s literature.

So we add our accolades to the many honoring Jonathan Swift today, and close with this typically satirical passage from the man himself:

I write for the noblest end, to inform and instruct mankind, over whom I may, without breach of modesty, pretend to some superiority, from the advantages I received by conversing so long among the accomplished Houyhnhnms. I write without any view towards profit or praise. I never suffer a word to pass that may look like reflection, or possibly give the least offense even to those who are most ready to take it. So that I hope I may with justice pronounce myself an author perfectly blameless, against whom the tribes of answerers, considerers, observers, reflecters, detecters, remarkers, will never be able to find matter for exercising their talents. (Gulliver’s Travels, 1726)

Without irony, satire, caustic humor, or any other literary device, we wish Jonathan Swift a happy birthday!

Happy birthday, Jonathan Swift!


1. Orwell, George. The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell. Vol. 4, In Front of Your Nose: 1946-1950. Edited by Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus. Boston, MA: Nonpareil Books, 2000, p. 220.

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by Brian Lavoie at November 29, 2017 08:48 PM

TSLL TechScans (Technical Services Law Librarians)

Recommendations for Next Generation Repositories

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has just released a report from their Next Generation Repositories Working Group: Behaviours and Technical Recommendations of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group. The recommendations in this report provide an interesting read about the potential for a much more interlinked and standardized repository front in the future.

The report states that ”many of the behaviors and recommendations for next generation repositories pertain to establishing links across repositories as a way to break down the silos and arrive at an environment characterized by interconnected networked ​repositories.”

We currently have a somewhat “under-regulated” system of repositories that may or may not play nice with each other. The suggested standards and protocols within this report would move towards a more standardized approach to repository content as well as the metadata backing these materials. If adopted globally these standards would provide the foundation for more interlinked data and materials by adopting, and then adapting, resources that are already available.

Acknowledging that technology is fluid, and in some cases the desired technology does not yet exist, the Working Group will soon be publishing their behaviors and technologies in a GitHub repository to support updates and engage the broader community. 

by (Lauren Seney) at November 29, 2017 03:22 PM

Problem Cataloger

NIOSH/OSHA pocket guide to chemical hazards / editors, Frank W....

NIOSH/OSHA pocket guide to chemical hazards / editors, Frank W. Mackison, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R. Scott Stricoff, Lawrence J. Partridge, Jr., A.D. Little, Inc. (OCLC #8734681)

This volume has a date of “September 1978” on its title page and a suggestive “78” as part of its publication number, but this printing history on the title page verso:

  Second printing - January 1980
  Third Printing - August 1980
    with minor technical changes
  Fourth Printing - August 1981
    with minor technical changes

but does that merit a new (1981) record in OCLC?

I checked the edition section of their When to Input a New Record document, and was unsure. It may fall under “difference in content”?

Either way, a full and popular record already exists for this printing, with a 1981 date and a note:

500 __ ǂa "Fourth printing, August 1981, with minor technical changes."

This record most precisely matched what I had in hand, so worked well for copy cataloging.

November 29, 2017 02:42 PM