OCLC’s Expert Community Experiment

March 31, 2009

“In response to requests from the cataloging community, OCLC is introducing the Expert Community Experiment, which enables cataloging members to make more changes to WorldCat records. During the Experiment, members with full-level cataloging authorizations have the ability to improve and upgrade WorldCat master records. The Experiment begins in February 2009 and lasts six months.” 
                      – from http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/catalog/quality/expert/default.htm

Also on this webpage are the guidelines, some FAQs and an introductory webinar.


RDA Draft Available for Comment

November 19, 2008

The full draft of RDA (Resource Description and Access) is now available for comment. Please see the following Web page for details on accessing the draft and making comments: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/jsc/rdafulldraft.html

MLA 2008 Conference Report

November 13, 2008

The 2008 Annual Michigan Library Association Conference was held in Kalamazoo this year on October 22-24.

Shaping your community’s yesterdays for today and tomorrow: building your library’s local history collection – This presentation highlighted many useful tips about establishing or promoting a library’s local history collection.  Kris Rzepczynski, Michigan/Genealogy Coordinator at the Library of Michigan, presented the viewpoint from a large library with an established collection.  Sara Wedell, Adult Services Librarian at the Delta Township District Library, presented the viewpoint of a library just starting out with their local history collection in a new building. Things to consider when creating a local history collection are the scope, what neighboring libraries are doing so as not to duplicate services, whether to circulate materials, and access vs. preservation.  Establishing contacts, such as libraries, historical/genealogical societies, newspapers or churches, within your community is also important.  Resources available to local history librarians include the MeL Genealogy Gateway (which includes HeritageQuest), Michigan County Histories and, soon, SeekingMichigan.org, an online collection of historical collections.

Tech Tools for Reference: a Public and Academic Library Perspective – This was a very informative presentation about all kinds of useful online tools.  Holly Hibner, head of Adult Services at Salem-South Lyon District Library presented some tools from the public library perspective and Christine Tobias, Reference and Technology librarian at Michigan State University showed the audience tools that could be useful in an academic library setting.  A link to their presentation is available here.

Get the Point Across with a Wink – Glenn Fischer from the Genesee District Library presented about a software tool called WINK which is a free way to record computer screen activity, annotate the recording with text or voice, and export the recording in a number of formats.  At DALNET, we have already begun experimenting with this tool for training purposes.

Catalog Records of Tomorrow: Cataloging Rules and Standards in 2009 – This presentation discussed RDA: Resource Description & Access and the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control report.  The portion of the presentation by Lisa Robinson, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Michigan State University, is available here.  Amy L. Ranger’s presentation can be found here.

Michigan Evergreen Project: Michigan’s first open source group catalog – Representatives from the Michigan Library Consortium and the Grand Rapids Public Library discussed the Michigan Evergreen project, an open-source shared system available to Michigan libraries that was launched in 2008.  Currently, the system includes Circulation, and Cataloging, and OPAC, with Acquisitions and Serials slated for 2009.  Libraries that have already migrated included Branch District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library, and Niles District Library.  For more information, see the Michigan Evergreen blog and wiki.

VUFind: an Open Source ILS Independent OPAC – Presentations about VUFind were made by representatives of both Western Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University.  WMU’s presentation can be found here, while the presentation by Jackie Wrosch, Systems Librarian at EMU, can be found here.  VUFind does not replace your ILS, but it can be an improvement on the OPAC supplied by your vendor.  Jackie discussed the improvements that were possible with VUFind, such as the ability to customize, better keyword searching, and integration of outside content, and also the areas that did not quite reach expectations, such as holds/requests, online renewals, and tagging.  Plans for the future include improving the functions they need, comparing VUFind with their vendor OPAC and developing in-house support.

[Report by Kristy Wells]

Making History with YouTube and the OPAC

October 27, 2008


The DALNET staff enjoyed attending the 2008 Michigan Library Association annual conference last week.  Lots of new things were learned that will be shared with consortium members.

Director Steven K. Bowers and volunteer Pat Lewis delivered a session entitled “Making History with YouTube and the OPAC”.  The presentation was about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Speeches and Interviews project.  Click below to view materials from their presentation.

PowerPoint: http://www.dalnet.lib.mi.us/MLA/2008/MLA2008.ppt

Some Considerations When Proposing a Digital Project (Handout): http://www.dalnet.lib.mi.us/MLA/2008/digital_considerations_handout.doc

Download the MARC Records (right click and save): http://www.dalnet.lib.mi.us/MLA/2008/youtube_king

Cataloging Audiovisuals

September 11, 2008

This site from OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers) has many useful guides to cataloging materials such as streaming media, internet, DVDs and Blu-rays, and the newest guide for playaways: “Guide to Cataloging Playaway Devices Based on AACR2 Chapters 6 and 9.” The guides are available in PDF, HTML/Web, or MS Word formats.  There is also a page of useful websites for catalogers available here.

RDA: a cataloguing code for the 21st century

September 4, 2008

Click here for an article about RDA by Ann Chapman of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) in England.

Cataloger’s Learning Workshop Materials

August 14, 2008

The Cataloging Distribution ServiceLibrary of Congress, has posted to its web site an announcement that on October 1, 2008, CDS will discontinue selling PDF training products. Instead, the PDF training materials posted to the Cataloger’s Learning Workshop will be available for downloading at no cost on or about 1 October 2008.  The materials available will be for the following courses:  Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP) which includes Basic Serials Cataloging, Advanced Serials Cataloging, Integrating Resources Cataloging, Electronic Serials Cataloging, and Serials Holdings, Cooperative Cataloging Training (CCT) which includes Basic Subject Cataloging using LCSH, Basic Creation of Name and Title Authorities, Fundamentals of Series Authorities, and Fundamentals of Library of Congress Classification, and Cataloging for the 21st Century (Cat21) which includes Rules and Tools for Cataloging Internet Resources, Metadata Standards and Applications, Metadata and Digital Library Development, Digital Project Planning and Management Basics, Principles of Controlled Vocabulary and Thesaurus Design. 

The Cooperative and Instructional Programs Division expect to have the newly renovated web site accessible online on or around Oct. 1, 2008. The web site will include links to the free training materials.