November 29, 2007
LC Webcast on the Future of Bibliographic Control
After a year of careful and comprehensive study, the Library of Congress’ Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control presented its draft final report to the management and staff of the Library of Congress. View the webcast. [JH]
October 30, 2007
Future of Bibliographic Control Draft Report
Here's the press release:
WORKING GROUP ON THE FUTURE OF BIBLIOGRAPHIC CONTROL TO PRESENT DRAFT REPORT ON NOV. 13
In November 2006, Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, convened a Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control to examine the future of bibliographic description in the 21st century in light of advances in search engine technology, the popularity of the Internet and the influx of electronic information resources.
After a year of careful and comprehensive study, the group will present its draft report to Library of Congress managers and staff in the Coolidge Auditorium at 1:30 pm EST on Nov. 13. A live webcast will allow librarians around the country to view the presentation, and a comment period on the draft report will open immediately following the presentation and last until Dec. 15, 2007.
During the past 12 months at three regional group meetings in Mountain View, Calif.; Chicago; and Washington, D.C., invited panelists delivered presentations on various aspects of bibliographic control, and audience members responded with both oral and written comments. The Working Group members have collaborated throughout the year to shape the public meetings and to discuss their ultimate recommendations to the Library of Congress.
�I have been very pleased with the progress of the group and the diligence with which they have gone about writing the report," Marcum said. "The three regional meetings gave them much material to consider, and they have already received a number of comments from members of the library community. I thank them all for their dedication, and I eagerly anticipate their findings and recommendations.�
Information on the Working Group and its findings is available at www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/. The webcast will be available from that address on November 13.
Members of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, and Organizations Represented
� Chair: Jos�-Marie Griffiths of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
� American Association of Law Libraries: Richard Amelung
� American Library Association: Janet Swan Hill, Diane Dates Casey, Sally G. Smit
� Association of Research Libraries: Brian E.C. Schottlaender, Olivia M.A. Madison (Working Group co-chair), Judith Nadler
� Coalition for Networked Information: Clifford A. Lynch
� Google: Daniel Clancy
� Medical Library Association: Diane Boehr
� Microsoft Corporation: Jay Girotto
� National Federation of Abstracting & Indexing Services: Christopher Cole
� OCLC: Lorcan Dempsey
� Program for Cooperative Cataloging: Robert Wolven
� Special Libraries Association: John Latham
The Library of Congress is the world�s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to spark the public�s imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits. In doing so, the Library helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. Today, the Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staff�all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library�s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library�s award-winning Web site at www.loc.gov.
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October 19, 2007
The Dewey Decimal System Lives!
Law librarians tend to forget that the DDC is alive and well. Check out the Dewey Blog. It's edited by Jonathan Furner, assistant editor of the DDC, with contributions from other members of the Dewey editorial team. [JH]
October 18, 2007
Federal Depository Library Handbook Final Draft Released
"Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) and volunteers from the Federal depository community worked to consolidate and update the Instructions to Depository Libraries and the Federal Depository Library Manual, including its supplements, into one online publication. All the chapters were reviewed by key stakeholders, including the Depository Library Council and the professional library associations. Each chapter was also posted for public comment. LSCM staff reviewed comments, integrated them as appropriate, and served as final editors. The resulting publication is the Federal Depository Library Handbook." [Rj]
September 21, 2007
Guide for Cataloging Legal Websites
Check out LaTisha D. Lankford's Master's Paper, Guide for Cataloging Legal Websites: Using MARC and Dublin Core. Here's the abstract:
For many catalogers, web sites that are pertinent to their users’ needs are particularly challenging to catalog. While AACR2 has addressed the standards for cataloging electronic resources, including web sites, the structures and constantly changing information within web sites makes cataloging them problematic. This guide provides new catalogers who are not familiar with cataloging web sites with strategies for effective copy cataloging using the OCLC Connexion cataloging tool. Some of the topics explored are the development of the Internet, reasons for cataloging web sites, problems with cataloging web sites, and maintaining web addressing, using AACR2 rules or Dublin Core metadata schemes and the fields and code typically used in catalog records for web sites.
November 27, 2006
ALCTS Sponsors Digiblog
ALCTS -- the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services -- is sponsoring Digiblog as a forum for dialogue on critical issues to tech services and collection development. The blog is specifically related to controversial statements that will be used by a panel as part of the ALA Midwinter 2007 symposium entitled “Definitely Digital: an Exploration of the Future of Knowledge on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of ALCTS. [JH]
September 08, 2006
Caring for Your Collections: Guides and Ideas from the Preservation Directorate at LC
From the Library of Congress:
"Need advice on the care of books, photos, videos, and other media in your collections? These publications from the Preservation Directorate answer many questions about the care, handling and storage of your valuable collections."
December 14, 2005
Resources for Acquiring Foreign and International Law Books
NEEDSANDOFFERS-L (Needs and Offers Discussion List)
"Needsandoffers-l was created to facilitate the exchange of legal library materials between/among libraries. It provides a quick and easy means for the inexpensive acquisition of, and for the disposal
of no longer needed, legal materials. It is meant to carry lists of titles or general descriptions of materials either needed or offered."
LAW-ACQ-L (Law Library Acquisitions e-mail list)
W.S. Hein (reprints classic international law books and has e-book/digital versions in its Legal Classics Library via HeinOnline)
See also Kloof's "Used Law Book Dealers in the World"
Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law, D'Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago Law School
October 26, 2005
Discuss the Future of the Book on the Foreign Collection Development Blog
Lee Peoples, Oklahoma City University Law Library
August 29, 2005
New Blog Covers Foreign and Int'l Law Collection Development
FCIL-SIS just launched Foreign Collection Development Blog . It will discuss new titles and current issues in collection development for law librarians who collect foreign and international law at their institutions. The blog is administered by Heidi Kehul, FCIL webmaster and Research and Instructional Services Librarian with a specialty in FCIL at Northwestern L.S. and Moderated by Dan Wade, Associate Librarian for Foreign & International Law and Lecturer in Law at Yale L.S. They invite posts about FCIL collection development issues.
Lee Peoples, Oklahoma City University Law Library
August 09, 2005
2006 AALL: Gov Docs Speakers Needed
Do you have experience with handling the transition from print to electronic? If you are already going to AALL, please contact Michele Pope (Loyola-New Orleans). We need 2-3 speakers to address processing, cataloging, reference, long term maintenance etc.
May 17, 2005
Legal Information Buyer's Guide & Reference Manual - 2005 edition out late May - early June
From Ken Svengalis, Rhode Island LawPress:
About this time every year, people start E-mailing me privately to inquire about the release of the next edition of the Legal Information Buyer's Guide & Reference Manual.
I am pleased to report that shipment is expected in about two weeks at which time we will ship out copies to all our standing order customers. For those not on standing order, we are now accepting pre-publication orders for the 2005 (9th) edition of this indispensable legal reference tool. A standing order will guarantee that you receive the book in a timely manner for use in your budget reparations.
The 2005 edition, which updates and replaces the 2004 edition, includes updated information on thousands of legal information products, including reviews of over 1,400 legal treatise and specialty titles (including dozens of new titles). For example, the 2005 edition includes an 1,100 word content rich review of the ABA's 2003 Legal Technology Survey Report: Online Research. The book contains current bibliographic and pricing information on over 1,600 state primary law and secondary titles, and hundreds of additional products, including federal statutes, state and federal digests, legal encyclopedias, annotated reports, citators, administrative codes, legal newspapers, CD-ROMs, and much more. Our annotated bibliography of law-related reference titles (chapter 22) has been expanded to over 75 titles and our Legal Information Acquisitions Toolbox now includes 41 print titles and web sites. Chapter 28 includes the most complete and up-to-date listing of state legal bibliographies and research guides. The book contains a mind-boggling amount of pricing data, both current and historic--all compiled to make your job easier.
The supplementation costs provided for most titles are subscriber costs. These include the subscriber costs of all West Group titles which are not available on their company web site, but painstakingly gathered with the kind assistance of several dozen of law librarians around the country.
In addition, the complete text has been updated to reflect the current state of legal publishing in the United States as of March, 2005 (down to Reed Elsevier's recent acquisition of Weil Publishing), including every title, edition, and pricing reference. Moreover, the 2005 edition is 720 pages, an increase in size of 15 pages over the 2005 edition.
Our unique legal treatise pricing spreadsheet (Appendix H) provides basic bibliographic and pricing information on over 1,400 titles, including the 2000-2004 supplementation costs for each title (2005 for Matthew Bender and some Aspen titles). Nowhere on this planet will you find such a convenient source of comparative pricing data designed to help you make wise acquisition (or cancellation) decisions regarding print titles, CD-ROMs, and CALR services.
May 10, 2005
Dartmouth Library's Simple Repair Manual Now Online
While academic law libraries have preservation technologists readily available to repair books, etc., many corporate, firm and county law libraries do not. The web version of Dartmouth Library's Simple Book Repair Manual is a very good resource for law libraries that do not have trained staff on hand.
February 04, 2005
GPO Adds OCLC Holdings Symbol for Regional Depository Libraries
From the GPO:
Beginning February 1, 2005, the OCLC holdings symbol of 30 Regional depository libraries will be added to the bibliographic records GPO contributes to OCLC WorldCat. Working with GPO, OCLC has developed an automated batch loading process to set the holdings, which will be run daily.
This project will bring improved public and library community awareness of resources available in Federal depository library collections through an increased number of bibliographic access points and facilitated interlibrary loan of tangible U.S. Government publications.
Adding OCLC symbols to GPO-produced cataloging originated as a suggestion from Regional depository librarians.
If you have questions or comments, please use the GPO online help service. To ensure that your question is routed to the correct area, choose the category "Federal Depository Libraries" and the "National Bibliography" subcategory under Additional Information.
List of Participating Depository Libraries
Auburn University at Montgomery (AAM)
Arizona State Library (AZP)
California State Library (CAX)
University of Colorado (COD)
Connecticut State Library (CZL)
University of Florida (FUG)
University of Georgia (GUA)
University of Idaho (NTD)
University of Iowa (NUI)
University of Kentucky (KUK)
Louisiana State University (LUU)
Louisiana Tech University (LRT)
University of Minnesota (MNU)
University of Mississippi (MUM)
University of Montana (MTG)
University of Nevada, Reno (NNY)
University of New Mexico (IQU)
New Mexico State Library (NMS)
New York State Library (NYG)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (NOC)
University of North Dakota (UND)
State Library of Ohio (OHI)
Oklahoma State University (OKS)
State Library of Pennsylvania (PHA)
University of South Carolina (SUC)
University of Memphis (TMA)
Texas State Library & Archives Commission (IKM)
University of Virginia (VA@)
Washington State Library (WRJ)
West Virginia University (WVU)
February 03, 2005
A Great Leap Forward in Bibliographic Description?
The ResourceShelf reports that LC's Bibliographic Enrichment Team began enriching records with machine-generated contents notes on February, 1, 2005. Unfortuately, this may not be a great leap forward in bibiograhic description. As reported by LC
"Since the scanned table of contents come in a wide variety of formats and structures, some errors are to be expected in the placement and configuration of the 505 textual strings. Space, hyphen, hyphen, space will be inserted after each line break within the table of contents. Chapter and page numbers will appear as captured from the scanned table of contents images. The 505 data will not undergo review for punctuation."
Here's a sample record:
505 8 $aMachine-generated contents note: PREFACE 1. Probability -- 1.1 Introduction 1 -- 1.2 Algebra of Sets 2 -- 1.3 Properties of Functions 5 -- 1.4 Matrix Algebra 13 -- 1.5 Three Approaches 16 -- 1.6 Conditional Probability and Independence of Events 39 -- 1.7 Geometric Probability 48 -- 1.8 Miscellaneous Examples 54 -- Exercises 73 2. Univariate Distribution -- 2.1 Random Variable 80 -- 2.2 Expectation, Variance and Moments 89 -- 2.3 Moment Generating Function 104 -- 2.4 Characteristic Function and Cumulants 106 -- 2.5 Some Standard Discrete Distributions 100 -- 2.6 Some Standard Continuous distributions 128 -- 2.7 Transformation of Variables 143 -- 2.8 Miscellaneous Examples 153 -- Exercises 175 3. Bivariate Distribution -- 3.1 Joint, Marginal and Conditional Distributions 188 -- 3.2 Moments, Conditional Moments 200 -- 3.3 Correlation and Regression 209 -- 3.4 Transformation of Variables 215 -- 3.5 Bivariate Normal Distribution 228 -- 3.6 Bivariate Dirichlet Distribution 235 -- 3.7 Miscellaneous Examples 237 4. Multivariate Distributions -- 4.1 Different Aspects of a Multivariate Distribution 258 -- 4.2 2, t and F-Distributions 281 -- 4.3 Correlation and Regression 296 -- 4.4 Some Standard Multivariate Distributions 309 4.5 Order Statistics 320 -- 4.6 Some Notions of Dependence 339 -- 4.7 Results on Symmetrization 348 -- 4.8 Miscellaneous Examples 353 -- Exercises 368 5. Limit theorems -- 5.1 Chebyshev’s Inequality 384 -- 5.2 Other Useful Inequalities 390 -- 5.3 Convergence in Distribution 403 -- 5.4 Convergence in Probability 411 -- 5.5 The Laws of Large Numbers 419 -- 5.6 Central Limit Theorems 429 -- 5.7 Miscellaneous Examples 438 -- Exercises 456
I think my cataloging prof at UC, Professor Weintraub, would give LC an F on this one. If LC can't do better than this, then bring back the typewriters.
January 25, 2005
Attention Cataloger Wannabes
January 04, 2005
Project Gutenberg Catalog available as MARC
Rochelle, who wrote the conversion from RDF to MARC, notes that "what's needed now is for experienced and knowledgable cataloguers to cast an eye over the result, and provide feedback." See her post on LISNews.