Volume 47, no. 8, 2009


Invited Editorial: Announcing 2010, Year of Cataloging Research, Allyson Carlyle

Letters to the Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, Richard P. Smiraglia; Arlene G. Taylor

Dorothea Salo Responds

Book Reviews
A Review of Axiomathes (Vol. 18, No. 2): Special Issue on Facet Analysis, Guest editor, Claudio Gnoli.
Reviewed by Kathryn La Barre

A Review of FRBR: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Robert L. Maxwell
Reviewed by Thomas Brenndorfer

A Review of Fundamentals of Technical Services Management by Sheila S. Intner, with Peggy Johnson.
Reviewed by Carmen Königsreuther Socknat

Cataloging News, Mary Curran, News Editor


Original Articles

Preparing Catalogers for RDA Training
Alison Hitchens and Ellen Symons

ABSTRACT: This article prepares catalogers for the new cataloging standard Resource Description and Access (RDA) by giving trainers and Library and Information Science (LIS) educators the information they need to plan training for themselves and their staff or students. The theoretical principles of RDA are introduced as well as the corresponding vocabulary that trainers will need to use. This is followed by an overview of the structure of RDA as compared to the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed. (AACR2). Examples of rule changes and options are highlighted for trainers along with a reminder to review existing cheat-sheets and manuals that are based on AACR2. Finally, types of training formats are suggested.

KEYWORDS: Resource Description and Access (RDA); training; cataloging; Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR); education


Spaces in Korean Bibliographic Records: To be or Not to Be?
Wooseob Jeong, Joy Kim, Miree Ku

ABSTRACT: The purposes of this study are (1) to investigate how spacing in the Korean script fields in bibliographic records affects retrieval in various OPAC systems and (2) to propose ways to deal with these problems. We conclude that, from the end-user perspective, the systems using morphological indexing are harder to use than the systems using single character indexing where spaces had no impact on retrieval. We also recommend using both n-gram and morphological indexing, adopting good ranking systems, developing active education programs on this issue, and providing cross references between Chinese and Korean characters.

KEYWORDS: Korean language bibliographic records; word division; Korean language OPAC; Korean language catalogs; romanization


The IFLA Statement of International Cataloguing Principles (2009): In Praise of the Un-finished
Mauro Guerrini

ABSTRACT: The Paris Principles (1961) is the most relevant theoretical reference framework in the history of cataloguing; it was taken as the basis for the codes developed worldwide from the mid-sixties. In 2001, it was suggested calling an international meeting to re-examine critically the Paris Principles and to broaden its scope to today's issues. The analysis dealt with the broader bibliographic universe, the greater variety of types of resources, the changes brought about by automation and informatics, the search modes and the languages used by readers who think and act globally, the need to avail of the same strategies to search OPACs, and the need for an architecture built on shared rules. On 2009 IFLA published the Statement of International Cataloguing Principles (ICP). The ICP is built on a highly adaptable conceptual framework and has employed the tremendous diversity of the library and information worlds, both physical and digital. It required strenuous work in the five-year IME ICC (IFLA Meetings of Experts on an International Cataloguing Code) proceedings started in July 2003. ICP replaces and broadens the scope of the Paris Principles from just textual works to all types of materials and from just the choice and form of entry to all aspects of bibliographic and authority data used in catalogues. The new principles meet the needs of a world much changed since 1961, but they are still imperfect, like an unfinished text, especially for the theoretical analysis of the bibliographic description and for the subject indexing nearly absent from the text. Being aware of their imperfection, we feel compelled to improve them.

KEYWORDS: ICP; cataloging; IME ICC


No More Romanizing in RDA
Michele Seikel

ABSTRACT: Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed. (AACR2) rule 1.0E1 allows title and statement of responsibility, edition, publication and/or distribution data, and series title to be "transcribed from the item itself in the language and script (wherever practicable) in which it appears there." However, AACR2 will be replaced by a set of guidelines entitled Resource Description and Access (RDA). This article compares various guidelines from the November 2008 draft of RDA that are applicable to transcribing titles and names written in non-roman languages and/or scripts with their counterparts in its predecessor.

KEYWORDS: nonroman scripts; Resource Description and Access (RDA); Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR); bibliographic description; romanizing; transliteration; name headings; preferred names; authorized headings


Reflections on a Job Shadowing Experience
Christine Cho and Fang Huang Gao

ABSTRACT: Various studies from the past 30 years indicate that the number of new, qualified catalogers is dwindling. This article explores the reasons why library students are being deterred from specializing in cataloging and suggests methods to improve the situation. One highly recommended solution is for library schools to promote job shadowing. Shadowing is a career exploration tool that can be beneficial for both students and practitioners. Both authors have experienced the benefits of shadowing and offer their perspectives on being a shadow and a host.

KEYWORDS: catalogers; cataloging; recruiting; job shadowing; technical services

Guest Editorial: Announcing 2010, Year of Cataloging Research

Those of us in the cataloging world faced with change on all fronts have been challenged in recent years to understand where we are and where we need to go. One of the best, most effective ways of understanding what is going on and charting a course for future directions is with evidence—evidence based on research and empirical investigation, not just stories from the front lines and passionate appeals, although these have their place. As a faculty member who teaches cataloging (with some passion, I hope), I am particularly interested in encouraging and supporting research. Thus, when asked to be on the American Library Association ALCTS (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services) Implementation Task Group on the Library of Congress Working Group Report,i I said yes, and volunteered to work with Jimmie Lundgren from the University of Florida on the research-related recommendations.

Section 5 of On the Record is devoted to strengthening the library and information science profession and includes several recommendations regarding the support of ongoing research. The ones that ALCTS selected to focus on were:

Jimmie and I generated a number of ideas about how to encourage and support research. One of the most exciting is to declare the year 2010 "The Year of Cataloging Research." What better way to highlight the need for research on bibliographic control?

I strongly agree with the recommendations by the Library of Congress Working Group. We desperately need more research on bibliographic control and specifically on cataloging, catalogs, and catalog use. Why is research so important at this point? We are at a crossroads in the library cataloging world, in many different ways, and research can inform the critical decisions we need to make as we move forward.

One of the most important decisions we must make is how to distribute precious library resources on access to materials. Many librarians have criticized the high cost of cataloging; the Library of Congress's response to the LC Working Group's report implies that it would like to decrease their emphasis on providing original cataloging for the library world.iii Is cataloging according to our current standards worth the cost? How do we even begin to answer such a question? How can we possibly afford to answer that question without research?

We are on the brink of adopting a new international codeiv of cataloging rules, Resource Description and Access (RDA), that is based on models of bibliographic and authority records promulgated by IFLA, the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR)v and Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD).vi It is critical for us to know how useful these will be for creating efficient and effective catalogs.vii How expensive will they be to implement? Is what we gain from our new code of rules worth what we will spend to change our systems and processes to accommodate it? Some preliminary testing is underway but it is not enough. (See the United States national libraries "Testing Resource Description and Access (RDA)" project at http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/rda/index.html and http://www.rda-jsc.org/rdafaq.html#11.) We need testing at an international level as well as testing directed primarily at end users.

For years many librarians have criticized the design of most of our online catalogs, but now we are beginning to see exciting catalog interfaces that promise to energize the field of online catalog design. Research can help us discover which features are the most helpful, and which are least helpful. Research can facilitate creativity and innovation surrounding catalog interface design. With all of the provocative functionality surrounding Web 2.0 (user tagging, links to reviews, etc.), we cannot afford not to do research that will make our collections more accessible and our systems easier to use. With a little hard work and some inspiration, we may even be able to design catalogs that are fun to use.

Finally, research is important because we need to have real evidence for the claims we want to make. As a library educator and researcher, I cringe when I read statements in published articles or reports declaring that users are like this or like that, without citing any research to back up their claim or, just as bad, citing a whole book without reference to a specific page number to back up very specific claims. I am extremely concerned when these statements are then quoted in other articles as evidence to further claims that were unsubstantiated to begin with. I tell my students that whenever they think about users, they probably have a specific type of user in mind. My default user is a public library user, probably due to my experience as a librarian at the Beverly Hills Public Library. When people make unsubstantiated claims about users, they are frequently thinking about a particular type of user—their default user. Even if we do have evidence that some types of users dislike using the catalog, that evidence may become moot if our catalog designs improve radically.

The ALCTS Implementation Task Group was also excited about declaring 2010 the Year of Cataloging Research. They suggested a subtitle: 2010, Year of Cataloging Research: Metadata and Beyond (one Task Group member suggested "Beyond Metadata" as an alternate subtitle). We then took the idea to the ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section, which agreed to sponsor a program highlighting cataloging research at ALA 2010 Annual in Washington, D.C. The program does not have an official title as of this writing, but it will be an ALCTS sponsored program, probably scheduled for Sunday morning, June 27, 2010. The program is expected to provide ideas for both new and experienced researchers who are interested in doing research on cataloging and metadata.

We have begun a number of other activities and plan to encourage more. A preliminary round of emails to the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Special Interest Group on Classification Research (ASIST SIG CR) has made us hopeful that the theme for the SIG CR Workshop to be held in conjunction with the 2010 ASIST annual conference in Pittsburgh will be the Year of Cataloging Research.

Other ideas to celebrate the Year of Cataloging Research include:

I encourage anyone with further ideas or who would like to work on any of these projects to contact me.

The enthusiasm with which this idea has been received has been enormously heartening. As I said during the program on the Future of Catalogs at ALA 2008 Annual Conference, some days I think that as a cataloging teacher and researcher I am completely outmoded and should start thinking about early retirement; other days I think that what I am doing is so important, we need five more of me. I invite all of you to become involved in making the Year of Cataloging Research a harbinger of a refreshed and invigorated cataloging constituency.viii You can contribute by:

With energetic involvement and support on all levels, local, regional, national, and international, we will have enough momentum to declare 2010-2019 the Decade of Cataloging Research!

Allyson Carlyle
Associate Professor and Chair, Ph.D. Program
The Information School
University of Washington
July 29, 2009


i Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2008), http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/lcwg-ontherecord-jan08-final.pdf (accessed July 30, 2009).
ii On the Record, 37-38.
iii Deanna Marcum. Response to On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2008), 3-4, http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/LCWGRptResponse_DM_053008.pdf (accessed July 27, 2009).
iv There has been some reluctance to apply the term 'code' to RDA, but I imagine most of us will refer to it as such.
v IFLA Study Group on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (München: K.G. Saur, 1998). Also available at: http://www.ifla.org/en/publications/functional-requirements-for-bibliographic-records.
vi Glenn E. Patton, ed., IFLA Working Group on Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records (FRANAR), Functional Requirements for Authority Data: A Conceptual Model (München: K.G. Saur, 2009).
vii Seymour Lubetzky, Principles of Cataloging, Final Report, Phase I: Descriptive Cataloging (Los Angeles: Institute of Library Research, University of California, 1969), 3.
viii Visit my homepage at http://faculty.washington.edu/acarlyle/ for updates.



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Cataloging News

Welcome to the news column. Its purpose is to disseminate information on any aspect of cataloging and classification that may be of interest to the cataloging community. This column is not just intended for news items, but serves to document discussions of interest as well as news concerning you, your research efforts, and your organization. Please send any pertinent materials, notes, minutes, or reports to: Mary Curran, Morisset Library, University of Ottawa, 65 University Ave, Ottawa, ON Canada K1N 9A5 (email: mgcurran(at)uottawa.ca; phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 3590). News columns will typically be available prior to publication in print from the CCQ website at http://catalogingandclassificationquarterly.com/.

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Research and Opinion






Cataloging Blogs
This column enumerates and organizes cataloging blogs that, to varying degrees, have become central to catalogers worldwide. A scan of the literature indicates that cataloging blogs may not be as popular as some would like them. In an August 2007 blog entry, Nicole Engard bemoaned the absence of cataloging blogs:

"5 new blogs you say? Well I don't know much about what's new out there, but I can point you to 5 new(ish) to me blogs. Cataloging Futures. Yes, I've mentioned it before, but there are so few cataloging blogs out there that it deserves mentioning again."1

Now, one might think that August 2007 was relatively early in the history of blogs (short for weblogs). Techocrati, trackers of the blog and the blogosphere, report that blogs have been growing in popularity since the late 1990s and are now pervasive and a part of our daily lives. Just how pervasive are they? Just a few months after Engard's observation that there were so few cataloging blogs, Technocrati noted the international presence of more than 112 million blogs.2 By their 2008 State of the Blogosphere report, Technocrati, citing statistics amassed by Universal McCann in March 2008, noted that 184 million people worldwide and 26.4 million in the United States alone had begun a blog and that nearly twice that many, 346 million worldwide and 60.3 in the United States (or 77% of active Internet users) read blogs.3

Using these statistics on the state of the blogosphere to frame Engard's August 2007 observations with regards to the absence of cataloging blogs, one would have to conclude that she was correct. Although the number of cataloging blogs continues to grow slowly, they do not seem to be as popular as in other professions. It is not the purpose of this column to speculate on whether or not cataloging blogs are underrepresented in the library profession or not. However, I would like to suggest, that, at least on a personal level, the various cataloguing listservs—notably AUTOCAT, RDA-L, and myriad specialist cataloging listservs such as OLAC-L, SERIALST, etc. have been doing such a stellar job over the years in providing catalogers with information, answers to their questions, and even opportunities to speculate and ruminate about cataloging and metadata that perhaps blogs cannot adequately take their place. AUTOCAT and the specialist cataloging listservs have become the authoritative sites to publish cataloguing news, studies, events, etc. Personal cataloging blogs are often used by the blogger to organize and store major papers, cataloging tools, and news bytes, so one often finds information repeated from one blog to another. The repetition is more notable in blogs than it is with listserv cross-postings as is the personal rumination and occasionally ranting and whining.

Have we been reluctant to exchange the well-proven listserv with the blog that is usually produced by one person because we know that he or she may at anytime decide to abandon his or her blogging efforts? Of the 57 cataloging blogs that are listed in Planet Cataloging, eight or 14% of them had not been updated in more than one year when the present study was conducted in June 2009. Of the five blogs reviewed in Lyn Cordon's 2004 article: Cataloging Blogs,4 only one of the two blogs devoted specifically to cataloging, Catalogablog, is still active five years later. My experience (and I am sure that I am not alone) with my personal travel blog is that my intentions often outstrip the number of hours in a day. Blogs created for work purposes, such as the six from the OCLC blog community that are included in Planet Cataloging, tend to remain active more consistently than personal blogs. Likely this is because they have become instrumental in organizing work tools and acting as forums for work projects and can be updated during work hours rather than during leisure time.

Planet Cataloging is an automated aggregator for the 57 cataloging blogs it lists. It was named one of the top 10 Librarian Blogs to Read in 2009. The accompanying short review stated, "...there's no better place to keep your finger on the pulse of cataloging than Planet Cataloging (unless you can handle AUTOCAT)."5 Subscribing to its RSS feed permits subscribers to aggregate recent postings from all 57 blogs. Judging by the most recent aggregation, even the metablog Planet Cataloging is not nearly as popular as AUTOCAT even though Blake alludes to the fact that AUTOCAT is not for the faint-hearted. From June 17 to June 28th there were only seven new postings on all 57 blogs combined. Granted, this was during the summer, but a comparison with the number of messages and threads on AUTOCAT on even the nicest summer day suggest that blogs are far from rivals with the traditional cataloging listserv.

Another reason that blogs may not be as popular as listservs is the "in your face factor." You can opt to receive your listserv messages in digest form, and even use your email rules to direct them to separate hidden folders, but you are always forced to reckon with them either due to a learned sense of email etiquette or when allotted space on your email folders run out. We all use our email every day and see and make efforts to avoid the inbox clutter. Blogs on the other hand, are generally RSS-driven subscriptions. Much like the RSS feeds that you set on ITunes for podcasts—out of sight, out of mind, until not only do you forget to which RSS feeds you have subscribed but occasionally that you have subscribed at all. Some blogs allow you to receive the blog postings as weekly email digests but these are in the minority and the postings can be so sparse that one wonders why bother at all.

Perhaps preference of listservs over blogs is a generational issue. One of the newest cataloging blogs on the block, From the catalog of babes, started in December 2008 by a recent MLIS graduate seems to suggest that even young catalogers continue subscribing to AUTOCAT and other cataloging listservs and read them along with cataloguing blog posts.6 Blogs are often intended as personal diaries, meant to help the blogger understand new concepts both intellectually and emotionally, whereas listservs offer more opportunities for formal sharing of views. Some people are interested in personal diary-like professional and personal musings and others are not. Like other social network sites, people use blogs for a whole range of purposes.

Clearly cataloging listservs and blogs seem to have different but sometimes complementary purposes. Below is a bibliography of the 57 cataloging blogs aggregated in Planet Cataloging, the cataloging metablog. No attempt has been made to review or rank the blogs but they have been organized by broad categories. The "about" paragraph for each blog serves as a summary. A Google search using variations of the phrase "cataloging blog" yielded only a few others beyond those listed in Planet Cataloging. At the end of the list are those that were not listed on Planet Cataloging and are either new and promising or representative of types of cataloging blogs that may have a longer shelf-life than many.

Planet Cataloging, http://planetcataloging.org/
Planet Cataloging is an automatically-generated aggregation of blogs related to cataloging and metadata designed and maintained by Jennifer W. Baxmeyer and Kevin S. Clarke. (The 57 cataloging blogs that it aggregates follow.)

Association Blogs
Catalogue & Index Blog,

Catalogue & Index: Periodical of Chartered Institute of Library Information Professionals (CILIP) Cataloguing and Indexing Group is a quarterly publication containing articles on cataloguing, indexing, metadata and other topics of interest to the Cataloguing and Indexing Group. This blog is its online presence. (U.K.)

International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) UK, http://iskouk.blogspot.com/

A blog space of the British chapter of ISKO

LITA Blog, http://litablog.org/

Blog for Library and Information Technology Association of the American Library Association.

Lyrasis CAT, http://blog.lyrasis.org/cat/

This blog provides Lyrasis (PALINET) members with a place to discuss topics surrounding cataloging.

Metadata Blog (ALCTS NRMIG), http://blogs.ala.org/nrmig.php

Official blog of the Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group (NRMIG), a discussion group of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services division of the American Library Association.

Authority Control

Collocate and Disambiguate, http://collocate.wordpress.com/

Created by Lois Reibach, this blog includes discussions of news and trends in authority control, new uses of authority data, and developments in controlled vocabularies.

Cataloging Blogs (General)

Bibliographic Wilderness, http://bibwild.wordpress.com/

By Jonathan Rochkind about library matters of digital systems and services, metadata, cataloging, and our collective effort to help people navigate the 'information wilderness.'

Catalogablog, http://catalogablog.blogspot.com/

Library cataloging, classification, metadata, subject access, and related topics.

Cataloging Futures, http://www.catalogingfutures.com/catalogingfutures/

Focuses on the future of cataloging and metadata in libraries.

Cataloguing Librarian, http://laureltarulli.wordpress.com/

Laurel Taurelli includes links to resources that she uses frequently in cataloging.

Celeripedean, http://celeripedean.wordpress.com/

Jennifer Eustis shares her thoughts on librarianship and cataloging.

Coyle's InFormation, http://kcoyle.blogspot.com/

Karen Coyle comments on the digital age.

First Person Narrative, http://annewelsh.wordpress.com/

Collates Anne Welsh's books, articles, and conference papers with posts on RDA, MARC and Knowledge Organisation, and information studies more widely.

Fred 2.0, http://www.ibiblio.org/fred2.0/wordpress/

Cosmos, taxis, and the future of bibliographic control

Free Moth Flutterings, http://freemoth.wordpress.com

Cataloging, RDA, etc.

Future4catalogers' Blog, http://future4catalogers.wordpress.com/

Heidi Hoerman's blog for the purpose of bringing clarity to our view of the near future for cataloging and catalogers, to interpret what is happening and to assess implications of changes.

Inquiring Librarian, http://inquiringlibrarian.blogspot.com/

Jenn Riley's thoughts on librarianship, technology and how they affect each other

Metadata Matters, http://managemetadata.org/blog/

Diane Hillmann's blog, it's all about the services.

Organizing Stuff, http://organizingstuff.blogspot.com/

Jens-Erik Mai blogs about information, knowledge organization, etc.

Outgoing, http://outgoing.typepad.com/outgoing/

Library metadata techniques and trends by Thom Hickey.

Resource Description and Access: ALA Rep notes, http://www.personal.psu.edu/jxa16/blogs/resource_description_and_access_ala_rep_notes/

Comments and reports from John Attig on issues relating to the evolving text of Resource Description and Access (RDA)

Thingology, http://www.librarything.com/thingology/index.php

LibraryThing's ideas blog, on the philosophy and methods of tags and libraries.

WadingIn, http://wadeatmac.wordpress.com/

Wade Wyckoff's blog on cataloging and libraries.

Yee Cataloging Rules Weblog, http://yeecatrule.wordpress.com/

Blog for comments on Martha Yee's cataloging rules, http://myee.bol.ucla.edu.

Z666.7.B39, http://www.jenniferbax.net/

Musings by Jennifer Baxmeyer on metadata, cataloging, and the world of librarianship

Cataloging Blogs (Specialized)

Ohio State University Libraries Non-Roman Cataloging Blog, http://library.osu.edu/blogs/nonromancat

Cataloging news, discussion, procedures maintained by Sherab Chen.

Serials Cataloger, http://serialscataloger.blogspot.com/

News, research, and information of interest to serials catalogers maintained by Lori Terrill

Cataloging Software/Technology

darcusblog, http://community.muohio.edu/blogs/darcusb/

Bruce D'Arcus: This blog is focused on recording ideas and notes about scholarly technology.

eXtensible Catalog (XC), http://www.extensiblecatalog.org/

Blog for The eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project which" is working to design and develop a set of open-source applications that will provide libraries with an alternative way to reveal their collections to library users"

panlibus, http://blogs.talis.com/panlibus/

Talis blog on metadata, semantic web, open source and more in the line of digital solutions for libraries.

Terry's Worklog, http://oregonstate.edu/~reeset/blog/

Terry Reese (MARCEDIT) blogs about programming, digital libraries, and cataloging

x + 3, http://xplus3.net/

John Brinley's posts include plugins he has developed, tips and tricks for dealing with CSS, notes regarding cataloging standards and practices, batch PDF handling, or the Semantic Web


025.431: The Dewey blog, http://ddc.typepad.com/025431/

A weblog covering topics related to the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) and knowledge organization. The content of the blog is not vetted by the owners of the DDC—OCLC, or the DDC Editorial Policy Committee.


FRBR Blog, http://www.frbr.org/

A weblog following developments around the world in FRBR: Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. Maintained by William Denton

General Library Blogs that Include Cataloging

Clarke, Kevin S., http://weblog.kevinclarke.info/

Very little on cataloguing, but listed on Planet Cataloging.

Minerva Shelved, http://minervashelved.wordpress.com/

On books and libraries.

Off the Mark, http://marklindner.info/blog/

From Mark Lindner, a habitually probing generalist.

schenizzle, http://schenizzle.wordpress.com/

Sean Chen blogs about libraries, classification, cataloging, Carrboro and Duke.

Institutional Repositories

repositories for the rest of us, http://www.infodiva.com/rep4rest/

rep4rest is a ranty personal blog about repositories in the broadest sense by Laura J. Smart.


Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, http://dublincore.org/

The Dublin Core website is a blog.

Metalogger, http://metalogger.wordpress.com/

Neil Godfrey's thoughts and queries as a Metadata Specialist, Repository Coordinator, and Principal Librarian (Singapore National Library Board)

NSDL Metadata Registry Blog, http://metadataregistry.org/blog/

A community resource, where developers and implementers can discuss issues of interest to researchers and implementers of metadata registries.


Hectic Pace, http://community.oclc.org/hecticpace/

Andrew Pace's blog (Executive Director for Networked Library Services at OCLC)

Lorcan Dempsey's weblog, http://orweblog.oclc.org/

Developed as an internal communications vehicle and externalized after a year or so in October 2004, its interests relate closely to those of OCLC Programs and Research.

Metalogue, http://community.oclc.org/metalogue/

A forum for sharing thoughts on all things related to knowledge organization by and for libraries, hosted by Karen Calhoun, Vice President, WorldCat and Metadata Services for OCLC. Karen is joined by friends and colleagues from all over the globe, who contribute perspectives and experiences about the current and future state of cataloguing and metadata.

Weibel Lines, http://weibel-lines.typepad.com/weibelines/

Stuart Weibel, Senior Research Scientist at OCLC, blogs about library and Internet standards work.

Inactivea Blogs Listed on Planet Cataloging:

Cataloger 2.0, http://cataloger20.blogspot.com/

Dowling, Thomas, http://techessence.info/blog/6

Gentleman's Guide to Cataloguing, http://gentlemansguide.wordpress.com/feed/atom/

Kate drones on about cataloging, http://kmktestblog.wordpress.com/

Metalibrarian, http://metalibrarian.blogspot.com/

Sarahisacataloger's Weblog, http://sarahisacataloger.wordpress.com/

TagCommons, http://tagcommons.org/

Texadata, 'http://www.texadata.com/

washtublibrarian, http://washtublibrarian.blogspot.com/

Sarahisacataloger's Weblog, http://sarahisacataloger.wordpress.com/

TagCommons, http://tagcommons.org/

Other Cataloging-Related Blogsb

Cataloguing Aids, http://cataids.wordpress.com/

Serves as a portal and table of contents to Lynne Legrow's website of cataloguing aids, reminders, and links

Resource Shelf, http://www.resourceshelf.com

Resources of interest to information professionals, educators, and journalists

From the Catalog of Babes, http://catalogsofbabes.wordpress.com/

An unfashionable cataloger takes on the fashion library.

Quick TS, http://quickts.blogspot.com/

Technical Services nuggets of interest to Central Massachusetts Regional Library System members and beyond by Dodie Gaudet

Tech Services Happenings, http://ts3078.wordpress.com/cataloging-meetings/

To share the meeting minutes and highlights of departmental and committee meetings at Nova Southeastern University and the accomplishments and opinions of staff members.

Technocrati Cataloging, http://technorati.com/tag/cataloguing

This page features content that authors have "tagged" with cataloguing

Three Catalogers Walk into a Blog, http://3catalogers.wordpress.com/

Resources to help the cataloger catalog.

TSLL Techscans, http://tslltechscans.blogspot.com/

Share the latest trends and technology tools for Technical Services Law Librarians

University of Aberdeen Library cataloging blog, http://aulibrary.wordpress.com/

A blog about some of the things that we do to make it easier to find what you're looking for.

Cataloging blogs can be useful to catalogers but they tend to complement rather than replace traditional listservs such as AUTOCAT. By way of example, traditional listservs were the source of the short news roundup that follows. Several of these news bytes were cross-posted to cataloging blogs. Only one gave as its source a cataloging blog.7

aNo activity one year or more as of June 2009.
bNot on Planet Cataloging as of June 2009.


Creating Catalogues: Bibliographic Records in a Networked World, a report from the Research Information Network became available in June 2009 and is available for download at http://www.rin.ac.uk/creating-catalogues. The report "examines how bibliographic records for content held by UK academic and research libraries are created, distributed and used, and how these processes could be improved for the benefit of publishers, libraries and researchers."8

Provider-Neutral E-Monograph Record Task Group
The task force was charged in 2008 by the Program of Cooperative Cataloging:

Their final report, available at http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/bibco/PN-Final-Report.pdf, was submitted and approved in April 2009. Implementation of this policy by all PCC member libraries coding their records as PCC program records whenever they create or revise master records in OCLC is scheduled for July 17, 2009. It is also suggested for use by non-PCC members contributing their records to OCLC.

Moving Image Work-Level Records Task Force
Report and Recommendations for Moving Image Works, Part 3a (Operational Definitions) (DRAFT July 2, 2009) is now available, joining this group's reports for part 1 (Moving Image Work Definition and Boundaries), 2 (Core Attributes and Relationships) and part 4 (Extracting Work-Level Information from Existing MARC Manifestation Records). The Moving Image Work-Level Records Task Force was created by the Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) Cataloging Policy Committee (CAPC). Their reports are available at http://olacinc.org/drupal/?q=node/27.

OCLC Review Board of Principles of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship
On June 26, 2009, OCLC formally withdrew the proposed and deferred "Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records." The decision came after the OCLC Board of Trustees received the "Final Report of the OCLC Review Board on Principles of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship" on June 22, 2009 from the OCLC Review Board convened to assess matters concerning shared data. A new group will be assembled to begin work to draft another policy with more input and participation from the OCLC membership. The Final Report is available at http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/catalog/FinalReport_ReviewBoard.pdf.

A number of RDA background documents have been updated, including the element analysis and the FRBR and FRAD mappings. They are available at http://www.rda-jsc.org/rda.html#scope. The list of AACR2 changes has also been revised, and now includes a comparison of AACR2 SMDs with RDA vocabularies. This document is available at http://www.rda-jsc.org/docs/5sec7rev.pdf, p. 18.

New data elements in the MARC 21 Authority and Bibliographic Format for works and expressions
MARC DISCUSSION PAPER NO. 2009-DP06/3 by the RDA/MARC Working Group became available on June 18, 2009. This paper suggests new data elements in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats in order to support RDA detail with respect to works and expressions.

Finalization of RDA text
The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) reports that the RDA text was handed to the co-publishers on schedule on June 22, 2009, and is scheduled to be released at the end of November 2009.
Alan Danskin became the new JSC Chair on July 1, 2009. Danskin is the Metadata and Bibliographic Standards Coordinator at the British Library.


Functional Requirements for Authority Data - A Conceptual Model / edited by Glenn E. Patton
M√ľnchen: K.G. Saur. (IFLA Series on Bibliographic Control; Nr. 34)
ISBN 978-3-598-24282-3
This new IFLA publication represents one portion of the extension and expansion of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records, with further analysis of attributes of various entities that are the centre of focus for authority data (persons, families, corporate bodies, works, expressions, manifestations, items, concepts, objects, events, and places), the name by which these entities are known, and the controlled access points created by cataloguers for them. The conceptual model describes the attributes of these entities and the relationships between them. The current functional requirements were drafted by the IFLA Working Group on Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records (FRANAR) which was established in 1999. Since 2003 IFLA is sharing responsibility for FRANAR with the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL). Editor Glenn E. Patton has been the Chair of the FRANAR Working Group since 2002.

Cataloging Service Bulletins (CSB) now freely available
All 123 issues of Cataloging Service Bulletin (CSB) are now available at no cost at http://www.loc.gov/cds/PDFdownloads/csb. CSB is a quarterly bulletin that includes current, new, and revised information about Library of Congress (LC) cataloging and classification practices and policies. CSB lists revised AACR2 rules, LC Rule Interpretations, changes to the ALA/LC Romanization tables, changes to the LC Subject Headings, and includes "Cataloging Publication News" and "News of Cataloging Projects," and more.


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9PCC Task Group. Provider-Neutral E-Monograph Record Task Group Report, May 30, 2009 available at http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/bibco/PN-Final-Report.pdf.


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