Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals
by David Stuart. London: Facet Publishing, 2016. vii, 224 p. ill. ISBN 978-1-78330-062-4. £59.95.
--Reviewed by Christine DeZelar-Tiedman
by Thomas Brenndorfer. Chicago: American Library Association, 2016. xvi, 376 p. ISBN 978-0-8389-13238-4. $105.00.
--Reviewed by Ben Abrahamse
Describing Music Materials: A Manual for Resource Description of Printed and Recorded Music and Music Videos
by Richard P. Smiraglia with Jihee Beak. 4th ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. xxi, 199 p. ISBN 978-1-4422-7628-4. $55.00.
--Reviewed by Peter H. Lisius
Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums: How to Clean, Link, and Publish Your Metadata
by Seth van Hooland and Ruben Verborgh. London: Facet Publishing, 2014. xvii, 254 p., illus. ISBN 978-1-85604-964-1. £54.95.
--Reviewed by Patrick Lavey
Cataloging Library Resources: An Introduction
by Marie Keen Shaw. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. xxxi, 229 p. illus. ISBN 978-1-4422-7486-0. $35.00
Reviewed by Marielle Veve
, Violet B. Fox, Editor
Expand, Humanize, Simplify: An Interview with Sandy Berman
Sanford Berman & Tina Gross
ABSTRACT: In this interview, Sanford ("Sandy") Berman discusses his career and his efforts to promote responsive, user-friendly cataloging practices over uncritical deference to prevailing standards. Topics covered include his work at Hennepin County Library, his thoughts on the campaign to change the subject heading "Illegal aliens," his ongoing practice of proposing new Library of Congress Subject Headings, and his relationship with the Library of Congress.
KEYWORDS: Catalogers, cataloging, subject cataloging, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Subject access
The Nature and Characteristics of Bibliographic Relationships in RDA Cataloging Records in
OCLC at the Beginning of RDA Implementation
Taemin Kim Park & Andrea M. Morrison
ABSTRACT: This research examines the characteristics and types of bibliographic relationships in Resource Description and Access (RDA) book cataloging records produced in OCLC after RDA implementation. Data was sampled (n = 1,550), coded, and analyzed for work-to-work, expression-to-expression, and manifestation-to-manifestation relationships. Results show work-to-work bibliographic relationships are most frequently recorded in both PCC records (57.4%) and non-PCC (59.5%); expression-to-expression are recorded the least in PCC (8.3%) and non-PCC (15.8%); and manifestation-to-manifestation relationships fall between with PCC (34.4%) and non-PCC (24.7%). This study also investigates the MARC fields used to record relationships and common characteristics in cataloging records with bibliographic relationships.
KEYWORDS: Bibliographic relationships, work-to-work relationships, expression-to-expression relationships, manifestation-to-manifestation relationships, cataloging, MARC fields, RDA
Examining BIBFRAME 2.0 from the Viewpoint of RDA Metadata Schema
ABSTRACT: This article examines BIBFRAME 2.0 from the viewpoint of RDA metadata schema, that is, whether the present BIBFRAME is suitable for exchange and sharing of metadata created with RDA. First, an overview of RDA and BIBFRAME models is provided. Second, mapping examples of metadata records and part of the mapping tables from RDA to BIBFRAME are demonstrated. Third, some issues involved in the mapping are investigated: treatment of RDA Expression in BIBFRAME, mapping of RDA elements to BIBFRAME properties, and conversion of extant MARC21 bibliographic records to BIBFRAME metadata.
KEYWORDS: Resource Description and Access (RDA), metadata standards, BIBFRAME, metadata schema, RDF, vocabulary mapping
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Call for papers: The Workshop on Classification and Subject Indexing in Library and Information Science (LIS'2017)
The Workshop on Classification and Subject Indexing in Library and Information Science (LIS'2017) is held in conjunction with the European Conference on Data Analysis (ECDA2017) on September 27-28, 2017 at the Wroclaw University of Economics, Wroclaw, Poland.
LIS'2017 solicits contributions on the role of classification and data analysis in this domain. Topics in these areas include but are not limited to:
All abstracts will undergo a reviewing process. Accepted contributed and invited presentations may be published as post conference peer-reviewed full papers in the open access e-journal Archives of Data Science . In addition a selected number of peer-reviewed papers will be published in a Special Issue of the Journal Advances in Data Analysis and Classification (ADAC). The abstract submission deadline is June 10, 2017.
For more information visit the conference website at:.
Call for participation: 11th U.S. Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop at DC-2017
The 11th U.S. Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop will take place on Saturday, October 28 as part of DC-2017 in Crystal City, VA (Washington, D.C.). Proposals are invited for presentations and demos. The submission deadline is June 30, 2017.
For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit the NKOS Call for Participation aton the DC-2017 website.
Call for papers: IX Encuentro de Catalogación y Metadatos
The IX Encuentro de Catalogación y Metadatos (Meeting of Cataloging and Metadata) will be held on September 12-14, 2017, at the facilities of the Institute of Library and Information Research and the Institute of Bibliographic Research, National Library of Mexico, located in Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City.
The conference goal is bringing together those involved in the theory and practice of cataloging, cataloging, and metadata to discuss the challenges of library research and education, as well as professional practice, in order to identify alternatives and address those challenges.
Among the topics that can be addressed are the following:
Researchers, professors, and librarians in Mexico and Latin America interested in the topics of the IX Encuentro de Catalogación y Metadatos are invited to take part as speakers by sending presentation proposals no later than June 16, 2017.
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NISO releases draft technical report, Issues in Vocabulary Management
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) seeks comments on a new draft Technical Report, "Issues in Vocabulary Management" (). This document is one outcome from the NISO Bibliographic Roadmap Development Project, which was conducted beginning in 2013 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Bibliographic Roadmap work examined requirements for usability and adoption of advanced bibliographic exchange in a global network environment and its final report, ( ) published in April 2014, prioritized several areas of potential future work, including those included in this technical report: policies supporting vocabulary use and reuse; documentation for vocabularies; and requirements for preservation of RDF vocabularies.
As interest in the new environment for sharing bibliographic information grows, questions about appropriate policies and the supporting infrastructure come to the fore. The intent of this Technical Report is to provide a background on vocabulary management for those operating in the current transitional environment, where there may be less knowledge of policies and social constructs and less practical experience in moving forward using a common infrastructure. The technical report is also intended to position general recommendations for future gap-filling work.
"The goal of discussing all of these activities is to highlight the importance of stability in the vocabulary environment, particularly regarding the need for interoperability as descriptive information moves into the Linked Open Data environment," notes Diane Hillmann, Principal of Metadata Management Associates LLC and co-chair of the Use and Reuse working group. "These issues are not new and we see the recent upswing of interest in linked data feeding interest in this area. We hope that this technical report will promote further solutions work."
"The NISO community consists of librarians, publishers, and system and service providers, and of course the document is written for them," comments Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director for Programs. "But beyond these groups we hope the document may also help the many individuals and groups building and sharing bibliographic and other descriptive data, as well as knowledge managers within a variety of organizations using vocabularies to solve problems."
The NISO Issues in Vocabulary Management technical report is available for public comment from June 19 to July 19, 2017. To download the draft document or submit comments, visit the NISO project page at. All input is welcome.
27th Meeting of the Permanent UNIMARC Committee, Lisbon, Portugal, National Library of Portugal, March 20–21, 2017
Report submitted by Jay Weitz, Vice Chair of the PUC, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Dublin, Ohio, USA
On March 20–21, 2017 the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions's (IFLA) Permanent UNIMARC Committee (PUC) gathered at the National Library of Portugal in Lisbon for its 27th Meeting. In attendance were Ms. Maria Inês Cordeiro (National Library of Portugal, Director of the UNIMARC Strategic Programme), Ms. Rosa Galvão (National Library of Portugal), Mr. Massimo Gentili-Tedeschi (Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense and Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico [ICCU]), Mr. Philippe Le Pape (Agence bibliographique de l'enseignement supérieur, France), Ms. Gordana Mazić (Institut informacijskih znanosti [IZUM], Slovenia), Ms. Olga Zhlobinskaya (Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, Russia), and Mr. Jay Weitz (OCLC, USA, Vice Chair and Rapporteur).
During the two days of meetings, the PUC discussed a total of 14 UNIMARC/Bibliographic (U/B) and UNIMARC/Authority (U/A) change proposals, the selection of a new PUC Chair, the status of the UNIMARC in RDF Project, and other topics. Minutes from the informal PUC meeting in Columbus, Ohio, USA (August 2016) were approved.
UNIMARC formats and guidelines
The UNIMARC change proposals were discussed mostly in numerical order. Unless otherwise noted, the proposals were accepted or accepted as amended. In some cases, these actions represent final approval of previously accepted proposals that were subsequently found to need additional work.
UNIMARC in RDF project
RDA Steering Committee (RSC) Chair Mr. Gordon Dunsire provided the following "Report on the UNIMARC/Authorities in RDF Project" along with the Excel spreadsheet mentioned:
The work on modeling UNIMARC/Authorities in RDF started in March 2016 as a continuation of the UNIMARC/Bibliographic format in RDF. The project covers the 3rd edition of UNIMARC/A (2009) and full updates of 2012 and 2016. The same methodology as for the previous project UNIMARC/B in RDF was used, meaning that every content designator (combination of field + indicator + subfield) result in one RDF property. Each RDF property is expressed as a single row in Excel sheets (4,594 rows). Predrag Perožić produced the spreadsheets and Mirna Willer updated the tables with definitions and scope notes. The shared Excel document was made available for review to Dr. Cordeiro.
It is planned that Gordon Dunsire will check the content, produce the input Open Metadata Registry (OMR) spreadsheets, and send them to PUC members to review the content. After that, the sheets will be loaded to the OMR.
The future of the PUC
The PUC has been seriously discussing the issue of its future leadership for several years now, following the unfortunate incapacitation of its long-time Chair Mr. Alan Hopkinson in early 2013 and his passing in April 2016. A complicating factor has been the desire of the National Library of Portugal to relinquish its role of UNIMARC Strategic Programme host, which it has held since 2003. With the IFLA Governing Board's recent suggestion that "the PUC could move to a structure … that operates without the support of a hosting institution," the PUC was able to concentrate fully on choosing a new chair. Ms. Gordana Mazić consented to take on that task, with the approval of her institution IZUM, and with the understanding that certain chair and host responsibilities will be shared among other PUC members.
The PUC also noted with distress that in 2016 and again in 2017, it has been limited to a mere five-minute reporting slot as part of the Committee on Standards (CoS) meeting at the IFLA Congress (scheduled for 2017 August 20, 13:45–15:45, Wrocław, Poland). From 2003–2015, the PUC has had a regular 2-hr open session at each IFLA Congress to present news and submitted papers. The committee stressed that this seems to contradict the notion put forward by the CoS that promoting IFLA standards is one of its chief roles. This also limits the PUC's ability to promote relations with other groups and to communicate with the UNIMARC community to the largest IFLA audience.
Upcoming UNIMARC meetings
The PUC will hold its next informal meeting in August 2017 as part of the IFLA Congress in Wrocław, Poland. Scheduling of the 2018 regular meeting of the PUC has not yet begun, but it is likely to be in March or April 2018 at a site yet to be determined.
Timothy Cole awarded 2017 LITA/OCLC Kilgour Research Award
Timothy Cole, Head of the Mathematics Library and Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). Professor Cole also holds appointments in the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) and the University Library.
The Kilgour Award is given for research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed. The winner receives $2,000, a citation, and travel expenses to attend the LITA Awards Ceremony & President's Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago (IL).
Over the past 20 years, Professor Cole's research in digital libraries, metadata design and sharing, and interoperable linked data frameworks have significantly enhanced discovery and access of scholarly content which embodies the spirit of this prestigious Award. His extensive publication record includes research papers, books, and conference publications and has earned more than $11 million in research grants during his career.
The Award Committee also noted Professor Cole's significant contributions to major professional organizations including the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Digital Library Federation, and Open Archives Initiative, all of which help set the standards in metadata and linked data practices that influence everyday processes in libraries. We believe his continuing work on Linked Open Data will further improve how information is discovered and accessed. With all of Professor Cole's research and service contributions, the Committee unanimously found him to be the ideal candidate to receive the 2017 Frederick G. Kilgour Award.
When notified he had been selected, Professor Cole said, "I am honored and very pleased to accept this Award. Fred Kilgour's recognition more than 50 years ago of the ways that computers and computer networks could improve both library services and workflow efficiencies was remarkably prescient, and his longevity and consistent success in this dynamic field was truly amazing. Many talented librarians have built on his legacy, and over the course of my career, I have found the opportunity to meet, learn from, and work with many of these individuals, including several prior Kilgour awardees, truly rewarding. I have been especially fortunate in my opportunities and colleagues at Illinois – notably (to name but three) Bill Mischo, Myung-Ja Han, and Muriel Foulonneau – as well as in my collaborations with other colleagues across the globe. It is these collaborations that account in large measure for the modest successes I have enjoyed. I am humbled by and most appreciative of the Award Committee for giving me this opportunity to join the ranks of Kilgour awardees."
Robert Bremer recipient of the 2017 Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates the recipient of the 2017 Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award, Robert Bremer. Presented by the Continuing Resources Section (CRS) of ALCTS, this award consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by ProQuest and is given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship. The award will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on June 24, 2017, during the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.
Bremer, senior consulting database specialist at OCLC, has been described as an unsung hero in the serials world. Throughout his long, distinguished career, Bremer has been committed to the goals of cooperative metadata creation. He has been OCLC's liaison to CONSER (the Cooperative Serials Program) since the beginning of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) and has chaired or served on numerous PCC task groups, committees and projects. Robert has also been willing to share his knowledge and expertise with others. Not only has he helped serials catalogers with their day to day jobs, he has worked with and trained many of the database specialists at OCLC in serials cataloging and content designation.
In 2002, serials catalogers from the Library of Congress, CONSER, and OCLC began a project to find a practical solution to the growing number of MARC records that resulted from the then current cataloging practice considering each "aggregator/publisher/distributor" of online content to be a separate edition. Bremer was the chair of the task group that developed the provider neutral record practices for online serials that resulted in the "PCC Provider-Neutral Standard." After the standard was implemented, he was then responsible for working out the merger of thousands of serials records. Another notable contribution to the serials community has been his work with OCLC macros. These macros, especially the "Insert from cited record," have made cataloging more efficient for a multitude of catalogers. He was also responsible for the development of a macro that creates complete online serial records from existing print serial records. In consultation with colleagues, Bremer designed a project to add RDA elements into pre-RDA records in WorldCat. This project not only created hybrid records, it also greatly improved the WorldCat database by correcting many other errors and validation problems. This project alone has improved over 150 million WorldCat records. CRS is pleased to recognize the significant accomplishments and contributions of Bremer, whose work has made a profound impact on serials librarianship, as well as current and future library professionals.