Posts Tagged ‘AUTOCAT’


RDA Updates

April 12, 2012

With RDA Updates expected to be extensive in the build-up to implementation, we decided not to create a companion website for Practical Cataloguing (Facet, 2012), but I will cover major changes here on this blog.

I’ve mentioned before that one of the hardest decisions about our recent book was when there would be time in all the RDA changes to get Practical Cataloguing through the press before another set of major changes was released. I can confess now that I’ve been holding my breath since January, when the JSC announced that “major changes to the RDA content would appear twice a year (in 2012, in April and October releases of the Toolkit)” (JSC RDA Updating Process, 2012).

This week the April changes were announced. Read the rest of this entry ?


RDA on April Fool’s Day

April 2, 2009

OK, so yesterday the lists told us about the outcomes of the lastest JSC meeting – hoorah! – and pranked us with “news” of the release of the online demo, courtesy of nokia – a timely reminder of the ubiquity of acronyms.


New Folksonomy Listserve

February 2, 2009

Lisa Zhao has established a listserve for people interested in folksonomy – FOLKSONOMY@LISTSERV.UIC.EDU



Bib records study and ecommunity

January 29, 2009

The Library of Congress … [has] announced the next phase of its investigation into the creation and distribution of bibliographic data in U.S. and Canadian libraries. The Library has commissioned a study to research and describe the current marketplace for cataloging records in the MARC format, with primary focus on the economics of current practices, including existing incentives and barriers to both contribution and availability. (Press Release, dated 21 January)

R2 Consulting, who are conducting the study, have set up a Ning community to keep interested parties up-to-date and, presumably, solicit opinion. Sign-up is free. There’s not much on there yet, but it’s early days …



Cataloguing is …

January 14, 2009

I know this is a bit sad, and I don’t know when or why I started it, but I have a little collection of librarians’ taglines – you know, the quotations and phrases that some people put at the end of their emails. It’s a word doc, doesn’t take up much space, and it just includes the phrases, not the names of the people who use them.

Today on AUTOCAT (and yes, I know it might look to some people like I don’t get emails from anyone else …), I picked up this one, that kinda reminded me of Kim Grove’s “Love is …” cartoons from when I was a child:

“Cataloging is to Information as …a Compass is to Directions — a Flashlight is to Darkness — a Metal Detector is to Treasure Seekers!”


New Blog on the Block

January 5, 2009

… the cataloguing block, that is.

Her post today to AUTOCAT alerted me to Heidi Hoerman’s new blog (started this very day). From its statement of purpose (5 Jan):

The purpose of this blog is to try to bring clarity to our view of the near future for cataloging and catalogers.  It advances no agenda for what should be that future but only tries to interpret what is happening and to assess implications of changes. 

Heidi Hoerman is probably best known in the UK cataloguing community as the curator of The Virtual Museum of Cataloging and Acquisitions Artifacts. She’s an instructor at University of South Carolina School of Library & Information Science, but as is always the way with such things “Nothing said in [her] blog in any way reflects official opinions of the University of South Carolina.” (‘Who’s Heidi?’, Future4catalogers’ Blog, 5 January 2009)


The Perfect Cataloguer

December 19, 2008

Melissa Torres has sparked an interesting discussion on AUTOCAT this week, simply by asking “how do you see the skills in the cataloging world changing? What are the skill sets that are needed now as opposed to 5, 10, 15 years ago?” [1]

Daniel Stuhlman’s answer displays concision, comprehensiveness and elegance when he says “The skills of analysis, synthesis, communications, creativity, and thinking out of the box are important for catalogers and most professionals.” [2]

However, Janet Swan Hill provides a wonderful mantra for cataloguers and cataloguing students that I shall be “cutting out to keep” and use with my students. Read the rest of this entry ?