Julie Hankinson | 24 Oct 19:43 2014
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CDS customer service?


Is anyone else having issues with CDS customer service? We're experiencing some right now.

Julie Hankinson
Cataloger
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

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Keith Greising | 24 Oct 17:23 2014
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Any experiences with OCLC's new(?) Classify service?

I stumbled across this today on OCLC: Classify (An experimental
classification web service).  It is accessible as the last choice on the
"edit" tab.

My question is, (a) does anyone have any experience with trying to use this,
and (b) if you have, does it seem as though it could serve as a replacement
for ClassWeb?  We do original cataloging on approx. 500 titles in an average
year, and I literally spend about 3 hours per year using ClassWeb, and it
would be great to not have our library have to purchase that product.

Thanks for any assistance in advance! 

Keith Greising
Cataloging Assistant
Olson Library
Northern Michigan University
kgreisin@...
(906) 227-2170

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Keith Manecke | 24 Oct 17:25 2014

Job Posting - Assistant Registrar: Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH

Please excuse cross-posting.

Assistant Registrar of Collections, Ohio History Connection

The Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society) is seeking a full-time Assistant
Registrar of Collections in its Museum & Library Services Division.
The assistant registrar performs various tasks that promote physical and intellectual control of the
Ohio History Connection's museum and non-public-record archival collections. These tasks include:

  *   Assisting with record-keeping activities that promote identification and management of collections
at the Ohio History Center in Columbus and at the Ohio History Connection's network of sites throughout Ohio.
  *   Performing inventories and audits of Ohio History Connection collections in Columbus and at sites
throughout Ohio.
  *   Creating new catalog records and updating descriptive and administrative information in existing
records in the collection catalog and collection management system.
  *   Photographing collections and generating images for multiple purposes, such as condition
documentation, accession paperwork, and display images for the online catalog.
  *   Generating referral, accession, loan and other collections-related documents.
  *   Assisting with loan negotiations, condition reporting, packing, shipping and insurance.
  *   Relocating collections at the Ohio History Center and at other Ohio History Connection sites and
documenting location changes.
  *   Working with staff to facilitate other collection-related activities, including exhibit
preparation, educational programs and development.
  *   Communicating with a range of stakeholders, including other Ohio History Connection staff, members of
site-partner organizations, staff at other institutions, and members of the public.
Applicants should possess a Bachelor's degree in museum studies or a related subject or the equivalent in
work experience plus minimum one-year experience in museum registration. Thorough knowledge of
registration methods and policies, as well as current museum collection management and handling
practices, is strongly desired. Knowledge of and experience with automated collection records systems
and database development are also desired.
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Washecka, Barbara J | 24 Oct 18:03 2014
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Re: print records "grouped" as electronic in WorldCat display

Steve McDonald asked for clarification of what WorldCat interface is showing the icon display as electronic:
We go in through First Search which opens the web interface for WorldCat (identifies itself as "Current
database: WorldCat") and then it's set up as the WorldCat advanced search.  For one example, do a title
search for Public insecurity, keyword Human Rights Watch - result will have two sets of records, both with
the icon as an internet resource but the second group is actually print-format records. Another example
would be Staying strong, same keyword - again, two record sets - no. 1 is showing internet resource as the
type and with the icon for internet, 7 member records attached, but is actually print-format cataloging.
The second oneof these also shows internet and the icon and actually is described as "one online resource".
	Does that help or just make the waters muddier?!
		Barbara

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McDonald, Stephen | 24 Oct 17:01 2014
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Re: print records "grouped" as electronic in WorldCat display

Could you please explain what you mean by "records on WorldCat that are grouped with the icon display as
electronic"?  What WorldCat interface is showing these icons?

					Steve McDonald
					steve.mcdonald@...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: AUTOCAT [mailto:AUTOCAT@...] On Behalf Of
> Washecka, Barbara J
> Sent: Friday, October 24, 2014 10:34 AM
> To: AUTOCAT@...
> Subject: print records "grouped" as electronic in WorldCat display
> 
> I've run into this problem several times, especially with Human Rights Watc=
> h reports; at one point, I contacted OCLC for help but nothing was actually=
> resolved. We catalog directly on our local system (III) and bring in recor= ds
> from WorldCat when possible, later FTPing our files to OCLC. I frequentl= y
> encounter records on WorldCat that are grouped with the icon display as e=
> lectronic (with none shown for print) but when I look at the full record, t= he
> catalaoging is purely for the print version, sometimes RDA and sometimes=
> not. I've even opened the attached member records in MARC and they are
> tot= ally cataloged as print format. What I am cataloging is the print format.
> S= hould I code my records as original so that they don't group with the
> elect= ronic, or simply use the existing OCLC record since it is de facto the
> corr= ect/print format? If I (and others) continue to attach print to the
> existin= g "electronic" record, will there ever be a print record showing on
> WorldCa= t? Advice, please!
> 
> Barbara Washecka
> Head of Cataloging
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Washecka, Barbara J | 24 Oct 16:33 2014
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print records "grouped" as electronic in WorldCat display

I've run into this problem several times, especially with Human Rights Watch reports; at one point, I
contacted OCLC for help but nothing was actually resolved. We catalog directly on our local system (III)
and bring in records from WorldCat when possible, later FTPing our files to OCLC. I frequently encounter
records on WorldCat that are grouped with the icon display as electronic (with none shown for print) but
when I look at the full record, the catalaoging is purely for the print version, sometimes RDA and
sometimes not. I've even opened the attached member records in MARC and they are totally cataloged as
print format. What I am cataloging is the print format. Should I code my records as original so that they
don't group with the electronic, or simply use the existing OCLC record since it is de facto the
correct/print format? If I (and others) continue to attach print to the existing "electronic" record,
will there ever be a print record showing on WorldCat? Advice, please!

Barbara Washecka
Head of Cataloging
Tarlton Law Library
Jamail Center for Legal  Research
512-471-0346
bwashecka@...

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Dan Nolting | 24 Oct 16:30 2014
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Re: Open Source Software for small libraries

But if you are on a budget (or have no budget for a server) there are many
free services out there such as: https://www.librarything.com/
http://www.goodreads.com/

On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 3:29 AM, Ghada Dimashk <ghadadimashk@...>
wrote:

> Dear Liba,
> You can use "KOHA", it is considered one of the best open source software.
> http://www.koha.org/
> Best Regards,
> Ghada Dimashk
> Lebanese National Library
> Cataloging Department
>
> On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM, Liba Levicek <levicek@...> wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > does anyone have experience or could recommend a good open source
> > cataloging software for a small church library?
> > The collection is fairly small right now - couple of hundred items, but I
> > am hoping it will grow through donations etc.  Originally I was thinking
> > about using Excel spreadsheets to catalog/organize the materials, however
> > the Open Access week made me think that there could be something in the
> > open source market that could work better.
> >
> > If you do have any experience/knowledge pls. let me know either on or off
> > list.
> >
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Susan Timmons | 24 Oct 16:24 2014

Re: AUTOCAT Digest - 22 Oct 2014 to 23 Oct 2014 (#2014-272)

Wendy,

Whether or not the Metis classification will work may depend on the size of
your collection and the degree to which Metis can be standardized. I try to
document my procedures as thoroughly as possible with the thought that I
could be gone at any time with no notice (budget layoffs, medical emergency
-- both of which have happened to me in the past), so how would my
organization be able to seamlessly continue with cataloging if I suddenly
wasn't here? If your library moved to a new classification system and then
you left, how would you document everything sufficiently so that someone
else could pick it up with no direct training from you? Dewey is more
standardized and has more support for training available, so that's
something to consider.

There's an interesting new review of libraries that switched from Dewey to
the BISAC system - it's available from Cataloging & Classification
Quarterly v.52:no.2:
http://www.catalogingandclassificationquarterly.com/ccq52nr2.html

The article makes the point that some of the initial success of new
cataloging schemes can be attributed to the new signage and publicity that
accompanies such a change, rather than the change itself. Remember you can
always make or buy whole-word signage to make the dewey collection more
user friendly: http://www.demco.com/goto?BLK00168331.  If you think about
how much staff time would be required to switch to Metis, then instead
invested the same amount of staff time sprucing up your existing records,
signage, etc. - perhaps you'd achieve similar gains in making the
collection patron-friendly?

Good luck! Please consider posting back to the list with your decision.
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Rex Dotson | 24 Oct 14:12 2014
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Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant : Call for proposals

*Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant*

* Call for proposals*

Do you have a project that is just waiting for the right funding?  Are you
thinking about ways that libraries can improve services to users?

The American Library Association (ALA) gives an annual grant for those
conducting research that will lead to the improvement of services to
users.  The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant is given to one or more
librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that
could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project aiming to
answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is
national in scope. Among review panel criteria are:

   - The research problem is clearly defined, with a specific question or
   questions that can be answered by collecting data. The applicant(s) clearly
   describe a strategy for data collection whose methods are appropriate to
   the research question(s). A review of the literature, methodologies, etc.
   is not considered research (e.g., methodology review rather than
   application of a methodology) for purposes of the award, except where the
   literature review is the primary method of collecting data.
   - The research question focuses on benefits to library users and should
   be applied and have practical value as opposed to theoretical.
   - The applicant(s) demonstrate ability to undertake and successfully
   complete the project. The application provides evidence sufficient time and
   resources have been allocated to the effort.  Appropriate institutional
   commitment to the project has been secured.
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Liba Levicek | 24 Oct 08:37 2014
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Open Source Software for small libraries

Hello,

does anyone have experience or could recommend a good open source cataloging software for a small church
library?    
The collection is fairly small right now - couple of hundred items, but I am hoping it will grow through
donations etc.  Originally I was thinking about using Excel spreadsheets to catalog/organize the
materials, however the Open Access week made me think that there could be something in the open source
market that could work better.

If you do have any experience/knowledge pls. let me know either on or off list.

Thank you,

Liba

Liba Levicek
levicek@...

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Smith, Jay (LIB | 24 Oct 01:07 2014

Perils of discursive cataloging - typos

Due to the prolixity of transcribed information allowed under RDA, many unfortunate typos are creeping
into records, since inessential details, not anchored to authorized headings, are not checked for accuracy.

In OCLC #857897929 and in an e-book record for the same title, there is a great one.  The first author of The
systems view of life, ISBN 9781107011366, is described in the statement of responsibility as being
"formally of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA."

I'd like to think that a book published by Cambridge University Press would have spelled it "formerly," but
I can't be sure.  Anyway the question of interest is whether this is an accurate transcription of a typo, or
an inaccurate transcription of a correct word.  If it were the latter, I would still be unable to change it in
OCLC without a higher authorization.  Fortunately I am empowered to ruthlessly suppress this lengthy
statement in our own catalog.

Jay Towne Smith
Senior Cataloger
San Francisco Public Library

Jay.Smith@...

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