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First Report from the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative

The Library of Congress has released, Bibliographic Framework as a Web of Data: Linked Data Model and Supporting Services, the first report based on the work of the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative.  For those of you who may not be following this initiative it’s the beginning of the “effort to translate MARC 21 to a Linked Data (LD) model.”

I thought this comment about RDA and FRBR was noteworthy:

The RDA and FRBR efforts have been one of the key contributions in re-focusing cataloging efforts from ‘strings to things’ and in providing a set of base line functional requirements for supporting the future of cataloging. The holistic approach to retrieval and access as defined by the FRBR work has been a guiding principal to the model proposed in this document.”

The report is relatively short and gives a good overview of the current state of cataloguing complete with some thoughts on how we might start thinking about a linked data future.

Revisions to 'Provider-Neutral E-Monograph MARC Record Guide' and the 'MARC Record Guide for Monograph Aggregator Vendors'

Yael Mandelstam, Head of Cataloging at the Fordham University School of Law, has noted that the revised versions of the Provider-Neutral E-Monograph MARC Record Guide and the MARC Record Guide for Monograph Aggregator Vendors posted to the Library of Congress website. Yael highlights the following changes made to correspond with the BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) and other revisions reflect changes to the MARC format:

  • 008/23: use code “o”
  • 246: language changed to “Retain from source record or record provider-specific title variants if deemed important.” Also, explanatory notes are now optional, e.g.,
    246 1_ $i Available from some providers with title: $a [title]
    246 1_ $a [title]
  • Use 500 for Source of Title note and 588 for Description Based On note
  • 538: changed P-N guide to “… make a Mode of access note only if the resource is accessed by means other than the World Wide Web”
  • New FAQ 15 (P-N guide only): Should the provider-neutral record be used for resources that must be downloaded and accessed via e-readers or other electronic devices?

    Since the provider-neutral record focuses on the content of a resource rather than on its specific digital format, it should be used to describe any e-monograph that is either accessed directly online or is available online for downloading. URLs linking to free downloads of the resource from non-commercial sites (e.g., or may be included in the master record, but do not provide URLs for downloads via commercial sites (e.g., or Vendor-specific information about access restrictions, transmitting technologies, reading devices, etc. should be kept out of the OCLC master record but may be recorded locally in holdings or bibliographic records.

From the AALL TS-SIS discussion list 21Sep2010.

Worldwide review of ISBD

The IFLA ISBD Review Group has posted a draft of the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) for review by interested parties in the global cataloguing community. This draft is issued “more than two years since the publication of the ISBD preliminary consolidated edition, 2007.”

This draft takes into account suggestions received from the previous worldwide review of the preliminary consolidated edition that were not resolved at that time as well as many other issues.”

Comments and suggestions can be sent to Elena Escolano Rodríguez at elena.escolano [at] and also to John Hostage at hostage [at]

Technical Services: Past, Present, Future

This panel presentation is from the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference held earlier this year. Technical Services: Past, Present, Future brought Michael Gorman, Janet Swan Hill and Arlene Taylor together to share their views and answer questions. What a great group of speakers!

In her introductory remarks Karen Snow says,

“… this session, the discussion will be about past cataloging rules. The transition between cataloging rules, implementation, and we thought we’d put together panelists who would have a unique perspective on that, and I think we succeeded.”

The following questions were given to the speakers to help guide their comments:

  • Where were you working? What were you doing during the transition between the ALA‐LC cataloging rules and AACR1, and/or the transition between AACR1 and AACR2?
  • What worked well during this transition?
  • What are some of the mistakes that cataloging/technical services should avoid in the transition from AACR2 to RDA?

There are recordings for the introductory remarks, each speaker and the question and answer session that follows. If you prefer to read a transcript is also available. Thanks to Becky Yoose for the heads up!

Great RDA Presentation!

Lynne Legrow is a cataloguer at the Halifax Public Library and she delivered a wonderful presentation last week to a group of Library Information Technology students at the Nova Scotia Community College. RDA is On the Way provides a very nice overview of RDA (Resource Description and Access) the new cataloguing rules that will update and replace the AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules).

For more information please see my post on the KF Modified Blog.

Cataloguing Presentations from ALA Midwinter 2010

The Cataloging Management Interest Group presentations from ALA Midwinter 2010 are now available via ALA Connect.

Two U.S. Academic Libraries Announce SkyRiver Implementations

Interesting news reported in Marshall Breeding’s Library Technology Guides:

Two Academic Libraries Announce SkyRiver Implementations

Two well-established academic libraries, Michigan State University and California State University, Long Beach are the first libraries to publicly announce that they are fully operational using SkyRiver as their exclusive cataloging service. Both libraries are looking to SkyRiver to substantially reduce the costs associated with cataloging. Michigan State University is SkyRiver’s first ARL development partner.”

Terry Reese on a forgotten MarcEdit subfield editing function

Terry Reese, the developer of MarcEdit, gave a presentation and hosted a Q&A at the recent American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) conference in Washington, D.C.  It was great to hear him speak about his “magic wand for MARC records“.

One of the questions raised at the Q&A session dealt with moving data from one field and replacing it with another.  The example was moving the date from 260 subfield ‘c’ to 008/07-14Terry blogged about this and describes the procedure at Terry’s Worklog.

This “sadly not documented” feature should prove to be a very useful MarcEdit function.  Thanks Terry!

Cataloging Back to the Future: FRBR & RDA

Cataloging Back to the Future: FRBR & RDA is a presentation given by Dr. Robert O. Ellett, who is a lecturer at the School of Library & Information Science, San Jose State University and a Catalog Librarian at the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA. It was given at the American Library Association ALCTS Preconference held in Chicago, on Thursday, July 9th, 2009.

The other presentations focus on “practical information on the descriptive cataloging of digital media” which may also be of interest to some.