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The Bib Blog has a new home!

As you can see the Bib Blog has new digs. Check out our new home here at York!

Why the change?

  • We’ve moved the blog over to a locally hosted server, this means all our blog content is here at York
  • We have greater control over the way the blog looks (notice that York red!)
  • We can now add categories which should make looking for content easier
  • The new blog software adds some additional functionality

If you were subscribing to the old blog via the RSS feed please make sure you update the feed address.

Any comments or questions about the new look? Add them below!

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YUL Technical Services Training

The York Universities Cataloguing Committee has been working on putting together cataloguing training materials. Marcia has put together a great document listing numerous cataloguing and metadata training resources. Please have a look!

There are a huge number of cataloguing resources out there on the web. The Library of Congress has a great clearinghouse of cataloguing training resources called Cataloger’s Learning Workshop. There are hundreds of workshops, training resources, etc. from a variety of sources.

New 13 digit ISBN numbers in cataloguing copy

You will no doubt have noticed in copy that ISBN numbers are changing from 10 to 13 digits. By January 2007 all publishers should have switched. In the interim period, you may see both types of ISBN numbers in copy. Here are the procedures to follow:

If the copy has two ISBNs each in a 020 then leave it as is.

If the copy has two ISBNs and the 13 digit ISBN is in an 024 tag instead of an 020 tag then modify the 024 by changing it to an 020 tag and make it the first 020 tag in the record

A cataloguing memo with more details and examples will follow and at the January Bib Services Department meeting there will be a cataloguing minibyte on the same topic.

Procedures for treatment of the13 digit ISBN in original cataloguing will follow.

Please see Heather if you have any questions.

Getting news delivered to your desktop–or Feeds

Feeds (sometimes known as RSS Feeds) allow internet content providers to “push” new information to users that subscriber to their feed. These services are most often offered by news sources (like BBC, CNN and even the York Library News) and blogs (like yorkbibblog). Users “subscribe” to feeds either through a feed reader (or aggregator) or by using an email application or browser that features this service. Which format you use all depends on what your preference. When new content is published at the “source” this new content is then pushed out to the subscriber. The yorkbibblog has a live feed and by subscribing to the feed you would be automatically alerted when there is new content without having to check and without having to check. Feeds are great because new content comes to you!

Marcia uses Feedreader to subscribe to different feeds (another option is Bloglines). Stacy uses the feedreader within Mozilla’s Thunderbird email application. If you are interested in setting up either a news aggregator like Feedreader or Bloglines, or subscribing to feeds through your email application please speak to Stacy or Marcia.