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Break On through to the Other Side: The Library and Linked Data

Some of you may be interested in my recently published article on libraries and linked data, “Break On Through to the Other Side: The Library and Linked Data” (TALL Quarterly, v. 30 no. 1 (Spring 2011)). Many thanks to Susan Barker at the Toronto Association of Law Libraries for her assistance and support and to York colleague Timothy Bristow who has done a fantastic job with the layout (You won’t see that here however because this is the preprint :-) )

Here’s the abstract:

This article discusses the barriers that exist between our bibliographic data and other data available on the World Wide Web. The isolation of this bibliographic data is a problem that impacts on the successful integration of the library catalogue into the potential semantic Web of the future. It will look at two available data models for bibliographic data and introduces the Resource Description Framework (RDF) which has emerged as the preferred data model for enabling linked data on the Web. The article concludes with a brief look at some current activities related to linked data that are occurring as part of the development of Resource Description and Access (RDA).

RDA vs. AACR Some Examples

These examples were posted to the AutoCat list yesterday by J. McRee Elrod. They are taken from a workshop given at the 2009 Texas Library Association Conference called Nuts & Bolts of RDA. I believe this was delivered by Dr. Barbara B. Tillett and these are the presentation slides.

Definitely worth a look and helps highlight some of the differences to expect between the two approaches. Mac and others provide their comments on the list as well.

Cooperative Cataloging Rules and RDA Implementation

Interesting initiative providing a potential alternative to the ‘controversial’ RDA implementation.  James Weinheimer, Director of Library and Information Services at the American University of Rome, has proposed the development of the Cooperative Cataloging Rules which will essentially grow out of the Library of Congress Rules Interpretations (LCRI).  The questions raised in yesterdays official announcement are excellent and would have been a welcome way to start the development of RDA had that process been more inclusive from the start.

Weinheimer states that many libraries will not be in a position to implement RDA and hopes that this cooperative effort can lead to improved bibliographic control sans RDA.  A wiki has been set up with this request:

The “Cooperative Cataloging Rules” is now available at We want to announce its existence and to put out a general request for professional metadata creators to participate. The site has two primary purposes: 1) to offer a serious alternative to RDA and 2) to offer a place for sharing bibliographic concepts within the general metadata community.

The reasoning behind this initiative is certainly sound but the timing may not be that great. Definitely worth consideration though and there is a thread underway at the NGC4LIB discussion list that likely prove to be excellent reading. What’s happening with RDA anyway? Short of a call for implementation survey participants there has been little dsicussion or progress updates …

Technical Services Renovation Blog

The technical services renovation working committee has created a blog to communicate information to all involved in the relocation of technical services to the first floor of the Scott Library. The following is a link to the 1st Floor Renovation Central blog ( This blog includes floor plans, resource documents and working committee meeting minutes. Posting can also be accessed using the following RSS feed ( We welcome any comments you may have in regards to this move.

New “Next Generation” Catalogue for McMaster

McMaster University Libraries has just announced they will be moving to the Endeca platform for their catalogue. Their new interface will be launched in January 2007. Read the McMaster press release here. McMaster will become the first university in Canada to choose Endeca. Endeca is the company that supports the North Carolina State University Library catalogue. The Endeca interface follows many of the principles espoused by the Next Generation Catalogue “theory”, being highly browsable by making use of facets and also offering suggestions for alternate searches. This announcement has been paired with the opening of their new ‘Learning Commons‘. A very interesting development!

Cataloging Electronic Resources

Cataloging Electronic Resources: OCLC-MARC Coding Guidelines has been extensively revised to reflect the full implementation of Bibliographic Level “i” for Integrating Resources, revisions in AACR2 practices, and removal of outdated information. This revised set of guidelines is intended to assist catalogers in creating records for electronic resources in WorldCat. These guidelines pertain to OCLC-MARC tagging (that is, content designation).