Monday, July 27, 2015

LC makes BIBFRAME training materials available

In preparation for its much-anticipated BIBFRAME cataloging pilot project, the Library of Congress has developed training materials for staff involved in the pilot, and made the first of three modules available online at http://www.loc.gov/catworkshop/bibframe/. Module one is divided into two sets of slides, plus supplementary reading/viewing assignments and brief quizzes. The training materials are designed for experienced catalogers and do not assume prior knowledge of linked data concepts.

The first set of slides provides a brief introduction to the concepts behind the Sematic Web and linked data, and the evolution of the World Wide Web from a web of documents to a web of data. It explains the need to move bibliographic data out of its MARC silo and onto the Semantic Web.

The second set of slides delves into the principles underlying RDF (Resource Description Framework), the “language of the Web.” Detailed, clearly presented examples of RDF triples provide a concrete visualization of what bibliographic data structured in RDF looks like.

Although I found a number of typos in the slides (I AM a cataloger, after all!), I found the training materials very helpful in confirming and deepening my knowledge of linked data and the Semantic Web. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Conversations about RDA

LJ INFOdocket reports that the Library of Congress has released an new series of training videos, "Conversations about RDA".   Topics include:
  • Compare and contrast: AACR2 and RDA in the bibliographic record
  • Undifferentiated personal name headings
  • Cataloger judgement and statement of responsibility
  • Capitalization, abbreviations & numbers
  • Exercising judgment in the statement of responsiblity
The videos average 20 minutes and provide focused looks at a topical areas. The videos are linked from the Library of Congress Webcast page within the Science and Technology category.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Contest has a winner




After a tightly contested race, the people have spoken. The contest to rename the OBS/TS-SIS Joint Research Grant closed on June 5, and the winner is OBS/TS FROG (Funding Research Opportunities Grant).

The winning entry was proposed by Karen Selden, who received an Amazon gift card for her efforts. The gifts of free SIS memberships, names drawn from the list of entrants, go to Calmer Chattoo (TS) and Kristina Alayan (OBS). With a hefty level of participation -- 50 proposed new names and 116 votes -- we are gratified that the grant has achieved some notoriety (Funding Research Opportunities Grant).

Please consider what you could do with a technical services research grant - no amount is too small and applications are considered on a rolling basis. More information and an application are available here!
http://www.aallnet.org/sections/obs/documents/research/researchinfo.html

Thanks again to all those who proposed new names and to all those who voted!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program

The Federal Depository Library Program conducted a successful pilot of their FLDP Coordinator Certificate Program during the spring of 2015. This FLDP Academy virtual program is designed to educate FDLP coordinators on managing depository collections in compliance with the program requirements of the FDLP.

A webinar, FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program: Successful Flight of the Pilot, was presented and recorded Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The recording is available for viewing via the FDLP Academy Webinars and Webcasts page.

Sign-ups for two initial training cohorts have been announced. The fall 2015 FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program will run from October – December 2015, with weekly sessions scheduled for either Wednesdays or Thursdays. Participants must be available to attend all sessions of their cohort and complete all assignments and assessments to earn a certificate. The program is free, but registration is required and space is limited.

The FDLP plans to make recordings of the training materials presented available as webcasts via the FDLP Academy webcast site for depository personnel interested in selected topics, or not able to attend the full training sequence




Monday, June 15, 2015

Zepheira announces Libhub Initiative Early Adopter Program for academic libraries

Zepheira provides better Web visibility to libraries through Linked Data, and now offers a new program for academic libraries to reveal their resources and collections to the Web. The program builds on the successful Libhub Initiative Early Adopter Public Library Program launch with its Founding 12 Partners.

From Library Technology Guides,  http://librarytechnology.org/repository/item.pl?id=20689 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Final vote - Name that grant contest



Please cast your vote in the NAME THAT GRANT CONTEST final vote at:


Posted on behalf of,
Frederick Chan
Member of OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Committee

Friday, May 22, 2015

Open Access Journals

Open access publications can be viewed as a partial way to ease library serial budget woes. There are many high quality open access publications, but predatory open-access publishers present a continuing issue. Predatory open access journals are defined as journals that exist for the sole purpose of profit. They can misrepresent their review process/board, location and/or affiliations.

Jeffery Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado-Denver, maintains a blacklist of predatory publishers ("Beall's List").  The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) maintains a "white-list" of OA journals meeting base line criteria, such as being chiefly scholarly, providing quality control through an editor, editorial board or peer review, and having a registered ISSN. Another organization maintaining a white-list is the Open Access Scholarly Publisher's Association. Publishers must apply and pledge to adhere to a code of conduct to become members.

As librarians, we can take an advisory role, assisting our patrons as they navigate the OA landscape.

The following articles provide a more detailed, but still quick, overview of the issues surrounding OA publishing.


Berger, Monica and Cirasella, Jill, Beyond Beall's list: better understanding predatory publishers. College and research libraries news 76, no. 3 (March 2015)

Directory of Open Access Journals introduces new standards to help community address quality concerns. SPARC blog, March 5, 2015

Heller, Margaret, Educating your campus about predatory publishers. ACRL TechConnect, April 13, 2013