Thursday, January 28, 2010

DDC 23

From Libbie Crawford, Product Manager of Dewey Decimal Classification via AUTOCAT:

Just to let you know, we are planning a print version of DDC 23 to be released in 2011 with the Abridged 15 edition to be released shortly after DDC 23 is released.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

RDA and cell(ular) (tele)phones

During the ALA Midwinter conference, pricing for the new cataloging standard, RDA, was announced. RDA will be online only, although any library that purchaces a license can print copies of its pages.

The price is $325 per year for one user (or many users, just one at a time). The license for additional concurrent users is $55/user. Nothing has been said about a price for library schools although the question has been asked on AUTOCAT along with LOTS of discussion on the cost and how difficult it will be for smaller libraries to afford.

Also posted on AUTOCAT recently was the list of Library of Congress Subject Headings changes. The last week in December, LC made 40 changes including changing all instances of Cellular telephone to Cell phone (Cellular telephone calls now Cell phone calls; Cellular telephones and traffic accidents now Cell phones and traffic accidents).

This switch to the common usage took a lot less time than it did with Airplanes - which were officially (according to LC) Aeroplanes until sometime in the 1980s.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Technical Services Books

Yesterday I received a catalog from Neal-Schuman publishers and saw they have several new books in the subject area "Cataloging & Classification". I generally find N-S publications very helpful. Too bad we won't be purchasing any of these titles for the CMRLS professional collection because I'm really interested in reading a couple of them myself. Perhaps the new Regional Library will buy some or all of these books when it becomes an official organization after June 30.

In the meantime, you might want one or more for your own collection.

Cataloging Nonbook, Electronic, Web, and Networked Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual and CD-ROM for Librarians / by Mary Beth Weber and Fay Austin.

Cataloging Outside the Box: A Practical Guide to Cataloging Special Collections Materials / by Patricia Falk a;nd Stefanie Dennis Hunker.

Implementing FRBR in Libraries: Key Issues and Future Directions / by Yin Zhang and Athena Salaba.

Practical Cataloging: AACR, RDA, and MARC21 / by Anne Welsh and Sue Batley.

Essential Library of Congress Subject Headings / by Vanda Broughton.

Several related titles:
Digital Curation: A How-To-Do-It Manual / by Ross Harvey.

Web 2.0 Tools and Strategies for Archives and Local History Collections / by Kate Theimer

Archives: Principles and Practices / by Laura A. Millar.

Community Archives: The Shaping of Memory / edited by Jeannette A. Bastian and Ben Alexander.

Starting, Strengthening and Managing Institutional Repositories: A How-To-Do-It Manual / by Jonathan Nabe.

Management Skills for Archivists and Records Managers / by Elizabeth Shepherd and Karen Anderson.

Managing Electronic Records /by William Saffady - 4th ed.

Future of Archives and Recordkeeping: A Reader / edited by Jennie Hill

Monday, January 4, 2010

NETSL Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services

It's been very widely publicized, but just in case ...

New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) Executive Board is seeking nominations for its annual NETSL Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services.

The NETSL Award recognizes and honors significant New England-based contributions to the field of library technical services. Contributions may have been made in New England by librarians from throughout the United States, or nationally by librarians residing in New England, through publications, service, or innovations in practice. The NETSL Executive Board members select a recipient at their February meeting based on nominations received. The Board reserves the right to suspend the Award for a year if no suitable candidate is nominated.

The next NETSL Award will be presented at the NETSL Annual Spring Conference 2010: Crosswalks to the Future, April 15, 2010, at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Eligibility for nomination is as follows:
Nominees may be NETSL/NELA members, but membership in the Association is not a requirement.
A nomination must be accompanied by a written statement that includes the rationale for nomination and, if a resume of the nominee is not appended, a narrative summary of the nominee's career and achievements. Provision of a resume is strongly recommended.
Nominations may be made by NETSL members, or by non-members.
Nominations and statement(s) must be received by the NETSL Vice-President no later than Friday, February 5, 2010.
Current members of the NETSL Executive Board are not eligible for consideration.
Nominees shall have made contributions to library technical services in one or more of the following areas:
Leadership in professional associations at local, state, regional or national level
Contributions or innovations in technical services
Significant contributions to professional literature
Conduct of studies or research in technical services

Past Recipients include:
Lynda Kresge, Birdie MacLennan, Dr. Sheila Intner, Robert L. Cunningham, Matthew Beacom, Catherine Willis, Lisa Palmer, David Miller, and Martha Rice Sanders.

Please send nominations and inquiries to:
Amira Aaron
NETSL Vice-President/President-Elect
781-248-1806 (cell)

NETSL is a section of the New England Library Association and is affiliated with the ALCTS Council of Regional Groups. For more information on NETSL, visit our website at: