Centralized indexes for discovery services seems to be the new fad. Beginning with Summon from Serials Solutions and followed by EBSCO Discovery Service, Primo Central from Ex Libris and OCLC’s WorldCat Local, these services depend on massive indexes populated with content representing each component of a library’s collection.
The Working Group of the Future of Bibliographic Control wrote that the Library community’s data carrier, MARC, is “based on forty-year-old techniques for data management and is out of step with programming styles of today.” This interesting information comes from News & Announcements on the Library of Congress site in the post titled, “A Bibliographic Framework for the Digital Age.”
A team of librarians from regional branches of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine have come to the Radiology Society of North America’s (RNSA) annual conference in Chicago to host educational sessions on helping clinicians easily find reference material. This has taken place for fifteen years and that continues for RNSA 2011 next month.
Those in the “biz” have been fully aware of the gradual demise of the traditional librarian in our industry. Traditional roles as reference clerks and human cataloging machines are slowly disappearing or morphing into digital knowledge experts. KM World brought this topic to our attention in their article, “The Future of the The Future: The [...]
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has acquired the database, Ergonomics Abstracts™. The database focuses on ergonomics and human factors and provides indexing for eBooks, journal articles and reference works in a variety of fields that will be of value to academic libraries and research institutes.
TEMIS was awarded the contract by the National Agricultural Library (NAL) to automatically index hundreds of thousands of documents annually. NAL has acquired via TEMIS an automated indexing software that expands their indexing potential.
Amazon is apparently in talks to launch a digital-books library run on the same premise as Netflix. For an annual fee, readers can read themselves silly on e-books of their choosing. There are no details available as to how advanced this process has moved, but it does make us wonder about the impact on brick and mortar libraries.
In a blog post last week, I discussed Robert Darnton’s recently published article in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “The Chronicle Review”, where Mr. Darnton identified and debunked, “5 Myths About the Information Age.” The first myth he debunked was the notion that the book is dead. Not only is the book not dead, it is thriving. I commented on the relationship between the printed page and how it can be supported by digital content and vice versa. One can drive greater usage of the other, if the digital content is effectively designed.
The three U.S. national libraries — the Library of Congress (LC), the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have announced that they will adopt, with certain conditions, the Resource Description and Access (RDA) cataloging code.
SkyRiver has been chosen by the University of California Davis Mabie Law Library, in Emeryville, CA for its cataloging services.