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Bibliographic Control Alphabet Soup: AACR to RDA and Evolution of MARC



Save the date. There will be a NISO webinar given on Oct. 14 from 1-230 in room 522. Speakers include Diane Hillmann and Barbara Tillett.

Librarians, ILS vendors, and commercial cataloging service providers — as well as a wide variety of related service providers — all know that the proverbial, heavily acronym-spice "bibliographic control alphabet soup" involves the intelligent and well informed use of many ingredients. Chief in these are constantly evolving standards, combined with more than a sprinkling of creativity and insight. Three expert metadata chefs will analyze and discuss specific alphabetic ingredients already in use or soon to be implemented in the bib control kitchen.


Future of MARC

Amy Eklund of Georgia Perimeter College discussed her 2004 research project at the CCS forum, the Future of MARC.  She took over 56 million OCLC records and has been studying them ever since  to see how MARC is used by catalogers.

Project Documentation

R. David Lankes Webcast

As discussed at the 1st ALA reporting session. Webcast Abstract: When a book becomes an ebook it looses more than simply its physical binding – it looses hard boundaries that separate the content of the book from its use. Online journals are not simply pictures of a traditional journal on a screen, but rather the foundations of intellectual communities. While today we hold on to terms such as book, journal, magazine and simply affix “e” to them, in truth, these terms of simply metaphors, an echo of an earlier analog reality. Online narratives, theses, and “how-to’s” become living documents bound closer to a multitude of contexts that defy traditional notions of information organization, already strained to the breaking point of scale. What is needed is a new approach to organizing knowledge, one based on context that occurs in the space between artifacts.