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Connexion Client upgrade 2.50

Connexion Client will be upgraded by LITO on cataloger terminals in the coming days. This is a required upgrade.

Version 2.50 includes the following enhancements which will be detailed in a forthcoming recording:

  • Armenian, Ethiopic and Syriac scripts are now supported.
  • New RDA authority workforms for Family and Name Title have been implemented.
  • New authority indexes Cataloging Source, Descriptive Conventions, Keyword, and Notes available for searching via the Keyword/Numeric Search drop down lists; these were previously only available via command line searching.
  • GenerateAuthorityRecord macro updated to fully recognize the 264 field.
  • GenerateERecord macro updated to better handle Unicode characters.
  • Help, Useful Web Links list updated to link to OCLC-MARC Records documentation.

Judeo-Arabic romanization table

A new ALA/LC romanization table has been approved for Judeo-Arabic (Arabic written in Hebrew script).  For the first time in ALA/LC romanization of languages written in Hebrew or Arabic script, it’s strictly letter-by-letter and does not instruct the cataloger to “supply” unwritten short vowels.  So the results will look very different from what we’re used to seeing in other Hebrew or Arabic records: כוואכב (which would be كوكب in Arabic script) will be romanized kwwʼkb, not kawkab. Note 2 in the table gives the justification for this decision.  It will be interesting to see if this approach is the beginning of a new trend.

NYTSL 2011 Spring Program

New York Technical Services Librarians 2011 Spring Program


Wednesday, May 18, 2011
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.


The Auditorium in the Celeste Bartos Education Center at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & Forty-Second Street New York, NY


Reception from 5:30-6:30
NYTSL Meeting 6:30-6:40

Program “NYTSL : in an RDA State of Mind” 6:40-8:00


Everett Allgood — Serials Cataloger @ New York University Libraries

Kate Harcourt — Director, Original and Special Materials Cataloging @Columbia University Libraries

Elizabeth O’Keefe — Director of Collection Information Systems @ The Morgan Library & Museum

Sherman Clarke — Freelance and itinerant art cataloger, Alfred, NY.

**Please help us out to ensure a great program: if you have any questions you would like to see addressed in the presentations or used as follow-up questions please forward them to and we will share them with the speakers to help structure the program.

Registration details will follow soon.

NYTSL Spring Reception April 1, 2011

NYTSL Spring Reception

New York Technical Services Librarians Annual Reception for Librarians, Information Professionals and Library School Students

Friday, April 1, 2011
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.


New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Trustees Room (206)

Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

This is an opportunity for librarians, archivists, and information professionals from the metropolitan area to meet informally. It is also a chance for library school students to learn about the various professional organizations in the metropolitan area and to meet future colleagues and employers.

Please RSVP to Kate Adler, NYTSL Secretary, by Friday, March 25, 2011 at

Wine & Cheese will be served.

You are welcome to bring announcements of professional opportunities to the reception.

More details will follow soon.
Evalyn Stone, NYTSL President

New OCLC Research report published

The report “Cloud-sourcing research collections: Managing print in the mass-digitized library environment” was just published.

From the news announcement:

“The objective of the project was to examine the feasibility of outsourcing management of low-use print books held in academic libraries to shared service providers, including large-scale print and digital repositories. The study assessed the opportunity for library space saving and cost avoidance through the systematic and intentional outsourcing of local management operations for digitized books to shared service providers and progressive downsizing of local print collections in favor of negotiated access to the digitized corpus and regionally consolidated print inventory.”

ReCAP Update for TNIS

On April 29, 2010, CUL’s ReCAP Coordinator presented information and statistics concerning recent ReCAP projects: ReCAPupdate.ppt

Short summary of how ReCAP systems do (and don’t) work, followed by a summary of recent projects.  Findings indicate that English-language monographs published since 1990 have a much higher retrieval rate.

For more, general information about ReCAP, please see the CUL staff-side website:

NYTSL Spring Program–Registration now open

Dear colleagues and friends,

Please join us for:

New York Technical Services Librarians
Spring Meeting & Program
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Online registration is now open!

Space is limited so please register early. Registration
deadline: Friday, May 14, 2010.

TOPIC: Communities of Interest : A New Model for
Institutional Repositories

SPEAKER: Kate Wittenberg

As Project Director, Client and Partnership Development at
Ithaka, Kate focuses on building partnerships among
scholars, publishers, libraries, technology providers, and
societies with an interest in promoting the development of
digital scholarship and building and sustaining innovative
initiatives. Before coming to Ithaka, Kate was the Director
of EPIC (the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia) a
pioneering initiative in digital publishing, and a model
partnership for libraries, presses, and academic IT
departments. Some of the ventures produced by EPIC include
CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online), Gutenberg-E (a
reinvention of the monograph as an electronic work), and
Jazz Studies Online.


South Court Auditorium
NYPL Humanities & Social Sciences Library
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, N.Y. 10018

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Refreshments, 5:00-6:00 PM

Meeting & Program, 6:00-8:00 PM


NYTSL now offers PayPal as a preferred payment method.
Please go to for more information.
Mail-in registration forms are also available on the website.

Program (Members): $15.00

Program + Membership (Non-members and renewals), Sept.
2009-Aug. 2010 Academic Year: $20.00

Program only (Non-members): $25.00

For questions about membership status, please contact Lisa

NYTSL Spring Program

Please save the date: May 19, 2010, for the NYTSL Spring Meeting and Program.

TOPIC: Communities of Interest : A New Model for Institutional Repositories

SPEAKER: Kate Wittenberg, Project Director, Client and Partnership Development at Ithaka

WHERE  and WHEN:  NYPL’s South Court Auditorium, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street; 5-6 pm, refreshments; 6-8 Meeting and Program

Details will follow shortly.