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UC Davis library to lead transformation of cataloging

UC Davis library to lead transformation of cataloging | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The University of California, Davis, will lead the way for research libraries to transform how they catalog their collections to improve how online researchers can find and use them, thanks to a half-million dollar grant.

UC Davis will work with other national and international institutions involved in library software, standards and practices to provide a route that, like GPS directions, can be recalculated or continuously updated as new data models, standards, workflows and practices evolve. The partner organizations include the Library of Congress, the OCLC global library network, the National Information Standards Organization, Kuali OLE and development partner Zepheira Inc., based in Dublin, Ohio.

 

The project would investigate the entire library operation from initial acquisition or licensing, through cataloging, processing, and digitization, and on to indexing and visualization of the data for search and resource discovery on the Web.

 

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This project has the potential to make a real difference in how libraries approach bibliographic control.  Read more here:

http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10752

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Cataloging Then, Now, and Tomorrow

Cataloging Then, Now, and Tomorrow | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Just as the function of libraries and the role of librarians are not the same as they used to be, the same is true of cataloging and catalogers. The Cataloging Annual Report 2010–2011 listed three trends in the changing landscape of cataloging: the increasing reliance on vendor-supplied records and services, the explosion of electronic resources, and the growing interrelatedness of local library catalogs with systems outside the library.

 

There’s no question that the art of cataloging and the role of its practitioners are evolving. Where specialization is preferred, catalogers remain steadfastly the guardians of library catalogs to ensure their accuracy, currency, comprehensiveness, and user-friendliness.

 

Read more:  http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/06192012/cataloging-then-now-and-tomorrow

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CollectiveAccess - The Open Source Collections Management and Cataloguing System for Museums and Archives

CollectiveAccess - The Open Source Collections Management and Cataloguing System for Museums and Archives | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

CollectiveAccess is a highly configurable cataloguing tool and web-based application for museums, archives and digital collections. Available free of charge under the GPL open-source license, it requires little to no custom programming to support a variety of metadata standards, external data sources and repositories, as well as most popular media formats. In addition to multilingual cataloguing facilities, it allows publication of this data in the languages of your choice.

 

Current users include representatives from a wide range of fields: fine art, anthropology, film, oral history, local history, architecture, material culture, biodiversity conservation, libraries, corporate archives, digital asset management, and many more. This community of partners has contributed funding, planning and software development resources, resulting in a series of specialist features.

 

CollectiveAccess can handle a long list of digital media formats, including many popular image, video, audio and document formats. All accepted formats can be automatically re-sized, watermarked and converted to web-viewable formats using criteria you define. Multi-page documents can be conveniently viewed on the web, regardless of original format, using a standards-based page-viewing interface.

 

Take a tour here:  http://collectiveaccess.org/tour

 

Download the QuickStart packages intended for single-user evaluation only, or, to use CollectiveAccess for a real project,  install the standard application packages on appropriate server hardware.


 

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Resource Description and Access (RDA): An Introduction for Reference Librarians – RUSQ

Resource Description and Access (RDA): An Introduction for Reference Librarians – RUSQ | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This article on RDA, one geared to the noncataloger, will help reference librarians understand why RDA was developed, what differences they will see, and how RDA contributes to a new world of library information.

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