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December 11, 2017

Problem Cataloger

The Prentice-Hall Model letter desk book : ready-to-use letters...

The Prentice-Hall Model letter desk book : ready-to-use letters for every occasion. (OCLC #11252172)

This volume has a note in its front matter indicating its relationship to another work, which has been recorded in a note:

500 __ ǂa "Reprinted from Secretary's standard reference manual and guide."--Page 2.

and as an access point:

700 1_ ǂa De Vries, Mary Ann. ǂt Secretary's standard reference manual and guide.

This volume is 64 pages long, where “Secretary’s standard…” is 307 pages long, so this is likely an excerpt of only the parts about letter-writing. So which relationship designator to use?

December 11, 2017 02:28 PM

December 09, 2017

Terry's Worklog

The MarcEdit 7 Song

MarcEdit 7 represents the next generation of the MarcEdit software. And aside from having new features, new options, and better performance – MarcEdit 7 also has its own song. Yes, Jeff Edmunds, a writer and creator of many cataloging songs (which I can’t seem to find on YouTube any longer – which is definitely a shame). I’d asked Jeff at one point why MarcEdit didn’t have a song, so he wrote one. Seriously though, as faculty, researchers, librarians – we sometimes take the work that we do a little too seriously. I like to periodically remind myself that not only am I fortunate to have the opportunity to have a position that affords me the opportunity to do research and contribute to a vibrant community; I have a lot of a fun doing it. And so, like all serious software releases, I present to you, the MarcEdit 7 song introducing MarcEdit 7.

Welcome to MarcEdit 7 — the MarcEdit Song



by reeset at December 09, 2017 07:44 PM

December 08, 2017

Problem Cataloger

Home energy : products & ideas. (OCLC #10016922) I picked...

Home energy : products & ideas. (OCLC #10016922)

I picked this catalog out of the pile of gifts, certain that it would need original cataloging, as most individual issues of serials seem to.

Lucky Friday though…I found a record! GZF (L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library) had already created a record for this particular issue!

500 __ ǂa Vol. 1, no. 2 (1983-84)--of Home energy
    (ISSN 0739-5469).

Yay for cooperative cataloging!

December 08, 2017 07:40 PM

December 05, 2017


Dr. Carla D. Hayden on the need for constant change in libraries


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit my hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, for our inaugural meeting of the Americas Regional Council. Nearly 200 attendees from 120 institutions and 36 US states came together to discuss technology trends in libraries.

It seems that everything is changing at a rapid clip. Even our vacuums are texting us and our fitness regimens have become virtual. Not a day goes by when we don’t read about developments that will rock our world—from flying cars to containers that sense they’re nearing empty and order a refill.

Our conference attendees discussed the impact of these changes in society and specifically on libraries. Dr. Carla D. Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress for the United States, opened our conference with an inspiring keynote. If you know Dr. Hayden, you know that I was in the unfortunate situation of having to follow her on the stage.

It was after our presentations that we had a chance to speak about the impact of change on our organizations.

Dr. Hayden and I spoke briefly about all of the changes in libraries.

In this brief video, we discuss:

  • the need for constant change in libraries today,
  • “pinch-me moments” in libraries,
  • libraries’ roles in society, and how they are more relevant than ever before,
  • the most crucial skills NOT being taught in library school,
  • the importance of having a support network, and
  • the value of partnerships and collaboration.

I hope you enjoy hearing Dr. Hayden’s thoughts on these topics as much as I did.

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by Skip Prichard at December 05, 2017 04:20 PM

December 04, 2017

TSLL TechScans (Technical Services Law Librarians)

Negotiating with Vendors

As I begin to dive into acquisitions and vendor relations, a recent article in Online Searcher appears to be well-timed and of potential benefit to others facing negotiations with vendors (see Michael L. Gruenberg, Five Key Questions for Negotiators to Ask, Online Searcher, Nov.-Dec. 2017, 44-47). In this article, Michael L. Gruenberg discusses key questions librarians repeatedly asked while he was promoting his book Buying and Selling Information. These topics are things we should, as negotiators for our institutions, be addressing with our sales representatives and vendors.

The questions Gruenberg addresses in this article:
  1. Should you ask for, and expect, a price sheet from your sales rep?
  2. Can the vendor defend the price?
  3. Can a library request a different representative be assigned?
  4. What is the standard renewal rate?
  5. Do I really need to create a negotiation plan?

If you’ve taken a Negotiations course in college or law school, you probably already know the answer to #5…

Gruenberg has some useful insight from his background in sales that can benefit us as negotiators for our organizations.

by (Jason LeMay) at December 04, 2017 12:00 PM

December 01, 2017

TSLL TechScans (Technical Services Law Librarians)

2017 DLF Forum and NDSA Digital Preservation

In October, I attended the 2017 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Digital Preservationconference for the first time. The core theme of the 2017 Digital Preservation conference is “Preservation is Political” but both events touch on the preservation of cultural heritage material and digital information through political changes and across boundaries.

Jason Eiseman wrote an excellent blog post on both affiliated events for the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) blog so I will not provide another recap here. If you are also interested in viewing recordings, slides, notes, and photos from the events, in addition to keeping up with the latest Forum newsletter, the DLF has posted links to these resources in its November 22, 2017 Blog and News post, DLF Forum Recap and Working Group News. The post highlights Forum activities of all active DLF working groups. I will just highlight here the work of a few of those groups potentially of interest to TS members.

At the DLF Forum, I attended the Assessment Interest Group (AIG) meeting. This group is very welcoming and encourages anyone who is interested in getting involved to take part—there is no membership requirement. Of particular interest to TS members may be the AIG subgroup, Metadata Assessment Working Group. The Metadata group is currently working on developing a framework for assessing descriptive metadata, building a repository of metadata assessment tools, and creating a clearinghouse of metadata application profiles. More information about the group can be found on their wiki page and information on their current projects can be found on their toolkit page.

Another group of potential interest is the Government Records Transparency and Accountability Interest Group. During the group’s Forum working lunch meeting, members discussed planning for future projects and creating subgroups around issues related to sharing public information, education, advocacy, documentation, and potential special projects. The interest group will be making plans for its participation in the second annual Endangered Data Week.

Other groups of potential interest to TS librarians include the Linked Open Data Zotero Group and Born-Digital Access Group. DLF groups of interest to librarianship in general include the Digital Library Pedagogy Group, Technologies of Surveillance Group, Labor Working Group, and Project Managers Group. You can learn more about all working groups at the DLF Groups page.

by (Caitlyn Lam) at December 01, 2017 03:21 PM

025.431: The Dewey blog

Dewey by the Numbers

Here’s a brief snapshot of the DDC 23 EN database (the database associated with the English-language version of DDC 23) as of 1 December 2017:

Dewey by the Numbers (2017-12-01)

We are now presenting statistics on Relative Index terms and mapped headings in a more informative manner, showing both the number of terms/headings indexed or mapped to one or more Dewey numbers and the total number of assignments of terms/headings to Dewey numbers. (For example, if a Library of Congress subject heading is mapped to two Dewey numbers, it contributes 1 to the Headings column and 2 to the Assignments column.)

by Rebecca at December 01, 2017 11:00 AM

Terry's Worklog

MarcEdit 7 Update

It took less than a week for the first bug to show up. I have some UI changes that I’d like to make over the weekend, but I wanted to take the time to close this particular issue. The first bug was found in the field dedup option in the Add/Delete Field function. This option was rewritten to allow field deletion preference. The issue occurred when some data was left empty. This update corrects that issue, as well as adds one feature that I’ve been interested in having since starting the revisions – window transparency in MarcEditor functions.

So what do I mean by Windows Transparency? When you open MarcEdit 6 or 7 and load a file into the MarcEditor – if you select an option like the Add/Delete field tool – the tool window covers the Editor. Since the Editor is the owner, the tool window needs to be moved to see the data underneath. That bothers me. Here’s what this looks like today:

To get at the data under the window – I have to move the Add/Delete Field window – and if I use a smaller screen (and I do), this can mean moving to the edges of my PC. So, I added a new option to the Ease of Access section in the Preferences. You can enable window transparency, and when a window has an owner (not Modal – there is a difference – messageboxes are modal and stay on-top until some input occurs), the window will become transparent when not active. This allows you to see the underlying data. So, let’s look at this same example with transparency enabled.


Not that I can now see the underlying window data in the MarcEditor. Select the Add/Delete Field box again, and the window becomes active and solid. I can now shift between the two windows without having to move my dialogs, and that makes me happy.

To enable this new function, you simply need to go to the preferences, and select the ease of access section. There you will find the new transparency options.


Hopefully other users will find this feature useful as well.

You can download the new update at: or the program will automatically prompt and download the update for you.

This weekend, I’ll be addressing a couple UI issues I’ve encountered and will likely add a couple features that didn’t make it into the initial release.

Questions, let me know.


by reeset at December 01, 2017 06:43 AM

November 29, 2017


Happy 350th birthday, Jonathan Swift!


Writing about the Irish satirist Jonathan Swift, George Orwell observes:

“In a political and moral sense I am against him, so far as I understand him. Yet curiously enough he is one of the writers I admire with least reserve, and Gulliver’s Travels, in particular, is a book which it seems impossible for me to grow tired of… If I had to make a list of six books which were to be preserved when all others were destroyed, I would certainly put Gulliver’s Travels among them.” 1

On this, the occasion of Jonathan Swift’s 350th birthday, we share Orwell’s enthusiasm for Swift and his work by adding our own library-style tribute: Swift is the most popular Irish-born author, and Gulliver’s Travels the most popular work by an Irish author, in library collections today.

Studying the “Irish presence” worldwide

Over the summer we published several short pieces describing findings from a study of the Irish presence in the published record—the collection of materials by Irish people, about Ireland, or published in Ireland. A study of this kind is made possible by the massive aggregation of bibliographic and holdings data in OCLC’s WorldCat, a database of library catalogs. We had the opportunity to report some of our findings in the Irish Times, where Lorcan Dempsey noted that exploration of the Irish presence “is a form of ‘reading at scale,’ identifying patterns in how countries project their cultural, intellectual, literary, and musical traditions through the published record.”

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Using a measure of popularity based on the number of appearances by an author or work in library collections worldwide, we determined that Jonathan Swift and Gulliver’s Travels top the lists of most popular Irish authors and most popular works by an Irish author, respectively. Following Swift in the ranking are Oscar Wilde, Eve Bunting, George Bernard Shaw, and Oliver Goldsmith, while Dracula, The Vicar of Wakefield, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Artemis Fowl round out the top five most popular works by an Irish author.

Cooperative library data: a unique, powerful way to explore world literature

Library collections are where the world’s literature is gathered and stewarded. Library data—the information libraries have recorded about their collections—is a unique and powerful resource for exploring the contours of world literature.

In addition to the Irish study (full report forthcoming), OCLC Research has produced similar surveys of the Scottish and New Zealand national presences in the published record. Taken together, this work helps demonstrate the value of library data—and more specifically, WorldCat as an aggregator and repository of that data—as a source of information about the world’s literature.

So we add our accolades to the many honoring Jonathan Swift today, and close with this typically satirical passage from the man himself:

I write for the noblest end, to inform and instruct mankind, over whom I may, without breach of modesty, pretend to some superiority, from the advantages I received by conversing so long among the accomplished Houyhnhnms. I write without any view towards profit or praise. I never suffer a word to pass that may look like reflection, or possibly give the least offense even to those who are most ready to take it. So that I hope I may with justice pronounce myself an author perfectly blameless, against whom the tribes of answerers, considerers, observers, reflecters, detecters, remarkers, will never be able to find matter for exercising their talents. (Gulliver’s Travels, 1726)

Without irony, satire, caustic humor, or any other literary device, we wish Jonathan Swift a happy birthday!

Happy birthday, Jonathan Swift!


1. Orwell, George. The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell. Vol. 4, In Front of Your Nose: 1946-1950. Edited by Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus. Boston, MA: Nonpareil Books, 2000, p. 220.

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by Brian Lavoie at November 29, 2017 08:48 PM

TSLL TechScans (Technical Services Law Librarians)

Recommendations for Next Generation Repositories

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has just released a report from their Next Generation Repositories Working Group: Behaviours and Technical Recommendations of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group. The recommendations in this report provide an interesting read about the potential for a much more interlinked and standardized repository front in the future.

The report states that ”many of the behaviors and recommendations for next generation repositories pertain to establishing links across repositories as a way to break down the silos and arrive at an environment characterized by interconnected networked ​repositories.”

We currently have a somewhat “under-regulated” system of repositories that may or may not play nice with each other. The suggested standards and protocols within this report would move towards a more standardized approach to repository content as well as the metadata backing these materials. If adopted globally these standards would provide the foundation for more interlinked data and materials by adopting, and then adapting, resources that are already available.

Acknowledging that technology is fluid, and in some cases the desired technology does not yet exist, the Working Group will soon be publishing their behaviors and technologies in a GitHub repository to support updates and engage the broader community. 

by (Lauren Seney) at November 29, 2017 03:22 PM

Problem Cataloger

NIOSH/OSHA pocket guide to chemical hazards / editors, Frank W....

NIOSH/OSHA pocket guide to chemical hazards / editors, Frank W. Mackison, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R. Scott Stricoff, Lawrence J. Partridge, Jr., A.D. Little, Inc. (OCLC #8734681)

This volume has a date of “September 1978” on its title page and a suggestive “78” as part of its publication number, but this printing history on the title page verso:

  Second printing - January 1980
  Third Printing - August 1980
    with minor technical changes
  Fourth Printing - August 1981
    with minor technical changes

but does that merit a new (1981) record in OCLC?

I checked the edition section of their When to Input a New Record document, and was unsure. It may fall under “difference in content”?

Either way, a full and popular record already exists for this printing, with a 1981 date and a note:

500 __ ǂa "Fourth printing, August 1981, with minor technical changes."

This record most precisely matched what I had in hand, so worked well for copy cataloging.

November 29, 2017 02:42 PM

November 28, 2017

Problem Cataloger

The red atlas : how the Soviet Union secretly mapped the world /...

The red atlas : how the Soviet Union secretly mapped the world / John Davies, Alexander J. Kent ; foreword by James Risen. (OCLC #978389095)

This volume has “atlas” in its title, and has quite a few maps in it, but is it really an atlas? Catalogers disagree; OCLC has multiple records for this title, mostly as a book, but one as an atlas.

Our maps cataloger took a closer look, and said that while it had a large section of maps, they were used as illustrations for the text, not the main content of the work themselves. I did feel the maps were numerous enough to merit inclusion in the content type though:

336  ǂa text ǂb txt ǂ2 rdacontent
336  ǂa cartographic image ǂb cri ǂ2 rdacontent

November 28, 2017 07:47 PM

Terry's Worklog

MarcEdit 7 is Here!

After 9 months of development, hundreds of thousands of lines of changed code, 3 months of beta testing over which time, tens of millions of records were processed using MarcEdit 7, the tool is finally ready. Will you occasionally run into issues…possibly – any time that this much code has changed, I’d say that there is a distinct possibility. But I believe (hope) that the program has been extensively vetted and is ready to move into production. So, what’s changed? A lot. Here’s a short list of the highlights:

  • Native Clustering – MarcEdit implements the Levenshtein Distance and Composite Coefficient matching equations to provide built-in clustering functionality. This will let you group fields and perform batch edits across like items. In many ways, it’s a lite-weight implementation of OpenRefine’s clustering functionality designed specifically for MARC data. Already, I’ve used this tool to provide clustering of data sets over 700,000 records. For performance sake, I believe 1 million to 1.5 million records could be processed with acceptable performance using this method.
  • Smart XML Profiling – A new XML/JSON profiler has been added to MarcEdit that removes the need to know XSLT, XQuery or any other Xlanguage. The tool uses an internal markup language that you create through a GUI based mapper that looks and functions like the Delimited Text Translator. The tool was designed to lower barriers and make data transformations more accessible to users.
  • Speaking of accessibility, I spent over 3 months researching fonts, sizes, and color options – leading to the development of a new UI engine. This enabled the creation of themes (and theme creator), identification of free fonts (and a way to download them directly and embed fonts for use directly in MarcEdit within the need of administrator rights), and a wide range of other accessibility and keyboard options.
  • New versions – MarcEdit is now available as 4 downloads. Two which require administrative access and two that can be installed by anyone. This should greatly simplify management of the application.
  • Tasks have been super charged. Tasks that in MarcEdit 6.x could take close to 8 hours now can process in under 10-20 minutes. New task functions have been added, tasks have been extended, and more functions can be added to tasks.
  • Link data tools have been expanded. From the new SPARQL tools, to the updated linked data platform, the resource has been updated to support better and faster linked data work. Coming in the near future will be direct support for HDT and linked data fragments.
  • A new installation wizard was implemented to make installation fun and easier. User follow Hazel, the setup agent, as she guides you through the setup process.
  • Languages – MarcEdit’s interface has been translated into 26+ languages
  • .NET Language update – this seems like a small thing, but it enabled many of the design changes
  • MarcEdit 7 *no* longer supports Windows XP
  • Consolidated and improved Z39.50/SRU Client
  • Enhanced COM support, with legacy COM namespaces preserved for backward compatibility
  • RDA Refinements
  • Improved Error Handling and expanded knowledge-base
  • The new Search box feature to help users find help

With these new updates, I’ve updated the MarcEdit Website and am in the process of bringing new documentation online. Presently, the biggest changes to the website can be seen on the downloads page. Rather than offering users four downloads, the webpage provides a guided user experience. Go to the downloads page, and you will find:

If you want to download the 64-bit version, when the user clicks on the link, the following modal window is presented:

Hopefully this will help users, because I think that for the lion’s share of MarcEdit’s user community, the non-Administrator download is the version that most users should use. This version simplifies program management, sandboxes the application, and can be managed by any user. But the goal of this new downloads page is to make the process of selecting your version of MarcEdit easier to understand and empower users to make the best decision for their needs.

Additionally, as part of the update process, I needed to update the MarcEdit MSI Cleaner. This file was updated to support MarcEdit 7’s GUID keys created on installation. And finally, the program was developed so that it could be installed and used side by side with MarcEdit 6.x. The hope is that users will be able to move to MarcEdit 7 as their schedules allow, while still keeping MarcEdit 6.x until they are comfortable with the process and able to uninstall the application.

Lastly, this update is seeing the largest single creation of new documentation in the application’s history. This will start showing up throughout the week and I continue to wrap up documentation and add new information about the program. This update has been a long-time coming, and I will be posting a number of tid-bits throughout the week as I complete updating the documentation. My hope is that the wait will have been worth it, and that users will find the new version, it’s new features, and the improved performance useful within their workflows.

The new version of MarcEdit can be downloaded from:

As always, if you have questions, let me know.


by reeset at November 28, 2017 09:00 AM

MarcEdit MSI Cleaner Changes for MarcEdit 7

The MarcEdit MSI cleaner was created to help fix problems that would occasionally happen when using the Windows Installer. Sometimes, problems happen, and when they do, it becomes impossible to install or update MarcEdit. MarcEdit 7, from a programming perspective, is much easier to manage (I’ve removed all data from the GAC (global assembly cache) and limited data outside of the user data space), but things could occur that might cause the program to be unable to be updated. When that happens, this tool can be used to remove the registry keys that are preventing the program from updating/reinstalling.

In working on the update for this tool, there were a couple significant changes made:

  1. I removed the requirement that you had to be an administrator in order to run the tool. You will need to be an administrator to make changes, but I’ve enabled the tool so users can now run the application to see if the cleaner would likely solve their problem.
  2. Updated UI – I updated the UI so that you will know that this tool has been changed to support MarcEdit 7.
  3. I’ve signed the application…it has now been signed with a security certificate and now is identified as a trusted program.

I’ve posted information about the update here:

If you have questions, let me know.


by reeset at November 28, 2017 05:35 AM