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MarcEdit 6.3 Updates (all versions)

I spent sometime this week working on a few updates for MarcEdit 6.3. Full change log below (for all versions). Windows/Linux/MacOS: * …

Ebook collection analysis

Two publications recently came across my desk: the May/June 2017 Library Technology Reports called Applying Quantitative Methods to E-Book Collections by Melissa …

New numbers for martial arts topics

Since last year, the editorial team has published two rounds of updates to the schedules for martial arts. These changes were approved …

Updates to Table 2

Recent changes in two parts of Table 2 are now available in WebDewey. The first set of changes concerns the provinces of …

Dewey Print Editions

The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) is frequently updated by the Dewey editorial team. These changes are available in WebDewey the next day. …

RDA in a Day – Report

RDA in a Day report by Karl Fairhurst I was thrilled to learn that I had won a bursary for the RDA …

MarcEdit Updates (all)

I’ve posted update for all versions. Windows and linux updates for 6.3.x Sunday evening and updates to MacOS for 2.5.x on Wed. …

MarcEdit 7 Keycode Documentation

Something that comes up a lot is the lack of key combinations or pathways to using functions in MarcEdit. I’ll admit, the …

MarcEdit 6.3 Windows Update

As noted this week – I’ve updated MarcEdit 6.3. The updates are as follows: 6.3.50 * Enhancement: Exact Match searching in the …

The Work

I’ve been on a committee that was tasked by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging folks(*) to help them understand some of the …

Dewey Breakfast Recap

The Dewey team had a successful ALA Annual. Thanks to those of you who joined us Saturday morning for a hearty Dewey …

MarcEdit 7 Update Notes

I’ll be officially cutting the new branch of MarcEdit 7 for all the code in the project following the next release of …

2017 Philmont Experience

Since Summer 2016, troop 73 has known that we would have an opportunity to go to the Philmont Ranch in New Mexico. …

Catalogue and Index – Call for Papers

For our September issue we would like to see papers on Classification. CIG recently ran a successful event called “Thinking about classification” …

Project management software

In the most recent issue of Computers in Libraries, Li Chen and Xueying Chen wrote about using a free software called Trello …

EPC Meeting 140

On June 12–13, Meeting 140 of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) Editorial Policy Committee (EPC) was held at the Library of Congress …

RDA Update, Edinburgh, 4th August

Join the Chair of the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) for an update on the latest developments in RDA: Resource Description and Access. …

Catalogue and Index: Issue 187

The new issue of C&I (187) is now available here. The latest issue of C&I discusses how metadata and institutional repositories can …

Lean Library Browser Extension

A colleague recently called my attention to a new library discovery product, the Lean Library browser extension. While a library who wishes …

Pray for Peace

This is a piece I wrote on March 22, 2003, two days after the beginning of the second Gulf war. I just …

ALLStAR

We live in an increasingly data-driven world, and if you’re anything like me you find playing with data and statistics fun, interesting, …

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 …

Two FRBRs, Many Relationships

There is tension in the library community between those who favor remaining with the MARC21 standard for bibliographic records, and others who …

On choices

In a blog essay about non-rational devotion to software choices (the author argues it’s inevitable), a quote sprang out at me that …

Library Systems Report 2017

The Library Systems Report by Marshall Breeding was released earlier this month. This report “documents ongoing investments of libraries in strategic technology …

MarcEdit update

I’ve posted updates to MarcEdit Windows and Linux. The change log is as follows: Bug Fix: SRU Processing — when setting custom …

Multiple job titles

For the past three years, I’ve had 2 job titles. This is nothing out of the ordinary. Many of my colleagues where …

Measure the Future

Many of us are familiar with the myriad needs for statistics – reporting to outside agencies; making the case for more staff/space/money …

On designing rubyland.news

I like to pay attention to design, and enjoy good design in the world, graphic and otherwise. A well-designed printed page, web …

MarcEdit Updates Posted

Change log below: Mac Updates: 2.3.12 ************************************************** ** 2.3.12 ************************************************** * Update: Alma Integration Updates: New Create Holdings Record Template * Update: …

MarcEdit 7 Upgrade Advisor

I’ll be updating this periodically, but I wanted to make this available now. One of the biggest changes related to MarcEdit 7, …

If It Ain't Broke

For the first time in over forty years there is serious talk of a new metadata format for library bibliographic data. This …

MarcEdit Updates

I’ve been working on a few updates the past couple weeks, the most time consuming of these being updates related to Alma. …

NMC 2017 Horizon Report

The New Media Consortium recently released the 2017 Horizon Report for libraries. The report identifies trends, challenges, and developments in information technology, …

Returning to blogging

It has almost been a year since my last post. Much has happened. What started as a break became a long adventure …

Precipitating Forward

Our Legacy, Our MistakeIf you follow the effort taking place around the proposed new bibliographic data standard, BIBFRAME, you may have noticed …

Chrome Browser Extensions for Librarians

Google’s Chrome browser has gained immensely in popularity, with more than half of the global browser market according to W3Counter (https://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php). Browser …

A Few Thoughts About BIBFRAME

Cataloging Matters No. 21 A Few Thoughts about BIBFRAME Hello everyone and welcome to Cataloging Matters, a series of podcasts about the …

word word, word is the word

I love hearing about how different words came into being. I listen to A Way With Words via their podcasts (an interesting …

Hash#map ?

I frequently have griped that Hash didn’t have a useful map/collect function, something allowing me to transform the hash keys or values …

RDA Cataloging News and RDA Bibliography

RDA CATALOGING NEWS RDA Cataloging News and RDA Bibliography is a compilation of News, Events, Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Training, Articles, Books, Presentations, …

Return to libraryland

I’m excited to announce this week is my first week working for the Othmer Library division at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. CHF’s …

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 …

Introduction to Cataloguing

CILIP South West Members Network (SWMN) & CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG) invite you to one day training on cataloguing. This …

RDA in a Day 2017

Date: 11/5/17 Time: 10:00 – 17:00 Location: CILIP Headquarters, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE The CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG) …

Updates to historical period numbers

At its June 2016 Meeting 139, the DDC Editorial Policy Committee (EPC) approved new historical period numbers in 930-990 for Pakistan, Bangladesh, …

Re: [RDA-L] More than one preferred name?

Posting to RDA-L On 08/02/2017 10:11, Heidrun Wiesenmüller wrote: Quoting fromhttp://www.rda-rsc.org/sites/all/files/RSC-Chair-18.pdf (p. 3/4): “The definite article (“the”) is replaced by the indefinite …

bento_search 1.7.0 released

bento_search is the gem for making embedding of external searches in Rails a breeze, focusing on search targets and use cases involving …

Miseducation

There’s a fascinating video created by the Southern Poverty Law Center (in January 2017) that focuses on Google but is equally relevant …

Fonts, Font-sizes and the MacOS

So, one of the questions I’ve occasionally been getting from Mac users is that they would really like the ability to shift …

MarcEdit KBart Plugin

Last year, I had the opportunity to present at NASIG, and one of the questions that came up was related to the …

Comfort reading

I’m not the only one who does it, right? When in times of trouble, sorrow, pain (to be honest, times of joy …

Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age

There is a new research report from Pew, Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age, and the results are surprising. There …

Re: [BIBFRAME] Failure

Posting to Bibframe On 06/02/2017 16:32, Jeff Edmunds wrote: Your final paragraph is what intrigues me most. How, in fact, would widespread …

Re: [BIBFRAME] Failure

Posting to Bibframe On 02/02/2017 21:29, Karen Coyle wrote: My fave scenario for library linked data, the data flows in the opposite …

CDs are not archival storage

Not even non-writeable factory-written ones. When Discs Die: CDs were sold to consumers as these virtually indestructible platters, but the truth, as …

Posting to Bibframe On 02/02/2017 16:55, Jeremy Goldstein wrote: For an example, let’s say a patron is searching for a copy of …

MarcEdit MacOS Updates

This past weekend, I spent a good deal of time getting the MacOS version of MarcEdit synchronized with the Windows and Linux …

MarcEdit Windows/Linux Updates

This weekend, I worked on a couple of updates related to MarcEdit. The updates applicable to the Windows and Linux builds are …

never bash again, just ruby

Sometimes I have a little automation task so simple that I think, oh, I’ll just use a bash script for this. I …

Re: [BIBFRAME] Failure

Posting to Bibframe On 01/02/2017 22:25, Jeff Edmunds wrote (concerning the definition of “failure”): Widely adopted = adopted by a majority of …

musing on search behavior

Posted to…oh gosh, I don’t remember, one of the many, many list servs I’m on, was a link to Truth be Told: …

When they go low, we go high

Someone quite beautiful said that, and I add “and don’t repeat the lie”. Ever watch the moving “Good night and Good luck“? …

CC:DA/M/1357-1374 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (A division of the American Library Association) Cataloging and Metadata Management Section Committee on …

MarcEdit Update (Windows and Linux)

Couple updates, couple bug fixes. Change log below. 6.2.452* Bug fix/Behavior Change: Export Tab Delimited Records: Second delimiter insertion should be standardized …

Report of the MAC Liaison

CC:DA/MAC/2016/2 June 16, 2016 Report of the MAC Liaison American Library Association 2017 Midwinter Meeting, Atlanta, GA Submitted by: John Myers, CC:DA …

MarcEdit’s new Logging Features

Over the years, I’ve periodically gotten requests for a much more robust logger in MarcEdit. Currently, when the tool performs a global …

MarcEdit update

I’ve posted a new update for all versions of MarcEdit, and it’s a large one. It might not look like it from …

MarcEdit Update Posted

Happy 2017! I hope that everyone had a fine holiday season. I spent some time over the past couple weeks away from …

Concurrency in Rails 5.0

My previous posts on concurrency in ActiveRecord have been some of the most popular on this blog (which I’d like to think …

…read more Source: UDC

Catalogue and Index Issue 185

The new issue of C&I is now available here. This is a bumper issue containing a selection of papers from our 2016 …

Transparency of judgment

The Guardian, and others, have discovered that when querying Google for “did the Holocaust really happen”, the top response is a Holocaust …

All the (good) books

I have just re-read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and it was better than I had remembered. It holds up very well for …

Dementia: New and changed provisions

At its Meeting 139, the DDC Editorial Policy Committee approved new and changed provisions for dementia in the medicine schedule. Previously, comprehensive …

Swan song

Back in October, a pair of trumpeter swans showed up by the pond at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, and they seem …

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 …

All the Books

I just joined the Book of the Month Club. This is a throwback to my childhood, because my parents were members when …

New and improved

Those of you working in 583–584 in the past several days may have noticed some changes. Over a year ago we announced …

Why RDA?

On 18/11/2016 19:08, John Gordon Marr wrote: Let me comment on the “Fors” you cite. … I was asked to summarize the …

Drug testing

SOAP BOX ALERT! I am about to climb up and expound on the importance of knowing what you are taking (prescription and …

Introducing Syndetics Unbound

Short Version Today we’re going public with a new product for libraries, jointly developed by LibraryThing and ProQuest. It’s called Syndetics Unbound, …

BISAC Mappings to Dewey

After EPC Meeting 139 had concluded, one of our major editorial projects for the summer was to bring our mappings of BISAC …

Reading multiple history notes

The Dewey team received a question from a translator some time ago regarding one of the new numbers for municipalities of South …

Catalogue and Index Issue 184

The new issue of C&I is now available here. This issue is themed around research and contains articles on female book collectors …

Looking for more posts?

I post more frequently (daily-ish!) on Tumblr here: Problem Cataloger May Subd Geog Cataloging Taught Me Library Computer …read more Source: Problem …

2 Mysteries Solved!

One of the disadvantages of a long tradition is that the reasons behind certain practices can be lost over time. This is …

Dewey at IFLA 2016

Papers and presentations from the IFLA 2016 Classification & Indexing Satellite Meeting “Subject Access: Unlimited Opportunities,” held 11-12 August at the State …