Tag Archives: Cataloging

A Fight Over ‘Aliens’

“In 2014, Melissa Padilla, an immigrant from Mexico, was dismayed to find while doing research for a paper at Dartmouth College that all articles about undocumented students were archived under the heading “illegal aliens.” When she led a group of students to ask the college library to consider phasing out the term, they expected, at best, to make a statement at the campus. But their request triggered a political fight that has drawn in lawmakers engaged in the immigration debate.Dartmouth librarians told the students that indexing terms were set by the Library of Congress, but agreed to raise their concern with the American Library Association.” (via The New York Times)

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UC Davis library to lead transformation of cataloging

“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. The University Library of UC Davis was awarded a $493,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is one of only 41 libraries in the country this year to receive the institute’s National Leadership Grant, a program that supports projects to improve professional practice beyond the institution receiving the grant. The two-year project — seeking to modernize what is, for libraries, as complex as air traffic control systems — will create a roadmap for libraries for strategic planning and investments in new software, standards and expertise.” (via UC Davis News & Information)

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Library Transitions to Online Cataloging Publications

“The Library of Congress has announced a transition to online-only publication of its cataloging documentation. As titles that are in production are released, the Library’s Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) will no longer print new editions of its subject headings, classification schedules and other cataloging publications. The Library will instead provide free downloadable PDF versions of these titles. For users desiring enhanced functionality, the Library’s two web-based subscription services, Cataloger’s Desktop and Classification Web, will continue as products from CDS.” (via Library of Congress)

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University of Aruba Library selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services

“University of Aruba (UA) Library has become the first library in the Caribbean to implement OCLC WorldShare Management Services, which provide a Web-based environment that streamlines cataloging, acquisitions, license management and circulation workflows, and offers the WorldCat Local discovery service for its users.” (via OCLC)

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GPO in the Top 10 List of Original Catalogers in the World

“The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) was recently named one of the top 10 original catalogers in the world in OCLC’s Annual Report for FY12. During that period, GPO added 17,310 new records for U.S. Government information products to WorldCat, a database of bibliographic information built continuously by libraries around the world and OCLC. As one of the founding members of the OCLC network in 1976, GPO has reached several important milestones as an active contributor to WorldCat over the years. In 1992, a GPO Cataloger contributed the 100,000th record to the OCLC Bibliographic Database, and in 1999, another GPO cataloger contributed the 43,000,000th record.” (via FDLP)

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