From the Profession

Dr. Suess's Widow Endows UCSD Post

Audrey Geisel, the widow of Theodore "Dr. Suess" Geisel, donated a $1 million gift to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to establish and endow the Audrey Geisel University Librarianship. Geisel has had a longstanding relationship with UCSD and the library, and has donated more than 8,000 of her late husband's original drawings, sketches, books, and other memorabilia to the university libraries. In 1995, UCSD's Central Library was renamed Geisel Library. The donation will be used to create a permanent fund, proceeds from which can be used to support UCSD's ten individual campus libraries at the discretion of the university librarian. UCSD's chief librarian, Brian E. C. Schottlaender, will serve as the inaugural Audrey Geisel University Librarian.

David Miller and Patrick Le Boeuf Win Award for Best Article

David Miller, Head of Technical Services, Curry College and Patrick Le Boeuf, Library Curator, Bibliothèque nationale de France, received an award from Cataloging & Classification Quarterly (CCQ) for the best article published in volume 39. Their article, “Such stuff as dreams are made on: How does FRBR fit performing arts?” is in volume 34, number ¾ of CCQ, pages 151-178.

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CONSER Standard Record Implementation

CONSER standard record implementation will begin June 1, 2007, with the understanding that not all institutions will be able to implement it locally on exactly that date. Members have agreed to monitor use of the standard throughout the coming year and make changes and adjustments as needed. The new CONSER documentation available from the CONSER website supports the standard record. The new and revised LCRIs support the policy decisions that differ from AACR2 rules. Find information on the CONSER standard record online. Direct questions about the CONSER standard record and its accompanying documentation to Les Hawkins, CONSER Coordinator, Library of Congress ( lhaw@loc.gov).

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OCLC Members Council Meets in May

OCLC Members Council met May 20-22 in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss the OCLC governance structure, products and services, and future needs of its members. The Members Council also elected new leaders for the next session, and bid farewell to Phyllis Spies, a senior OCLC manager who participated in 80 Members Council meetings before her retirement this month.

OCLC Members Council President Ernie Ingles, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta, OCLC Canada, passed the gavel to Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University, who will serve as Members Council President for 2007/2008.

Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director, Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center (Clark Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Spelman College), representing SOLINET, was elected Vice President/President-Elect.

The new delegates-at-large are:

  • Berndt Dugall, Direktor/Librarian,Universitat Frankfurt, Universitatsbibliothek Johanne Senckenbenberg (OCLC PICA)
  • Jamie LaRue, Director, Douglas County (Colorado) Libraries (BCR)
  • Lyn McKinney, OCLC Western, Head Librarian, Billings Public Schools, Billings Senior High School Library (OCLC Western)
  • Jennifer Younger, Director of University Libraries, University of Notre Dame, Edward H. Arnold Library (INCOLSA).

Find the meeting report online.

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University of Washington Libraries Pilot WorldCat Local

The University of Washington Libraries is the first institution to pilot WorldCat Local, a new service that builds on WorldCat.org to allow Web access to OCLC. The goal of the pilot is to provide users with a single search and request service that covers the University of Washington Libraries, Summit libraries (most academic libraries in Washington and Oregon), WorldCat and a selection of article citations through one catalog.

Features initially include a single search box, relevancy ranking of search results, result sets that bring multiple versions of a work together, faceted browsing, citation formatting options and cover art.

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VRA Core 4.0 Now Available

The release version of VRA Core 4.0 is now available. Core 4.0 Beta was released in December of 2005. The Core 4.0 website contains a document that explains changes between VRA Core 4.0 beta version and VRA Core 4.0 release version.

VRA Core was developed and is maintained by the Data Standards Committee of the Visual Resources Association. Direct questions about VRA Core to datastandards@vraweb.org.

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Outcomes of April 2007 JSC Meeting Now Available

The outcomes of the April 2007 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA are now available on the JSC Web site.

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