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Francis L. Miksa Wins Cataloging & Classification Quarterly Award for Best Article

Francis L. Miksa (University of Texas at Austin) has received the award for the best article published in volume 42 of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly ( CCQ).

“The DDC Relative Index,” is an analysis of the various indexes to the Dewey Decimal Classification, their origin, development, structure, and their complex nature. The article appears in CCQ 42 (number 3/4), pages 65–95 (, and also in Moving Beyond the Presentation Layer: Content and Context in the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) System, edited by Joan S. Mitchell and Diane Vizine-Goetz.


Calls for Papers/Proposals

ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management

The Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) and Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia and the Web (SIGWEB) are sponsoring the ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) on October 26–30, 2008 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa, Napa, California.

Submissions of papers on all topics in the general areas of databases, information retrieval, and knowledge management are sought. Papers that bridge across these areas are of special interest and will be considered for a “Best Interdisciplinary Paper” award. In addition to papers, CIKM 2008 is soliciting workshop and tutorial proposals.

The organizers have also organized a series of invited speakers and an industry day (separate from the industry research track) where experts primarily from industry and venture capital community will provide insights on how technologies can be leveraged for business success.


Hawai’i International Conference on System Sciences Minitrack on Classification of Digital Documents

The organizers of the Hawai’i International Conference on System Sciences invite papers for a minitrack on Classification of Digital Documents. The minitrack will address the social, organizational and technical aspects of classification for digital media. Contact co-chair Barbara Kwasnik (Syracuse University) for more information. Submit abstracts by June 1 for guidance and indication of appropriate content. Full papers are due by June 15. Acceptance is scheduled for August 15. Final papers are due by September 15. The minitrack will take place on January 5–8, 2009 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort, Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawai’i. More information, including author instructions, is available online.


International Web Archiving Workshop

The Eighth International Web Archiving Workshop will focus on active research and practice regarding acquisition, maintenance and preservation of digital objects for long-term access. Papers on the following topics are sought: case studies, data acquisition, storage models and architecture, digital preservation, access, and policy and social issues. The event will be held September 18–19, 2008, in Aarhus, Denmark.

Papers are due by May 19, 2008. Authors will be notified by June 16, 2008; final, camera-ready copy is due July 14, 2008. See submission details online. For more information, contact co-chair Julien Masanès (European Archive).


RDA/MARC Working Group Established

An RDA/MARC Working Group has been established to collaborate on the development of proposals for changes to the MARC 21 formats to accommodate the encoding of RDA data. The Working Group will be drafting proposals for review and discussion by the MARC community in June 2008. They will identify what changes are required to MARC 21 to support compatibility with RDA and ensure effective data exchange into the future.

The RDA/MARC Working Group members are:

  • Everett Allgood (New York University and CC:DA Liaison to MARBI)
  • Corine Deliot (British Library)
  • Rebecca Guenther (Library of Congress)
  • Bill Leonard (Library and Archives Canada)
  • Sally McCallum (Library of Congress)
  • Marg Stewart (Joint Steering Committee Liaison to the RDA/MARC Working Group)
  • Martha Yee (UCLA Film and Television Archive)


RDA Vocabularies Project

The RDA ( Resource Description and Access) Vocabularies Project is underway, working toward publishing Semantic Web vocabularies in Resource Description Framework (RDF). These vocabularies will provide machine-accessible versions of RDA Element and Value vocabularies, allowing for reuse in applications and citation via Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs).

The work is led by Gordon Dunsire (University of Strathclyde) and Diane Hillmann (Cornell University), with support from Tom Baker (Dublin Core Metadata Initiative). Other key participants include:

  • Karen Coyle (independent consultant)
  • Alistair Miles (editor for the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) and member of the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group)
  • Mikael Nilsson (researcher in the Knowledge Management Research Group, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and co-chair of the DCMI Architecture Forum).

More information on the project is available online. Join the discourse on the DC-RDA discussion list.


PALINET and SOLINET Boards in Merger Talks

PALINET and SOLINET, major library networks in the Eastern United States, announced in February that their respective Boards of Trustees are discussing the merger of the two organizations. A due diligence period slated to last approximately sixty days is set to end soon. At that point, the groups will hold town hall meetings throughout their constituencies to publicize recommendations and solicit feedback. The recommendations will then be put to a vote by the membership.

A combined organization would represent more than 3,000 member organizations, and would provide increased discounts for subscriptions and services. The hope is that greater operational efficiencies will also aid the development of new programs and services. | press release


Library of Congress Introduces LCCN Permalink URL Service

LCCN Permalink is a new service designed to create persistent links to bibliographic records in the Library of Congress Online Catalog using the Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN). The links are an intuitive way to cite LC resources in online tools and publications.

Permalinks are constructed by appending an LCCN to the Permalink domain name, (i.e., LCCN Permalinks are displayed as part of the bibliographic record in the LC Online Catalog. For more information, consult the LC Permalink FAQ or send specific questions to the Ask-A-Librarian service.


New Discussion List for Catalogers of Middle Eastern Languages

The Middle East Librarians Association (MELA) has started a new list, mideastcat, for discussions of cataloging topics related to Middle Eastern material. MELA’s Committee on Cataloging will be using this list as the primary vehicle for announcements and for discussions of best practices for original script.

Information about how to join the list is available on the MELA website.

Reed Business Information to be Sold

Reed Elsevier announced in February 2008 that it will sell off Reed Business Information (RBI). RBI is responsible for several major publications, including Variety and Publisher’s Weekly. The reason for the sale, according to Sir Crispin Davis, CEO of Reed Elsevier, was an operational mismatch with the rest of the conglomerate: “[RBI’s] advertising revenue model and the inherent cyclicality fit less well … with the subscription-based information and workflow solutions focus of Reed Elsevier’s strategy.” RBI had 2007 revenues of $1.76 billion (of which 60 percent came from advertising), and a profit of $231 million.


NASIG Mentoring Program

NASIG is offering a mentoring program for first-time attendees at the NASIG Conference, which will be held June 5–8 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Participation is open to all; those wanting to serve as a mentor should have attended at least one NASIG conference, and be willing to make contact with a mentee before the conference. Mentors are expected to meet with their mentees at the conference. Mentees and mentors are also invited to the First-timers Reception on Thursday, June 5, 3:30–4:30 pm.

More information on mentoring and the program is available online.

ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce

The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member institutions, is designed to recruit MLS graduate students from ethnic and racial background into careers in research libraries. The Initiative includes a stipend up to $10,000, leadership and career development, mentor, and visit to a research library. Applications for the 2008–2010 program class are now available and are due by July 31, 2008.

Additional information online. The ARL contact is Jerome Offord, Jr., Director of Diversity Initiatives.


ARL, ALA, MLA, and SLA Support GPO FY ’09 Budget

An open letter to leadership of the United States Congressional Subcommittees on Legislative Branch Committee on Appropriations regarding the Government Printing Office’s budget for fiscal year 2009 is available on the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) website. The letter is in support of the budget, citing the importance of the Federal Depository Library Program and the GPO Access service. The letter is signed by leadership of ARL, ALA, the Medical Library Association (MLA), and the Special Libraries Association (SLA).