News from the Profession

OCLC Sessions at ALA Annual

OCLC is offering several sessions during the ALA Annual Conference that may be of interest to ALCTS members. For all OCLC events, see the web site.

  • Leadership Beyond the Recession. The symposium description states, “The course you set during tough times will have a profound impact on your library’s long-term sustainability.”
  • Redesigning Technical Services Workflows with presenters Renee Register, OCLC; Arlene Klair, University of Maryland Libraries; and Rick Anderson, Marriott Library, University of Utah.
  • To Be or Not to Be...DRM-free. Librarians and publishers will share their views on providing DRM-free access to e-books.

OCLC Adopts New Governance Structure

The OCLC Board of Trustees and OCLC Members Council have approved a new governance structure designed to extend participation in the OCLC cooperative to an increasing number of libraries and cultural heritage institutions around the world. More information is available online.

OCLC Review Board Withdraws Record Use Policy

The OCLC Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship has recommended withdrawal of the proposed record use policy. The decision was reached at the May 18, 2009 meeting. A video and slides from the meeting are available online: ( video) and ( slides).

ARL Releases White Paper

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published a white paper titled "Strategic Directions for the Federal Depository Library Program" (FDLP) that calls for a reframing of the FDLP to ensure a robust and effective program for the future.

World Digital Library Debuts

The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. The site’s About page states: The principal objectives of the WDL are to:

  • Promote international and intercultural understanding;
  • Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet;
  • Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences;
  • Build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide within and between countries.

New Digital Curation Blog

A new blog on digital curation, From Page2Pixel, has been launched by Isaiah Beard, Digital Data Curator for Rutgers University Libraries. Beard will use the blog as a focal point to provide commentary on emerging and dying formats, share experiences in digital preservation, and serve as a growing archive on DC-related outreach materials he has created and to which he has contributed.

ID.LOC.GOV Web Service

Library of Congress’ Authorities and Vocabularies is now available. The first resource offered is Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). The goal of the service is to enable machines to programmatically access data at the Library of Congress. The web interface enables simple user access. Feedback is sought and a comment form is available on the site. The service will be expanded to include other vocabularies such as the Thesaurus of Graphic Materials, geographic area, language, and relator codes, and preservation events and roles.

Google’s Plan for Orphaned Books

Google has begun scanning the contents of orphaned books as part of its digitization plan. Read more about this as well as challenges to that plan in a New York Times article.

Calls for Papers

Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems

Papers are sought for the 2010 Sixth International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems.

World Digital Libraries

World Digital Libraries: An International Journal has issued a call for papers for publication in the June 2009 and December 2009 issues.

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

CCQ welcomes the submission of research, theory, and practice papers relevant to the broad field of bibliographic organization. Articles are in areas dealing with research-based cataloging practice, including user behavior, user needs and benefits are sought. Authors may submit manuscripts via email with attached word document to the Editor, Sandra K. Roe, Bibliographic Services Librarian, Illinois State University.

Against the Grain

Against the Grain has issued two calls for submissions. The first is for the "Biz of Acq" column which features discussions of key acquisitions topics by working librarians. Ideas for upcoming "Biz of Acq" articles include acquisition of electronic resources, scores, MP3s, e-books; acquisitions/cataloging workflows; purchasing bibliographic records with materials and the impact of cataloging considerations on the decision to purchase databases, etc. Interested individuals should contact editor Michelle Flinchbaugh at Albin O. Kuhn Library, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 or (410) 455-6754.

The other call for papers is for the November 2009 issue, which will focus on the topic of pay-per-view. The issue will focus on experiences libraries and electronic resources librarians have had with implementing pay-per-view. The issue will also focus on management issues, why a library chose pay-per-view, how they implemented pay-per-view, and outcomes. Submit ideas for papers to the November 2009 guest editor, Beth Bernhardt at by June 30. All accepted papers will be due by August 20.

Scribd Store Now Open

Scribd is a social publishing company in the world where people share original writings and documents. The beta version of the Scribd Store recently debuted, enabling users to purchase digital copies of texts from a variety of independent publishers and authors. Authors and publishers get to keep an 80 percent of revenue.

Cartographic Subdivisions Discussion Paper Now Available

The Policy and Standards Division (PSD) of the Library of Congress announced the beginning the genre/form project for cartographic materials in February 2009. PSD is re-examining current subject headings and subdivisions to determine whether any changes should be made to their structure and/or to the ways that they are assigned. Input from the library community regarding a possible change to the structure of most of the form subdivisions in the area of cartography is sought.

Send feedback on the proposal to Janis L. Young, genre/form coordinator, at, or to PSD’s general e-mail account. Comments will be accepted through August 10, 2009. More information, including a discussion paper, is available online.

Digital Information Management Certificate Program

The University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science has openings available in the school's graduate certificate program in Digital Information Management (DigIn). Scholarships are available for students entering the program in fall 2009.

DigIn was developed in cooperation with the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records and the University of Arizona Outreach College. Funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information on the program and admissions is available online. Applicants may also contact the DigIn staff.