From the Profession    

Former ALCTS President Marion Reid Retires

Marion T. Reid, dean of the library and assistant to the president for special projects at California State University San Marcos, has retired after forty-three years as a librarian. Since 1989, when CSU San Marcos was founded, she led the effort to provide library services while helping develop a campus that today has more than 9,000 students. She served as president of the Resources and Technical Services Division in 1988. She holds the titles of Librarian Emerita from Louisiana State University, where she worked twenty-one years, and Dean Emerita from CSU San Marcos.    

LC Now on Facebook

In keeping with the times, the Library of Congress is now on Facebook as well as Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, and iTunes U. More information is available on LC's web site.    

OCLC Metadata Services for Publishers

OCLC has changed the name of the Next Generation Cataloging Project to “OCLC Metadata Services for Publishers.” A webinar on the service is available online.    

NISO to Undertake Gap Analysis of ERM-related Data and Standards

NISO has approved a new work item to focus on Electronic Resource Management (ERM) Data Standards Review. The proposal was reviewed and approved by NISO's Business Information Topic Committee. A new working group will conduct a review and gap analysis of ERM-related data and standards. The group will make recommendations about the future of the ERMI data dictionary and will submit a report to the Business Information Topic Committee. The report will be publicly available. More information is available on NISO's site.    

Nominations Sought for Olson Award

OLAC's Nancy B. Olson Award Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2010 award. The award recognizes and honors a librarian who has made significant contributions to the advancement and understanding of audiovisual cataloging. The recipient will be chosen, based on nominations received, and is subject to approval by the Executive Board at the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Find eligibility information online. The deadline for nominations is December 15, 2009. Send nominations to Bobby Bothmann at or P.O. Box 8419, ML3097, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota 56002.    

ACRL Announces Frequent Learner Program

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has introduced a new e-Learning Frequent Learner Program to help academic and research librarians maximize their professional development dollars during in the current economic crisis. Individuals or groups that register for three ACRL e-Learning courses or Webcasts will receive complimentary registration to one additional course or Webcast of equal or lesser value to the lowest cost-paid e-Learning opportunity. Find more information and a schedule of e-Learning opportunities online.    

Call for Participation

International Conference on Emerging Technologies in Academic Libraries

A new international conference for academic librarians, information professionals, academic staff, students, library system developers, and suppliers, the International conference on emerging technologies in academic libraries 2010 (emtacl10), will take place April 26-28, 2010 in Trondheim, Norway. The conference has issued a call for papers on the following topics: the semantic web library, new (information) literacies, supporting research in a changing age, organizational change within the library, analysis of user behavior and using statistics in library 2.0, new services/old services in new clothes, best practices for the adaptive academic library, and other relevant perspectives on emerging technologies. The deadline for abstracts is October 15, 2009. Use the online submission form. See the call for papers for more information.

Now Available    

LC Webcast “Expanding the Power of the Library's Family of Vocabularies” Now Available

The Library of Congress webcast “Expanding the Power of the Library's Family of Vocabularies: Genre/Form Headings” is now available online. The webcast speaker is Janis Young, who discusses LC’s initiative to create a system of genre/form headings, which began in 2007.

OLE Project Final Report

A draft of the final report on the Open Library Environment Project (OLE) is now available for feedback. OLE’s goal is to define a next-generation technology environment based on a re-examination of library operations and other enterprise technology systems. More information is available on the web site.

Proceedings of the DigCCurr 2009

DigCCurr is a three-year (2006-2009), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded project to develop a graduate-level curricular framework, course modules, and experiential components to prepare students for digital curation in various environments.

DigCCurr2009 took place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in April 2009 as part of the “Preserving Access to Our Digital Future: Building an International Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr)” project. The proceedings are available for purchase (print) or may be downloaded for free. See the web site for more information.

Presentation Materials from Umstieg auf MARC 21 Now Available

Presentation slides and notes from the program “MARC 21, RDA, and the FRBR and FRAD Models: Making the Connections,” which took place at the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Frankfurt, Germany in June 2009 (Tom Delsey was the speaker) are now available online.

White Paper “Streamlining Book Metadata Workflow”

“Streamlining Book Metadata Workflow,” a white paper prepared by Judy Luther for NISO and OCLC, is now available online. The white paper follows the Symposium for Publishers and Librarians held by OCLC on March 18-19, 2009 to discuss book metadata. Luther’s white paper examines metadata creation, exchange, and use throughout the book supply chain.

Revised RDA Background Documents

Many of the RDA background documents have been updated following the release of the final RDA text supplied for the first release. Documents include the element analysis and the FRBR and FRAD mappings. The list of changes to AACR2 has been revised and includes a comparison of AACR2-specific material designations to RDA vocabularies.

New IFLA Publication: Functional Requirements for Authority Data

New IFLA Publication Functional Requirements for Authority Data in now available. An online version is planned for IFLANET later this calendar year. See the FRBR blog for more information.

Online Copyright Tools

ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has released two new online copyright education tools: the Fair Use Evaluator and the Exceptions for Instructors eTool. See the new site for more information.