VIAF new to Cataloger’s Desktop

Posted May 12, 2009 by Lois Reibach
Categories: VIAF

Although I haven’t been blogging lately, some news today brought me out of lurkdom.  In an email to the Desktop discussion list earlier today, Bruce Chr. Johnson announced:

Normally when we add new resources to Cataloger’s Desktop between issues we hold off announcing them until the new issue is rel[e]ased.  In this instance we have just added several resources that we would like to bring to your attention.  New to Desktop are:

* The 2009 release of the “Statement of International Cataloguing Principles” from IFLA, in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish.
* The Preliminary Consolidated Edition of ISBD from IFLA in English, Spanish, and French.
* The list archives of the SACO discussion list, SACOList.  (A description is available at <>.)
* “Authorities & Vocabularies” from the Library of Congress
* VIAF, the Virtual International Authority File

I’m happy to see access to the VIAF spreading.


OCLC’s Expert Community Experiment

Posted March 2, 2009 by Lois Reibach
Categories: OCLC

For a variety of reasons I haven’t posted much in the last few months, but I wanted to comment on OCLC’s Expert Community Experiment A few webinars were held to introduce the experiment, which went live in mid-February.  Slides from the webinars should appear shortly on the Experiment’s website.

There was a good bit of discussion about the Experiment on OCLC-CAT recently.  From the comments, it appears that people are in favor of the experiment for the reason that I joined the Enhance program over 20 years ago – that it is easier to make the correction with the book in hand and the record in front of you than to photocopy and submit the proof and wait for someone else to make the correction.

If this type of permission passes from an experiment to a permanent authorization, it will be interesting to see if the credits are just a token of appreciation, as the database enrichment, or somewhat closer to reasonable compensation, as the Enhance credit.

LC now using new genre/form headings

Posted January 6, 2009 by Lois Reibach
Categories: form/genre

If all went according to plan the Library of Congress was planning to begin exclusive use of their new genre/form headings in the areas of moving images and radio programs on Jan. 1, 2009.  I just did a little quick searching in their catalog and didn’t find any examples yet. 

Scott M. Dutkiewicz has compiled a list of LCSH Moving Image Genre-Form Headings that is available here or here.

Authorities Futures – Thom Hickey presentation

Posted December 5, 2008 by Lois Reibach
Categories: identities, Worldcat

Thom Hickey gave a presentation entitled Authorities Futures at the Libraries Australia Forum 2008.  He blogs about his experience here.  One of the attendees, Paul Hagon, gives his impressions here.  The powerpoint for the talk is available here.  When I was looking at the slides, the one that caught my eye illustrated a function called Worldcat Identities Merge.  I contacted Thom to find out availability and who will be authorized to merge, and received the following response:

The merge function isn’t available yet.  What we will probably do is bring it up on the parallel Identities site we run out of research.  No schedule yet, but probably early 2009.  We are also working on a ‘split’ function, but that has more challenges for the user interface.
To merge you will have to be logged in (we will be using the WebJunction login, which is shared with  Anyone can obtain an account, but this will help us track changes.

I definitely plan on using this function when it is available!

In memoriam

Posted November 7, 2008 by Lois Reibach
Categories: Uncategorized

My father, Max Rosenstein, died on October 30.  Our frequent father-daughter trips to the bookmobile when I was a child had a strong influence on my decision to become a librarian.

When neither my parents or my siblings understood the title of this blog, I used a family story to illustrate disambiguate.  I’d like to share that story now.

When I was growing up, only 8 Rosensteins were listed in the local phone book.  Ironically, two of the families, both with first initial M, lived on the same street, which was only a few blocks long.  One day a new car was delivered to our house.  I wanted to keep it, but it was quite apparent to us that the car was for the other M. Rosenstein on our street.  In order to disambiguate the Rosensteins, the driver would have needed the full first name or the correct house number.

Before I started this blog, I read Blogging for dummies.  One of the recommended decisions was how personal the blog should be.  I had decided that for the most part I would not get personal, but I had to mention the passing of my father.

News from American Libraries

Posted October 17, 2008 by Lois Reibach
Categories: Uncategorized

George M. Eberhart, Editor, American Libraries Direct, has sent an email blast to library bloggers asking us to announce the following:

1. Our weekly e-newsletter, American Libraries Direct, is now available to anyone who wants to sign up for it, not just ALA members. The sign-up form, as well as the FAQ, is at .


2. American Libraries has launched its own blog, AL Inside Scoop, . Editor-in-chief Leonard Kniffel offers an insider’s view of goings-on at ALA headquarters and what hot topics ALA staffers are talking about in the hallways. Associate Editor Greg Landgraf offers his perspective from “the lower floors” of what many see as the ALA ivory tower.


3. Login is no longer required to view the current issue of the American Libraries print magazine online (in PDF format), or to view the archives, which date back to the January 2003 issue. Go directly to . First-time viewers will need to install the ebrary reader to view issues. To download, go to . Firefox 3 users installing the reader for the first time will need a workaround, , to make the ebrary reader work with their browser.

 I feel honored to be included in the blast.

Posted October 15, 2008 by Lois Reibach
Categories: LCSH, linked data is a project that has been discussed in the recent past on NGC4LIB.  For a brief explanation that begins

This is an experimental service that makes the Library of Congress Subject Headings available as linked-data using the SKOS vocabulary. The goal of is to encourage experimentation and use of LCSH on the web with the hopes of informing a similar effort at the Library of Congress to make a continually updated version available.

as well as acess to the dataset, go here.

For a more detailed explanation about the project, see the paper Ed Summers presented at DC 2008 entitled LCSH, SKOS and Linked Data.

Bernhard Eversberg has used the dataset created by to help users of the database at Universitätsbibliothek Braunschweig search by authorized heading when they only know the keyword, by starting their search here.