August 9, 2016
ALA’s ALCTS (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services) has been presenting and publishing RDA webinars since 2010. You can register for live upcoming presentations (this also gives you unlimited access to the recorded webinar); buy recordings up to two weeks after the live event; or wait six months until the recorded presentation is made available without charge. These webinars can be invaluable for initial training, for learning how to apply RDA in a new context, or for a refresher.
Upcoming webinars are listed here:
Cataloging and RDA webinars, specifically, here:
And free RDA webinars can be accessed here:
If you’re curious about ALCT’s other webinars, check out their general playlist on YouTube:
July 26, 2016
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From a notice posted on OCLC-CAT by Anna Sylvester, OCLC Product Analyst:
Connexion client version 2.63 is now available for download from the Software Downloads area of OCLC’s Product Services web site. Please be aware that:
- You will be required to upgrade to version 2.63 by 28 February 2017
- An upgrade warning message will begin appearing when you start Connexion client 2.50 or 2.51 beginning in early January 2017
- We recommend that you review the upgrade instructions before installing Connexion client 2.63
- To help prevent installation problems with Windows Vista, 7, 8/8.1 and 10, please right-click the file you downloaded and click Run as Administrator
Getting ready for Unicode
This release of Connexion client 2.63 is part of a group of changes that OCLC is making to expand WorldCat support for full Unicode characters and scripts to better represent your international collections. When complete, WorldCat will expand support from 15 scripts to all scripts that are represented in Unicode.
This means that by the end of 2016, WorldCat users will have the ability to:
- Catalog using full Unicode (available now in Connexion client 2.63)
- Upload records with full Unicode
- Search across full Unicode
As you catalog using Connexion client 2.63 please be aware that:
- WorldCat now supports all Unicode characters. OCLC has removed all limitations on MARC-8 and selected non-MARC-8 scripts. If you rely on validation to block unsupported characters, you may need to update impacted workflows.
- Connexion client 2.63 supports all Unicode characters through version 8.0.0 of Unicode.
- You can use previously unsupported characters to add new bibliographic records to WorldCat, replace records in WorldCat, import records into the client and export records from the client. All other functions for bibliographic records support these characters as well.
- You will not be able to use the newly supported characters to search WorldCat until later in 2016. OCLC will announce when searching for the new characters in WorldCat is ready to use.
- Authority records continue to be limited to the MARC-8 character set.
- You have a choice to export bibliographic records in MARC-8 (the default) or in UTF-8. If non-MARC-8 scripts are exported in MARC-8 data format, the non-MARC-8 characters are saved in Numeric Character Reference (NCR) format.
- Valid Unicode characters can appear as empty boxes if they are not supported in your default font.
- The Arial Unicode MS font that OCLC recommends will not support all scripts. You will have to search for fonts to cover some of the new scripts OCLC supports. Fonts that support these scripts vary in their ability to display characters outside of the script they were designed to support. You may have to experiment to see which font works best for your needs for a particular script. The font selected as the default in the client is applied to the entire record. You may have to move between two fonts to see all of the characters in a record.
If you need assistance installing the Connexion client, please contact an OCLC support office.
May 27, 2016
Catalogers working with music materials will want to be current with the Music Library Association’s Best Practices for Music Cataloging Using RDA and MARC21. Since February of last year, this document has been integrated with the RDA Toolkit (under the Resources tab). You need not be logged on to the Toolkit to access Best Practices, but the links to RDA instructions will not work unless you are.
If you want to consult a more traditionally formatted document, the old website of the former Bibliographic Control Committee of the Music Library Association has links to PDF files of Version 1.1 (the final version issued as a complete stand-alone PDF file), a list of changes between versions 1.01 and 1.1, and Supplements to Best Practices for Music Cataloging Using RDA and MARC21, version 1.5, 12 April 2016 (this last document is also available at the current website of MLA’s Cataloging and Metadata Committee). Be aware, of course, that the Toolkit-integrated document will presumably be more up to date.
May 23, 2016
Announced on the RSC website:
The RDA full record examples on the Toolkit website have been revised. The examples show authority and bibliographic records in both an RDA element view and a MARC encoding view of the record.
There are also two examples showing diagrams of specific RDA entities, elements, and relationships. More will be added later.
That examples page also includes a link to rball versions of some of the bibliographic examples; they are available in both RIMMF native RDA format and RDF linked data format.
These examples may be accessed from the RDA Toolkit website (http://www.rdatoolkit.org/examples/MARC) or from the link on the Tools tab in RDA Toolkit (http://access.rdatoolkit.org/).
The examples are freely available to all. No subscription to RDA Toolkit is required to access and download the examples.
Posted:23 May 2016
May 11, 2016
Walt Nickerson has recently published updated versions of his four macro books:
The long list is in alphabetical order, so look in the middle for M: Macro book: Essentials; Macro Book: Extras1; Macro Book: Extras2; and Macro Book: MacroTools. There is also, right above these, a handy list of all the macros in the four books, “Macro book listing.”
Terry Reese announced new additions to MarcEdit on April 30. He has added a new tool, UNIMARC Tools, for moving data between MARC21 and UNIMARC, and a new option has been added to the Replace function.
Update on MarcEdit: Terry has just (as of today, May 13) announced that he plans a few more updates for the weekend. If you use MarcEdit and want to be up to date, it would be a good idea to subscribe to his list, MARCEDIT-L (MARCEDIT-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org).
November 26, 2013
Richard, Jennifer and I (Joy) were presenters at the 2013 Illinois Library Association Annual conference back in October. Our session was the oh so ever popular topic of RDA.
We described the session as: Want to know what has changed in the MARC record with the implementation of RDA? An overview highlighting the differences, from the simple to the complex. We will look at cataloging examples in a variety of formats.
The PowerPoint presentation is here and the PDF with speaker notes is here.