Thursday, August 21, 2003

ANSI/NISO Z39.71 -1999 

From the NISO website:

Holdings Statements for Bibliographic Items
Equivalent international standard: ISO 10324

Abstract: Specifies display requirements for holdings statements for bibliographic items to promote consistency in the communication and exchange of holdings information. The standard applies to holdings statements for bibliographic items in any physical or electronic medium. It may be applied to electronic resources available to an institution, either under its control, or available under other arrangements. It applies to both manual and automated means of recording holdings. This new standard replaces both the Serial Holdings Standard Z39.44 and the Non-Serials Holdings standard Z39.57.

There's been some discussion on SERIALST this week about this standard, which in fact allows more flexibility than in the past, mainly due to the fact that it works with the different formats of a resource. How it displays to your patrons is still up to the way you can make your ILS work for your library.

I have to agree with the people in the list discussion who say standards are a good thing. Yes, standards can sometimes be limiting to the groups utilizing them and limited in how they function, but I don't think libraries would function nearly as efficiently as they do without the myriad of standards we work with. Granted, a lot of people will say that libraries in fact don't function efficiently, and I can't argue with that, either. However, standards, especially as they can apply to our catalogs, help our users immensely, I believe. One can use any library catalog in the world, language notwithstanding, and understand what information is being provided, because cataloging standards outline what and where it should be in a record for a resource.

The technical side of all of this is another world of problems entirely. We have standards, yes, but if the way that information is displayed (especially concerning various formats of serials) is confusing and not intuitive, then we could say that we're really _not_ helping our patrons. This situation is one that we've been discussing for years, and I have some hope that the implementation of FRBR may answer some of these issues.

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Longer ISBN numbers  

This was approved back in May, and I'm sure it's been mentioned in other places. I've got some catching up to do. ISO 2108, the International Standard Book Number is being revised.

From the NISO web site:

"As of January 2005, the U.S. article numbering authority, the UCC, will begin to move the ubiquitous UPC barcode to the UCC/EAN-13 international standard. By January 2005 retailers will have to be equipped to read the 13 digit barcode and companies trading non-book goods will be using a 13-digit identifier. Extending the ISBN to 13-digits keeps the book industry in synch with the larger (and global) business and retailing communities."

More complete info on how to get ready for the new ISBN

I can't speak authoritatively as to how much this will impact current library systems that are in place, but my first thought is that it probably won't.

Monday, August 18, 2003

Digital Licensing Online course 

From the SERIALST list serv today. This sounds like it would be a good class for someone who may work in a library with limited professional development budget (and what budget isn't limited these days?) and either works in this area of the field, or has an interest.

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Dates: September 22 2003 to November 20 2003
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Participants will receive three e-lessons per week for
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* Key concepts in licensing arrangements
* Key clauses
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