Oil & Gas logs

Does anyone out there have any experience or are able to point me in the direction of any examples of cataloging oil and gas surveys and drilling logs?  We have a donated collection at my library and I'd like a little push in the right direction...

Any insight will be helpful...thanks!

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TLA Annual Assembly

Dear group,

I just wanted to drop a quick line about the upcoming TLA Annual Assembly. We will be meeting at Annual Assembly on Wednesday July 9, 2008 from 10:00 to 12:00.  Annual Assembly takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Austin. 

See the link below for housing and registration information.


We welcome ideas, volunteers, and suggestions as we plan for the Conference in 2009.  Let's hear from you!

Linda Turney

ALCTS E-Forum Discussion on Publisher/Vendor Supplied Cataloging Records

From the listserv:

This was posted on the alctsleaders listserv on June 5:

ALCTS E-Forum Discussion on Publisher/Vendor Supplied Cataloging Records

For many years, libraries have acquired cataloging records directly from publishers and vendors and the responsibility for copy cataloging or cataloging upon receipt has shifted from the cataloging department to the acquisitions department, resulting in new workflows.

The LC Working Group Report stated that much could be done to “increase the efficiency of bibliographic production and maintenance” by “making use of more bibliographic data earlier in the supply chain ” and by using “descriptive cataloging provided by book vendors and non-U.S. libraries.”

Visit http://www.ala.org/ala/alcts/newslinks/index.cfm#bc for links to several documents related to the LC Working Group Report and responses by LC and ALCTS.

We would like to hear about your experiences in using vendor and publisher supplied cataloging records.  How might this collaboration be improved?

The ALCTS e-forum on the use of vendor/publisher supplied cataloging records will begin on Tuesday, June 10, at 10am Eastern Daylight Time and continue until Wednesday, June 11 at 7pm Eastern Time.

The moderators will be Pamela Bluh, ALCTS President and Dina Giambi, ALCTS President-Elect.

To register, please go to http://lists.ala.org/sympa, click on ALCTS under the ALA Division heading, then chose alcts-eforum@ala.org.  If you registered previously for the ALCTS-eforum it is not necessary to re-register.  Membership in ALA or ALCTS is not required to participate. Instructions for obtaining a login and password may be found on the list homepage.

Pamela Bluh

President, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services
(ALCTS) a division of the American Library Association


Associate Director for Technical
Services & Administration
Thurgood Marshall Law Library
University of Maryland
School of Law
501 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1768

410-706-2372 FAX

Do you LibraryThing?

I realize I'm a bit behind the times here on this (heck...I just got a non-dial up connection at home this past month and I still don't trust those new-fangled "sell-u-a-fones"...) but I was wondering if anyone has tried LibraryThing (http://www.librarything.com)? 

Essentially, LibraryThing lets you catalog your own collection online.  You can import records from over 600 sources (including LC and Amazon).  You can edit the records, add tags, add reviews and comments, and share your biblio-joy with other like-minded readers in a unique social-networking environment.  

It sounds pretty neat and I've started trying it out...has anyone else?

Here's my LibraryThing...http://www.librarything.com/catalog/bermanesque 

RDA update

Hi all,

This is a little late in coming (password issues on my part), but...

We had a great pre-conference this year at TLA. Dr. Miksa gave a very informative presentation on the coming of RDA and what it means for us.

For those interested, here is a link to information on the latest meeting of the Joint Steering Committee directing this effort:


BTW: I have a .pdf file of the material that Dr. Miksa presented. I am either (a) entirely Library Journal illiterate or (b) there really is no way to attach a non-image file to this blog post.

If you'd like the .pdf, email me at taltos_sp@yahoo.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. If you're (unlike me) smarter than LJ and know how to post the .pdf to the blog so that everyone can enjoy, please feel free to contact me as well.



The Postmaster

I was chatting online with a friend last night and the topic turned to early 80's sci-fi and fantasy movies. Being the library dork that I am, I logged into our online catalog to see which ones my library owned.

_Krull_--Check, but it's checked out. I think it's been checked out since I added it several months ago.

_The Last Starfighter_--Check, but we only have it in VHS format.

Then I decided to search for _The Beastmaster_. I didn't think we had it since the DVD was only released fairly recently and I'm pretty sure I never bought it. When I ran the search, our Polaris ILS found no hits for "Beastmaster" and asked me "Did you mean 'postmaster'?"

The thought of Marc Singer delivering mail in a leather Speedo and talking to the letters--I just about fell out of my chair laughing.

I love the fact that our automation systems are becoming smarter, but they still have a loooong way to go...


LC Authorities via Z39.50

Does anyone know if the LC Authorities are accessible via Z39.50? There is a page, several years old now, on the LC website that says this functionality will be implemented soon.

If it's not available, does anyone know why?

I've contacted LC regarding this matter, but so far they've been silent.
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Program idea for TLA

Do you all think something like this would be useful? I sent it to TLA, but it's way past the deadline for the 2008 Annual Conference. I've been extremely distracted with implementing our new Polaris system, but it's almost finished now.



MarcEdit: the Cataloger's Secret Weapon

Desired Length: 50 minutes

Abstract: This is a technical program covering the functions of the freeware program MarcEdit 5.0. Features demonstrated will include batch Z39.50 downloading and batch editing of MARC files. Participants will receive an updated and well-researched list of public Z39.50 servers.

Program objective: To show catalogers an exciting tool for cleaning up and enhancing their MARC records.

Target audience: Catalogers. The fewer resources they have available, the better.

Speaker: Me. I have been cataloging for nine years and am currently the Assistant Director for Technology at the Weatherford Public Library. My duties include supervising the Technical Services Department and maintaining a database of 90,000 bibliographic records.

AV: Laptop and digital projector.

Cost: $0

Agenda: Planning Meeting 7/11/07

Here is the agenda for our meeting next week at Annual Assembly. Please contact me with any additions/corrections/etc. Thanks!

Shedrick Pittman-Hassett

When: Wednesday July 11, 2007 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Where: Austin Hyatt Regency

Shedrick Pittman-Hassett, Presiding Chair


Old Business

1. Approval of Minutes (Membership Meeting: April 13, 2007)

2. Programming for Conference 2008

3. TRGCC Stipend/Scholarship for Annual Conference

4. Open Discussion

New Business

1. Nominating Committee for 2008-2009 terms

2. Program Planning for Conference 2009

3. Open Discussion


WWDD: What Would Dewey Do?

Here is an example of a library in Arizona that is no longer asking themselves this question...


Have "nice" (in the Agnes Nutter sense of "precise") classification systems become obsolete in today's comsumer age? Should librarians give up their arcane and scientific systems of classification in response to today's demand for what is simple and fast? And by doing so, do we give up what makes Library Science a science?