Facet Publishing have announced the release of Coding with XML for Efficiencies in Cataloguing and Metadata: Practical applications of XSD, XSLT, and XQuery by Timothy W. Cole, Myung-Ja (MJ) K. Han and Christine Schwartz.
XML and its ancillary technologies XSD, XSLT and XQuery enables librarians to take advantage of powerful, XML-aware applications, facilitates the interoperability and sharing of XML metadata, and makes it possible to realize the full promise of XML to support more powerful and more efficient library cataloguing and metadata workflows.
Coding with XML for Efficiencies in Cataloguing and Metadata illustrates with examples how XML and associated technologies can be used to edit metadata at scale, streamline and scale up metadata and cataloguing workflows and to extract, manipulate, and construct MARC records and other formats and types of library metadata.
The authors said,
“This is a work written by practitioners, intended for practitioners and especially for librarians new to the field who need to come up to speed quickly on XML and how it is used by libraries today. While by no means the only technology arrow in the modern–day cataloguer’s or metadata librarian’s knowledge and skills quiver, a firm understanding of XML remains relevant and helpful for those working in modern bibliographic control or with information discovery services.”
Containing 58 sample coding examples throughout, the book covers:
- essential background information, with a quick review of XML basics
- transforming XML metadata in HTML
- schema languages and workflows for XML validation
- an introduction to XPath and XSLT
- cataloguing workflows using XSLT
- the basics of XQuery, including use cases and XQuery expressions and functions
- working with strings and sequences, including regular expressions.
Timothy W Cole is Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Myung-Ja (MJ) K Han is a Metadata Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Christine Schwartz is a Metadata Librarian and XML Database Administrator at Princeton Theological Seminary.
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Facet Publishing have announced the release of the second edition of The Special Collections Handbook
This new edition from Alison Cullingford, Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford, is a practical day-to-day companion covering all aspects of special collections work.
Working with special collections can vary dramatically from preserving a single rare book to managing and digitizing vast mixed-media archives, yet the role of the information professional is always critical in tapping into the potential of these collections, protecting their legacy and bringing them to the attention of the wider public. This book offers up-to-date guidance which pulls together insights from best practice across the heritage sector to build innovative, co-operative and questioning mind-sets that will help them to cope in turbulent times.
Alison said “despite the challenges, the five years since the first edition have seen new reports, new collaborations , new publications and new standards; great progress has been made on digital curation, on tackling hidden collections, on doing what we do – better.”
Highlights of the new edition include coverage of new standards and concepts including unique and distinctive collections (UDCs); discussion of the major changes to laws affecting special collections; exploration of new trends in research including the rise of digital humanities, open access, the impact agenda and the REF; and consideration of impact and indicators, digitization and new skills frameworks from CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group and ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section.
Alison Cullingford is Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford, where she is responsible for over 100 collections of modern archives and rare books. The
service was the first English university to achieve Archive Accreditation. She also managed the Unique and Distinctive Collections project for Research Libraries UK. An active member of the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group and many other sector groups, Alison also regularly presents at conferences, blogs and tweets on the importance of the special collections librarian.
More information: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=301263
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Facet Publishing have announced the release of Linked Data for Cultural Heritage
In this new book Ed Jones and Michele Seikel along with a stellar list of contributors help readers understand linked data concepts by examining practice and projects based in libraries, archives, and museums.
Linked open data remains very much a work in progress, and much of the progress has taken place within the domain of the cultural heritage institutions. There is no question that the structure of linked data, and the machine inferencing it supports, shows great promise for discoverability. What will be the ‘killer app’ that breaks linked open data out to the wider world and accelerates its uptake? Perhaps it will be a project described in this volume.
The editors of the book said, “while we are still some distance from the world of linked data that Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler, and Ora Lassila envisaged fifteen years ago when they first proposed a Semantic Web, this book provides a snapshot in time of the current linked data landscape among libraries and other cultural institutions – many very large datasets have now been made available as RDF, and the SPARQL query language enables sophisticated queries across datasets.”
The book examines projects including Europeana, the Digital Public Library of America, OCLC’s use of Schema.org and the development of the BIBFRAME data model and discusses how to migrate from a MARC to a linked data environment, how controlled vocabularies integrate with linked data and the role of authority control, identifiers and vocabularies including Web Ontology Language (OWL).
Ed Jones has been cataloguing serials, on and off, since 1976, and over the years has authored several scholarly papers and made numerous presentations on serials cataloguing, the FRBR and FRAD conceptual models, and RDA. He has been a member of the CONSER Operations Committee, on and off, since 1981, and recently served as an RDA advisor. In 1995, he received his doctorate in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is currently associate director for assessment and technical services at National University in San Diego.
Michele Seikel is a tenured professor and cataloguing librarian on the library faculty at Oklahoma State University. She has published several research papers in peer-reviewed technical services journals. In ALA, she has co-chaired the Cataloging Norms Interest Group and the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section’s Policy and Planning Committee. Currently, she chairs the ALCTS Planning Committee.
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Facet Publishing have announced the release of Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals
David Stuart’s new book is the first accessible introduction and practical exploration of ontologies specifically written for library and information professionals.
More data and information are being created than ever before. Ontologies, formal representations of knowledge with rich semantic relationships, have become increasingly important in the context of today’s information overload and data deluge. The publishing and sharing of explicit explanations for a wide variety of concepts, in a machine readable format, has the power to both improve information retrieval and discover new knowledge. Information professionals are key users of and contributors to the development of new and increasingly useful ontologies.
Speaking about the book, David Stuart said, “Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals has three aims; firstly to demonstrate the importance of ontologies for knowledge discovery, secondly to show the important contribution information professionals can make to the development of ontologies, and finally to provide a practical introduction to the development of ontologies. The book covers the semantic web and existing ontologies including RDF, RDFS, SKOS and OWL 2 and shows you how to adopt, build and interrogate ontologies.”
David Stuart is an independent information professional and an honorary research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, and was previously a research fellow at King’s College London and the University of Wolverhampton. He regularly publishes in peer-reviewed academic journals and professional journals on information science, metrics, and semantic web technologies, and in 2015 began writing a regular column for the journal Online Information Review called ‘Taming Metrics’. He has previously published Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals (Facet Publishing, 2014) and Facilitating Access to the Web of Data (Facet Publishing, 2011).
New from Facet Publishing: Managing Metadata in Web-scale Discovery Systems edited by Louise F. Spiteri, Dalhousie University.
Libraries are increasingly using web-scale discovery systems to help clients find a wide assortment of library materials, including books, journal articles, special collections, archival collections, videos, music and open access collections. Depending on the library material catalogued, the discovery system might need to negotiate different metadata standards, such as AACR, RDA, RAD, FOAF, VRA Core, METS, MODS, RDF and more.
With this new book, you can harness the power of linked data and web-scale discovery systems to manage and link widely varied content across your library collection.
Editor Louise Spiteri and a range of international experts show you how to:
- maximize the effectiveness of web-scale discovery systems
- provide a smooth and seamless discovery experience to your users
- help users conduct searches that yield relevant results
- manage the sheer volume of items to which you can provide access, so your users can actually find what they need
- maintain shared records that reflect the needs, languages, and identities of culturally and ethnically varied communities
- manage metadata both within, across, and outside, library discovery tools by converting your library metadata to linked open data that all systems can access
- manage user generated metadata from external services such as Goodreads and LibraryThing
- mine user generated metadata to better serve your users in areas such as collection development or readers’ advisory.
The book will be essential reading for cataloguers, technical services and systems librarians and library and information science students studying modules on metadata, cataloguing, systems design, data management, and digital libraries. It will also be of interest to those managing metadata in archives, museums and other cultural heritage institutions.
Co-published by Facet Publishing, ALA and CLA, RDA Essentials is the new concise guide to cataloguing with RDA (Resource Description and Access) and is essential reading for those seeking a simplified path to creating basic RDA records.
Useful as a quick reference source, author Thomas Brenndorfer describes the key RDA concepts and vocabulary and distils RDA instructions, matching them to cataloguing practice in easy-to-follow language. The guide is fully up-to-date with the latest revisions to RDA, making it an excellent introduction whilst also serving as a bridge to more complex cataloguing
RDA Essentials is an ideal resource for:
- small libraries that require standard cataloguing
- LIS students who need an introduction to cataloguing
- professionals seeking a ready reference source to RDA
- experienced cataloguers needing a quick summary of RDA practice.
A handy access point for solo and part-time cataloguers, Brenndorfer’s guide also supports training and classroom use in any size institution. It will be useful reading for cataloguers and metadata specialists, systems librarians, user services managers, electronic resources librarians, and digital library project managers and students on cataloguing, information management and digital library courses.