Friday, June 19, 2009

Call for Papers: Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

CCQ welcomes the submission of research, theory, and practice papers relevant to the broad field of bibliographic organization.

This journal, published now 8 times a year by Taylor & Francis, LLC, is respected as an international forum that emphasizes research and review articles, description of new programs and technologies relevant to cataloging and classification, and considered speculative articles on improved methods of bibliographic control for the future.

Articles are particularly welcome in areas dealing with research-based cataloging practice, including user behavior, user needs and benefits. Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts via email with attached word document to the Editor, Sandra K. Roe, Bibliographic Services Librarian, Illinois State University (email:

Special Issues
Colleagues interested in guest editing a special issue or expanded double issue are invited to contact the Editor with a general proposal, tentative schedule, and CVs. Previous special issues have included:
  • Metadata and Open Access Repositories (Michael Babinec and Holly Mercer, Guest Editors)
  • Bibliographic Database Quality (Jeffrey Beall and Stephen Hearn, Guest Editors)
  • The Intellectual and Professional World of Cataloging (Qiang Jin, Guest Editor)
  • Knitting the Semantic Web (Jane Greenberg and Eva Méndez, Guest Editor)
  • Cataloger, Editor and Scholar: Essays in Honor of Ruth C. Carter (Robert Holley, Guest Editor)

  • Annual Best Paper Award
    Taylor & Francis sponsors an annual prize for CCQ with a small financial stipend for the Best Paper of the Year.

    Free Print Sample
    A free print specimen copy may be obtained by sending an email to

    For More Details
    Further details may be found at the CCQ home page.

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    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    Preservation Actions, MARC 21 Field 583, and Communal Local Holdings Records in OCLC WorldCat

    A white paper entitled, "Preservation Actions, MARC 21 Field 583, and Communal Local Holdings Records in OCLC WorldCat," is now available via the CONSER Web site. It discusses a proposal to record data on preservation actions and commitments for print serials. The collection of this data is necessitated by the trend in some libraries to discard print copies when online versions are available.

    Report from the Joint BIBCO CONSER Operations Meeting and the CONSER Operations Meeting

    The report from the Joint BIBCO CONSER Operations Meeting held April 30, 2009, and the CONSER Operations Meeting held April 30-May 1, 2009, is now available on the CONSER Web site. Topics covered include:
    • Proposal to make field 008/39 obsolete (cataloging source data)
    • Use of the term "Online" as a series qualifier
    • Repeatable MARC 260 field guidelines
    • MARC 853 field for print archiving
    • Individual CONSER memberships
    • Coordination with Serials Solutions on CONSER MARC records
    • NISO best practices for title changes
    • RDA and LCRIs
    • Google Books Library Project records
    • CONSER practice on MARC 776 and 856 fields in print records

    Tuesday, June 2, 2009

    “Harnessing the Spiderweb: Collaborative Serial Maintenance, Challenges and Solutions at UC” recorded by Lisa S. Blackwell

    Blackwell’s report covers a presentation given at the 2008 NASIG Conference by Sarah Gardner, Melissa Beck, and Valerie Bross on a cooperative cataloging project undertaken by University of California system libraries. The logistics for setting up the UC CONSER Funnel are discussed.

    This report is available in The Serials Librarian, vol. 56 (2009), pages 240-245 and to NASIG members on the NASIG Web site.

    “Taking the Sting Out of Multiple Format Serials Displays” recorded by Jean Sibley

    This is a report of a presentation given by University of Kentucky librarians Marsha Seamans and Nancy Lewis at the 2008 NASIG Conference. They discussed their efforts to improve access to multiple format serials (particularly online journals) in their online library catalog. This report will be of greatest interest to libraries using the Voyager ILS, as its focus is on Voyager’s bibliographic record linking feature.

    Find this report in The Serials Librarian, vol. 56 (2009), pages 220-225 or NASIG members can access it via the NASIG Web site.

    “MARC Holdings Conversion: Now That We’re Here, What Do We Do?” recorded by Patricia Howe

    This is a report of the session presented at the 2008 NASIG Conference by Steven C. Shadle (moderator) and Siôn Romaine, Frieda Rosenberg, Ted Schwitzner, and Naomi Young (presenters).

    Presenters for this strategy session covered some of the benefits of using the MARC Format for Holdings Data. They also provided tips for planning a conversion project and discussed the outcomes, both the expected and the unexpected. The report wraps up with a lengthy list of “lessons learned.”

    This conference report appears in The Serials Librarian, vol. 56 (2009), pages 168-180. It will also be available to NASIG members on the NASIG Web site.