Catalogue & Index
The bumper 200th issue of Catalogue and Index is now available on our webpages: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.cilip.org.uk/resource/collection/0C44DCEE-84F7-4540-A5B6-716A05454B64/C&I_200.pdf
C&I has been published since 1966 and has been a witness to many momentous events in the world of metadata over the years. To this end, we thought this issue should adopt an historical slant as its theme and so we have invited past editors of C&I and past chairs of CIG (now MDG) to offer their views from their time in tenure. We also take a look back through the 200 issues to find out just what topics people have been writing about in the world of metadata for the last 54 years.
We also want to look forward (to the next 200 issues!) and feature pieces from four collaborative regionals groups operating within the UK who are discovering strengths and benefits from working together. In addition we have a research piece from Nigeria examining the challenges associated with performance appraisal systems used to assess cataloguers.
We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to any feedback from you. December will bring our conference paper issue, and remember to look out in 2021 for our calls for papers for future editions.
Karen Pierce and Philip Keates
Co-editors of Catalogue & Index
Catalogue & Index call for papers – Issue 200 (September 2020)
In January 1966 the first issue of Catalogue & Index was published, a year after the inauguration of the Library Association Cataloguing and Indexing Group. In September of this year we will reach issue number 200 and thought it a worthy achievement to celebrate. We are inviting people to not only look back over 54 years of cataloguing history and to comment on the innovations and leaps forward that have occurred but also to look forward to see where our profession is heading. We are open to a wide selection of topics for this issue. What is important to you in the coming years? What has been of benefit to you? If you have been working with metadata for a while what milestones have there been on your journey. This issue will celebrate history, but is also keen to look forward to what might be achieved in the future.
The deadline for this issue is 31st August. Please contact the editors (Karen Pierce: PierceKF@Cardiff.ac.uk and Philip Keates: P.Keates@kingston.ac.uk) with proposed papers, any queries, or if you want to offer a paper that does not fit into the theme mentioned. We are always happy to consider papers on topics unrelated to an issue’s theme, especially if it is the result of some research you have conducted, or a project you have been involved in. We encourage people from all sectors to contribute, and actively welcome international contributions as well. Papers can be up to 2,000 words, and we are happy to include a selection of images. Please check our guidance for contributors:
MDG Chair Jane Daniels and MDG committee member Dr Diane Pennington have been serving on the Joint USA (ALA ALCTS CaMMS), Canada (CFLA-FCAB CMSC), and UK (CILIP MDG) Cataloguing Ethics Steering Committee since the committee’s commencement in 2018. Their task is to develop a Cataloguing Code of Ethics, which is meant to be a dynamic document embodying the collective experiences and wisdom of cataloguing and metadata communities of practice. It will consist of general principles as well as case studies to be used as examples of best ethical practices.
Each Steering Committee member served as a liaison to a larger working group of professionals charged with making recommendations that then fed into the development of the Code. Jane Daniels liaised with the Authority Working Group, and Diane Pennington worked with the Resource Discovery and Accessibility Working Group. After receiving the Working Group reports, the Steering Committee members subsequently collaborated to develop a draft.
The draft Code was launched at an ALA ALCTS Competencies & Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group virtual meeting that was held on 10 June called “Cataloging Ethics: The Force Awakens.” A recording of the presentation and the Q&A session can be accessed here:
The draft Code can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DT1K2bEkbJN4-rLfC-cT20E4ThFkDsea_d4d1YTurf8/edit.
This draft is open for comments and questions until 1 August, 2020. The Committee encourages you to provide feedback and ask questions by using the “Comment” feature in the Google doc.
More information about the Steering Committee is available at https://sites.google.com/view/cataloging-ethics/home.
The Committee looks forward to your participation in this important effort.
Catalogue & Index 199 (June 2020) issue – Now available
The June issue of C&I focuses on the transformation of data, and includes a great selection of articles that range across MarcEdit, Open Refine, Wikidata, and Linked Data, and include some historical overviews to put the discussions into context.
The issue is available here:
Getting [library data] from there to here… by Richard Wallis
The multi-culturalism of metadata by Alexandra De Pretto
Library data as linked open data by Jason Evans
MARC transformed: MARC and XML –the perfect partnership? by Heather Rosie
Data manipulation using MarcEdit by Concetta La Spada
How Library Carpentry helps us to transform our data and our training by Phil Reed
Karen Pierce & Philip Keates
Co-Editors of Catalogue & Index
Nominations Open for the Alan Jeffreys Award 2020
Would you like to ensure that someone who has excelled in the technical practice area receives due recognition?
We invite you to send us nominations for the Alan Jeffreys Award 2020.
This biennial award was established in 1996 in memory of a former chairman of the Group.
It is presented to recipients in recognition of significant contributions in the fields of cataloguing, indexing or metadata management.
Nominations should provide evidence of exceptional achievement in one or more of the following categories and should also include an assessment of the impact that the nominee has had.
- Creation and/or delivery of education, training or CPD in the technical practice areas of the Information Profession
- Leadership in times of change
- Delivery of projects that enhances search and discovery
- Contributing to collection exposure and management
The 2020 award will be presented at the MDG conference in Birmingham 9th – 11th September with the recipient attending as the Groups’ guest.
To find out more about the Award please visit our Group pages and send nominations to chair.CIG@cilip.org.uk by 15th May.
Catalogue & Index Call for Papers – June (issue 199) 2020
In this issue we will be looking at the transformation of data. This could mean the crosswalking of data from MARC to Dublin Core metadata elements, historic mapping between UKMARC and MARC21, upgrading your records to RDA from AACR2, or any number of other things!
We’re also interested in how data is transformed as it is transferred between systems. Does the same data appear in multiple places (LMS, repositories, vendor systems, reading list software, websites…), and if so, how does it change? Does your data risk getting lost in translation between catalogue and discovery layer, for example, and what tips and tricks do you use to remedy this?
Do you fear for the integrity of your data when it leaves the nest, or do you see the transfer of data between formats and systems as unlocking previously unrecognised potential?
We’d love to hear your thoughts and stories!
The deadline for this issue is 31st May. Please contact the editors (Philip Keates: P.Keates@kingston.ac.uk and Karen Pierce: PierceKF@Cardiff.ac.uk) with proposed papers, any queries, or if you want to offer a paper that does not fit into the theme mentioned. We are always happy to consider papers on topics unrelated to an issue’s theme, especially if it is the result of some research you have conducted, or a project you have been involved in. We encourage people from all sectors to contribute, and actively welcome international contributions as well. Papers can be up to 2,000 words, and we are happy to include a selection of images. Please check our guidance for contributors:
Catalogue & Index 198 (March 2020) issue – Now available
The March issue of C&I celebrates the rebranding that is taking place this year, from Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG) to Metadata and Discovery Group (MDG). We do so by showcasing articles that highlight the range and variety of metadata work – from corporate taxonomies to research data management, and from digitised special collections to union catalogues, and include a guest editorial by Nick Poole (CILIP CEO).
The issue is available here:
What’s in a name? From CIG to MDG to CPD by Jane Daniels
Taxonomy design and creation best practices by Heather Hedden
Digitised Special Collections Modus Operandi: Metadata Creation and Standards by Ourania Karapasia
Metadata for better data by Alex Ball
NBK, Library Hub, and bibliographic data by Bethan Ruddock
Speaking at the Cambridge Libraries Conference 2020 by Concetta La Spada
And a call for nominations for the Alan Jeffreys Award
Catalogue & Index 197 (December 2019)
We’d like to announce that the December issue of Catalogue & Index (197) is now live, with many apologies for the delay.
From the Editorial: Catalogue & Index 197
In this issue, we offer a sample of the wide and varied range of research being conducted into – and making use of – bibliographic metadata.
The issue includes
Exploring bibliographic records as research data by Sarah Wallbank, Danielle A. Kane, Madelynn Dickerson & Joshua Hutchinson
Has FRBR revolutionised our catalogues? A comparative analysis of AACR2 and RDA formatted records to the FRBR model by Annick Stein
Disability and accessibility language in subject headings and social tags by Mackenzie Johnson & Carlie Forsythe
BIBFRAME-ing the rare books catalogue: the Art and Rare Materials (ARM) ontology and the transformation of special collections metadata by Argula Rublack
As you may be aware the Cataloguing and Indexing Group is changing its name to the Metadata and Discovery Group. We would like to celebrate this transformation with a special issue of C&I looking at the wider roles and responsibilities of the metadata world.
Does your role involve creating, managing, migrating or editing metadata in a variety of formats?
Do you work with and apply different standards to data in order to enable the discovery of resources?
Does your job fall outside of the traditional ‘cataloguer’ role?
Do you work with metadata in a non-traditional way?
We would like to hear from you if any of the above applies to you!
We are also interested in hearing from cataloguing and metadata specialists about what they think the future of their role / of working with metadata might entail. What is your vision for the future?
The deadline for this issue is 29th February. Please contact the editors (Karen Pierce: PierceKF@Cardiff.ac.uk and Philip Keates: P.Keates@kingston.ac.uk) with proposed papers, any queries, or if you want to offer a paper that does not fit into the theme mentioned. We are always happy to consider papers on topics unrelated to an issue’s theme, especially if it is the result of some research you have conducted, or a project you have been involved in. We welcome contributions from outside of the UK. Papers can be up to 2,000 words, and we are happy to include a selection of images. Please check our guidance for contributors:
We have the following title available to be reviewed for our journal Catalogue & Index. The book will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Myntti, Jeremy (2019, ed.) Sudden position guide to cataloguing and metadata. Chicago: ALCTS.
Please bear in mind the following:
We expect the review to be completed within three months of the reviewer receiving the book.
Reviews should be at least 600 words (and can be longer).
The review will be published in the first available issue of Catalogue & Index.
The reviewer will get to keep the book.
(Further guidance will be sent to the reviewer)
If you are interested please contact the editor: PierceKF@Cardiff.ac.uk