Saturday, May 28, 2016

RDA Cataloging News and RDA Bibliography


RDA Cataloging News and RDA Bibliography


RDA Cataloging News and RDA Bibliography is a compilation of News, Events, Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Training, Articles, Books, Presentations, Videos, Workshops, Training, Web Articles, Blog Posts, Reviews Etc. on Resource Description and Access (RDA), Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2), MARC21, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD), Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD), Subject Cataloging, Descriptive Cataloging, BIBFRAME (Bibliographic Framework), Linked Data, Etc.

RDA Cataloging News is an initiative by RDA Blog. It combines the entries of RDA Bibliography and also items on Subject Cataloging. Please suggest entries to be included in RDA Cataloging News (preferably through RDA Cataloging - Google+ Community on Resource Description and Access (RDA) or by any other means of your wish).

This issue of RDA Cataloging News covers the period October 4, 2015, to May 2016. We are trying to make this a quarterly publication appearing in January, April, July, and October.


  • News
  • Events / Workshops / Seminars / Conferences / Training / Etc.
  • Web Articles / Blog Posts
  • Articles
  • Books
  • Presentations
  • Thesis
  • Videos

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Thursday, May 26, 2016


Books and Thesis by Salman Haider on Library and Information Science, Library Cataloging, and Resource Description and Access (RDA)


  • Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices : Use of RDA by Academic Libraries
  • Information Access Through The Subject : An Annotated Bibliography


Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices : Use of RDA by Academic Libraries / by Salman Haider & Primary Research Group Staff. - New York : Primary Research Group, 2016. (111 pages ; 28 cm.). ISBN: 9781574403831

Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices : Use of RDA by Academic Libraries / By Salman Haider


Primary Research Group is the publisher of Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices : Use of RDA by Academic Libraries. PRG publishes research reports, surveys, and benchmarking studies for businesses, colleges, libraries, law firms, hospitals, museums, and other institutions. Based on substantial primary and secondary research, benchmarking studies by PRG allow institutions to compare their budgets, managerial decisions, technology purchases, and strategic visions to those of their peers. 


Primary Research Group Inc. has published the Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices: Use of RDA by Academic Libraries, ISBN 978-157440-383-1 The study presents data and commentary from 60 predominantly academic libraries about their use of Resource Description and Cataloging, or RDA. The questionnaire was largely designed and the summary written by award winning cataloging and metadata librarian Salman Haider... ... Data is broken out by of academic institution, tuition level, and type or Carnegie class among other variables.

The study reports on library perceptions of RDA, ease of implementation, librarian training and use, and reception by patrons, among other issues. The study presents detailed commentary on the integration of RDA with ILS systems, and reports on the impact of RDA on cataloging productivity and use of staff time. It also contains detailed information on how librarians are training for use of RDA and what resources they are using to accomplish this. The report also looks at the general state of cataloging in academic libraries with questions about budget, staffing, technology use and more.

Just a few of the report’s many finding are that:

According to the survey participants 111.72 minutes is the mean extra time needed for every 10 library items cataloged using RDA vs. prior procedures. The median time extra was 50 minutes, and the range was from 0 to 600 minutes.

A plurality of survey participants were not in favor of retro-conversion services for RDA cataloging as they do not think that it will result in saving of time and money, and high quality records. Out of all 56 responses received 26 were against retro-conversion, 12 favored it, and 18 responses contained mixed opinions.

35.59 percent of all survey participants say the library has spent “about the same” on cataloging over the past five years, while 32.20 percent estimate that they have spent “somewhat less.” Just 8.47 percent of participants say their institutions have spent “somewhat more” on cataloging.


James WeinheimerDirector of Library and Information Services, American University of Rome, Rome, Italy [July 11, 2016] --  Incredible finding (that was met with complete silence) in the report “Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices: Use of RDA by Academic Libraries”.


Information Access Through The Subject : An Annotated Bibliography / by Salman Haider. - Online : OpenThesis, 2015. (408 pages ; 23 cm.)

Annotated bibliography titled Information Access Through The Subject covering Subject Indexing, Subject Cataloging, Classification, Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems, and Subject Approaches in Bibliographic and Non Bibliographic Databases etc.

Information Access Through The Subject

The project "annotated bibliography" was worked out as Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) dissertation in the Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University, IndiaInformation Access Through The Subject is a very much appreciated work (see Testimonials). It earned the author S. Bashiruddin – P. N. Kaula Gold Medal, Post Graduate Merit Scholarship, First Division, and IInd Position in the MLIS program.

MLIS Thesis is available and discussed in following places:
Information Access Through The Subject

All librarians and information professionals may use information from this thesis for their writings and research, with proper attribution and citation. I would appreciate it if you would let me know, too! Please cite as given below:


Professor Shabahat Husain, Chairman, Department of Library and Information Science, Librarian, Maulana Azad Library, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, India [2002] -- This MLIS thesis is worth a Ph. D.

Michael F. Bemis, Reference Librarian and Writer - Washington County Public Library, Woodbury, Minnesota, USA [May 2015, posted on Librarianship Studies & Information Technology Blog Guest Book] -- I wanted to complement you on your annotated bibliography entitled "Information Access Through the Subject." I recently became aware of your work through a notice on LinkedIn, of which I am a member. It is clear that you have put much time and effort into creating this well researched document. 
I also would like to extend my congratulations on a very well designed and user friendly website, namely, "Librarianship Studies & Information Technology." I discovered this site while searching for your previously mentioned bibliography.



Rabindra K. Maharana [April, 2015] Thanks a lot sir for sharing such an informative material.


Some interesting discussion on LinkedIn CILIP Group on Information Access Through The Subject

John LinsayReader in Information Systems Design at Kingston University, London, England [2015]
  • Salman Haider
    One should start with Foskett, a Subject approach to information. Each of the five editions, over nearly fifty years, gives a very useful history. The weakness is that he rather limits himself to scientific information (as was fashion able with information science) and has been rather weak on the humanities, leaving that to someone else

  • Salman Haider
    Say it a coincident one article written by my Supervisor Prof. Shabahat Husain, is cited in the the fifth edition of Foskett's Subject Approach to Information... and this books is also consulted during the work on my MLIS thesis.

  • Salman Haider
    Excellent, his five versions are worth knowing, and the trouble is all five of them will be hard to find in one library. What is the Husain article, as I don't have fifth edition to hand at the moment?

  • It is about Faceted Classification philosophy and Colon Classification system by Dr. S.R. Ranganathan. He did some work on this during his research in Loughborough University, England.


Roger HawcroftLibrary Consultant & Social Justice Activist, Queensland, Australia [October 4, 2015, posted in Collaborative Librarians International group] -- This is an excellent work with a relatively unique perspective. I am surprised it hasn't had greater attention and I would certainly recommend it to all those interested in the vagueries and complexities of achieving better access to materials than many traditional approaches have provided.


Thanks all for your love, suggestions, testimonials, likes, +1, tweets and shares ...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Subject Indexing Process

Information Access Through The Subject

Subject Indexing Process


A new article in the Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog  provides an exhaustive description of Subject Indexing Process


  • What is an index?
  • What are the most trusted definitions of an index?
  • What is subject indexing?
  • What is the subject indexing process?

          The term ‘index’  has been derived from the Latin word ‘indicare’ which means to indicate or to point out. Here it refers to guide to a particular concept in a document.
          Index is a systematic guide of items contained in a document or concepts derived from it. Items denote the name of the author, title, etc.; concepts may be  like classificationcataloguing, etc. To elaborate a bit more it may be said that an index is a systematic guide to the items of published literature in a collection, or concepts derived from a collection.
          The purpose of index is to locate and retrieve the needed items or concepts in a collection.
          An index is consist of entries. Each entry is a unit of an index. These entries are arranged in a systematic order.  ... ... ... ... (Visit below link to read complete article)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Resource Description and Access RDA Blog Revision

Resource Description and Access RDA


Resource Description and Access RDA Blog Revision: RDA Blog has undergone some major revisions.

  • RDA Blog has moved to HTTPS from HTTP 
  • Formatting Changes in RDA Blog posts and Pages 
  • References in Resource Description and Access RDA Blog 
  • RDA FAQ - Resource Description and Access Frequently Asked Questions Revision
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Librarians Personality Development

Librarians Personality Development


Personality Development and Personal Development of Librarians and library professionals are explained here. This section starts with a background and definition of a librarian, followed by a brief description of personality development, personal development, and why it is so important for librarians to possess an impressive and strong personality. Contents of broad areas determined to work on for Librarians Personality Development is then provided which covers topics such as, education, willpower, habits control, health, lifestyle, technology and communication skills.


My 8 Library and Information Science blogs including Resource Description & Access (RDA) and Librarianship Studies & Information Technology are a reflection of my quest for knowledge in Library and Information Science. 

The articles written in these blogs started with my desire to learn about those topics. For this, I use to carry out extensive study and research on those subjects and write in an organized way so that I may refer to the presented information later on, whenever I need. I do this, as the capacity of the brain is limited to hold and remember information. At the same time, I thought there are many library professionals who desire to learn for the same information, so I also share the information about the articles published on my LIS blogs through the social media.

In continuation of my quest for professional knowledge on library issues, I also thought to learn how I can better my personality. Hence, I have started this new section on my personal blog Salman Haider named Librarians Personality Development


According to Glossary of Library and Information Science, "A librarian is a person who is in charge of or works professionally in a library and is responsible for its management and services. Librarian takes care of the library and its resources. Typical job of a librarian includes managing collection development and acquisitions, cataloging, collections management, circulation, and providing a range of services, such as reference, information, instruction, and training services, etc. ... ... ... Librarians are regular people who have interests in all sorts of different thing. Strong libraries build strong students and it is the librarian who actually manages the functions and services of the library. In an academic setup students performance improves significantly with high librarian collaboration. ... ... ... New age librarians are not mere bookworms, they are high-tech information professionals, and clever communicators, helping patrons dive in the oceans of information available in books and digital records." (Read full article: Librarian : Glossary of Library & Information Science)


Personality is the sum total of all physical, mental, and emotional attitudes, values, interests, and motivational factors. Personality is the core potential that determines one's success in life and career.


Personality development is defined as the relatively enduring pattern of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that distinguish individuals from one another. The dominant view in the field of personality psychology today holds that personality emerges early and continues to change in meaningful ways throughout the lifespan.


Personal development covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.


Librarians are the face of the library, and it is important they possess an impressive and strong personality. Following broad areas are determined to work on to achieve a strong personality and for the overall personal development of library and information science professionals:


  • About Personality / Personal Development
  • Education / Learning / Mind Power Techniques
  • Willpower / Habits Control / Time Management
  • Health / Workout / Yoga
  • Lifestyle / Positivity
  • Technology / Gadgets
  • English Language / Communication Skills

  • Author
  • Permalink
  • Testimonials


Articles on general guidelines for personality and personal development. This section also includes articles not covered by other mentioned sections of Librarians Personality Development.


Articles on Education / Learning / Mind Power Techniques


Blog articles on strengthening Willpower, Self Control, Habits Control, and Time Mangement.


Blog articles presentations and videos on Health / Workout / Yoga:
  • Librarians Personality Development - Exercises and Workout [Librarians are the face of the library, and it is important they possess an impressive and strong personality. For Librarians Personality Development the primary and foremost thing is health. Nowadays in modern libraries, most of the works by the librarians are done on the computer and their sedentary lifestyle makes them unfit. After the age of 40 many library professionals develop symptoms of cervical and spondylitis, big tummy, put on weight, etc. due to their unhealthy lifestyle and lack of physical activity. Exercises for librarians and computer users in office and home are given in this blog post to help library professionals become active, healthy, and regain proper body shape. Bookmark this blog post and visit frequently in office and home, and do as many exercises and workouts to see the positive impact and transformation in your personality yourself. The whole body exercises especially useful for professionals who are too busy at office and home, spend too much time on a computer, and don't get time to go to gym.] ... ...
  • Gym Workout Schedule and Diet Plan [Gym Workout Schedule and Diet Plan for a Healthy Body. Bodybuilding has a lot of impact on personality development. The first impression of your personality is your physical looks and body. This comprehensive article will help you in your bodybuilding plan.] ... ... 
  • Health Fitness Aging [External articles on preventive health, fitness, and aging shared on the Google+ Collection - Personality Personal & Self Development] [In Process/Under Development] ... ... 
  • Happy Healthy New Year 2017 to Library Professionals [Dear Library and Information Science Professionals, wish you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year 2017] ... ...
  • Healthy Food Recipes [Healthy Food, Recipes, and Diet Plan to complement with your Workout] [In Process/Under Development]


Articles on Lifestyle and Positivity:


Articles on Technology and Gadgets:


Articles on English Language and Communication Skills:



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Thanks all for your love, suggestions, testimonials, likes, +1, tweets and shares ...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Extended Date Time Format : Glossary of Library & Information Science

Glossary of Library & Information Science


A new entry in the Glossary of Library & Information Science in Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog  provides an exhaustive description of Extended Date Time Format (EDTF)


  • Extended Date Time Format
  • Availability of EDTF
  • Features and Structure of EDTF
  • Adoption of EDTF
  • Examples of EDTF
  • Tools for EDTF
  • Used for
  • References

Extended Date Time Format  The Extended Date/Time Format (EDTF) is a draft date-time standard initiated by the Library of Congress with the intention of creating more explicit date formatting and addressing date types that are not currently regulated by ISO 8601. The date time format ISO 8601 describes a number of date/time features, some of which are redundant and/or not very useful, on the other hand, there are a number of date and time format conventions in common use that are not included in ISO 8601. ... ... ... ... (Visit below link to read complete article)