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One New Thing
Monday, August 29, 2005
 
I know it’s been awfully quiet around this blog recently…give me another few weeks to see how things look before I decide whether I need to change the concept to One New Thing a year, or something. ;)

Some New Things:
Making Online Information for all Australians a Reality is an issues paper presented by a reference group with the support of the National Library of Australia. The paper brings together the objectives and benefits of the idea of creating a national consortium of libraries, across sectors, to negotiate national licensing for information identified as relevant to all Australians. It seems this has been done successfully in other areas of the world, and would certainly be a great help to small libraries – giving them access to resources they would have no way to afford otherwise.

Speaking of papers, the ALIA Interlibrary Lending Expert Advisory Group is doing a review of the Australian Interlibrary Resource Sharing Code. They’re also calling for comments (well for the next 2 days!) so take a look and see at what changes are being proposed.

Just in case you have been under a rock (much like myself) and haven’t heard, there have also been meetings of the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules. A key part of the revision is the proposal for RDA - Resource Description and Access – “RDA is being developed as a new standard for resource description and access designed for use in a digital environment.”

And I’m sure some of you are missing my end-of-week links; I know I am! Here’s two:

Library offers imam, gypsy, gay person for 'loan'- What a great idea – borrow a person to chat with for your 45-min loan period. This would be a good idea for regular research projects too – for example local history libraries could get longtime local residents in. You could even catalogue local experts, and have library staff contact them if a patron wanted a chat. But I wonder where they’d put the barcode? ;)

Can't Wait for a Book? Paris Can Help - If your public library isn’t open every day, or your academic library doesn’t stock a lot of popular fiction – what are you waiting for? I would love one of these wherever you find softdrink vending machines!