Monthly Archives: June 2016

Save the date for the 2016 OH-IUG: October 7

The Ohio Innovative User’s Group (OH-IUG) 2016 meeting will be held on October 7th at the OCLC Conference Center in Dublin, Ohio.

The meeting is open to all Innovative customers in Ohio and the surrounding region.

More information about this meeting, and how to propose a program at it, is here.


–Mike Monaco

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ALAO TEDSIG 2016 Workshop — August 12, 2016, The University of Akron, Ohio

In the library technical services world, long acronyms are de rigueur, but ALAO TEDSIG is an overachiever, putting to shame NOTSL, ALCTS, and even the OLC TSD in that department. But I won’t hold it against them, because the ALAO TEDSIG is bringing Terry Reese to my library for a full day on using MarcEdit! Announcement follows:


ALAO TEDSIG 2016 Workshop

The ALAO Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group (TEDSIG), with cooperation from the University of Akron Libraries, is pleased to announce its 2016 workshop, “Streamlining Technical Services Workflows with MarcEdit,” with speaker and MarcEdit creator Terry Reese (Head, Digital Initiatives, The Ohio State University). Registration is open for the TEDSIG Workshop (August 12, 2016) at Bierce Library, University of Akron. This workshop will be on how to use MarcEdit to streamline typical technical services workflows, especially as they pertain to cataloging, file loading, and electronic resources. This workshop’s target audience are both those new to MarcEdit, and those who are familiar with MarcEdit but need a refresher.



–Mike Monaco

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The ISBN Odometer Has Flipped …

Ah, the glorious years of the 2000s.  For the publishing world, probably the next big event on the horizon after Y2K was the introduction of the 13-digit ISBN (International Standard Book Number) on January 1, 2007.  From roughly 1970 until 2007, ISBNs were 10 digits in length, having evolved from the 9-digit Standard Book Numbering (SBN) code.  Since each edition or variant of a book published between that period was assigned a (mostly) unique ISBN, the supply of available 10-digit numbers was destined to run out.

The solution in 2007 was the introduction of the 13-digit ISBN, with prefix 978.  Why did we start with 978, you say?  Because the new format was meant to be compatible with the “Bookland” European Article Number (EAN), which also used 978.  And you guessed it: there were only so many 978- ISBNs to go around as well, particularly in the burgeoning e-publishing environment.

All of which leads to … the 979 ISBN prefix!  The first 979- ISBNs were actually issued in France in 2009, but my library saw its first print materials with this 13-digit format just this year.  A strange thing we noticed was that, when upgrading the MARC record in our shared cataloging “client” (ahem), inputting the 979- ISBN did not produce a 10-digit (shorter) equivalent as usual.  A little research led us to understand that this is perfectly normal: 979- ISBNs are not convertible to a 10-digit format and exist only in a 13-digit format.

So don’t be too surprised when the ISBN odometer flips for your materials.  It’s probably OK to keep driving.

— Michael Christian-Budd

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