Still on the MARC While Diving into Next Gen Cataloging and New Standards
During the fall of 2017, the Metadata Standards Committee surveyed a variety of organizations deeply immersed in the metadata needs of libraries, archives and museums (LAMs). Two vendors who responded, Backstage Library Works (specifically, Nate Cothran, President, and Kate Clayborne, Metadata Services Product Manager) and Casalini Libri (Michele Casalini, Managing Director), are meeting the needs of their clients by primarily working with MARC. As would be expected, they both pay close attention to the Library of Congress (LC) and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging when interpreting standards. Keeping up with the move from AACR2 to the new standard, Resource Description and Access (RDA), Backstage became involved as an official test partner in LC’s RDA pilot program and Casalini participates in the European RDA Interest Group (EURIG). Both companies are highly interested in BIBFRAME.
With over 25 years of experience, Backstage Library Works specializes in authority control, cataloging, reclassification, retrospective conversion, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site services, and has served libraries of all sizes and types, across the globe. Backstage has also “branched out into supporting several different kinds of XML metadata, such as TEI, EAD, DublinCore, CONTENTdm, and a host of other local library-generated XML. Backstage is actively investigating BIBFRAME and has started to delve into JSON in order to simplify metadata ingestion and exports.” Backstage also uses the METS standard with the Analyzed Layout and Text Object ( ALTO ) XML Schema in digitization services. Backstage currently provides linked data enrichment to MARC 21 records through means such as adding $0 to existing access points during authority control processing, and is discussing other ways to help libraries move into the use of linked data.
Casalini Libri was founded by Mario Casalini in the late 1950s, and provides full bibliographic and authority data, integrated services for the management of acquisitions, supply of books and periodicals, and full-text content for over 250 publishers, particularly in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Regarding metadata, Casalini Libri has a focus on “the production of metadata for all resource type publications in a standardized form, and the conversion of existing records to the same standardized metadata format. The company also works with defining and attributing identifiers, such as DOI and ISNI.” Casalini Libri works with MODS for digital resources. As an active partner in the SHARE-VDE project (Share Virtual Discovery Environment in Linked Data, www.share-vde.org), Casalini Libri currently “is experimenting with enrichment procedures for a more precise conversion into Linked Open Data, reconciliation and conversion processes, full adherence of the RDA guidelines for the creation of ‘well-done’ data, and the publication in a three-layered platform as one of the first examples of the practical application of BIBFRAME.” Casalini plans to offer a number of new services this year including URI registry, MARC enrichment with the preferred URIs for various entity types, and entity reconciliation as well as conversion into BIBFRAME and data publication applying the BIBFRAME model.