Tuesday, March 9, 2010

RDA (Resource Description and Access) Toolkit - a video tour

For Catalogers and other Metadata specialists, here is the URL link to a sneak peek of RDA (Resource Description and Access) Toolkit. RDA replaces AACR (Anglo American Cataloging Rules) as the new cataloging standard. The video (almost 1 hour) titled RDA Toolkit: a guided tour was released by ALA Publishing during ALA Midwinter in Boston and is available at this link: http://vimeo.com/9379154

The tour includes:
• Description of the RDA Toolkit
• Overview of the RDA Toolkit contents at launch and beyond
• Tour of the RDA Toolkit interface including Search, Browse, Bookmarks, Workflows, Maps, and more
• Launch timeline
• Details of the Complimentary Open Access period
• RDA Toolkit pricing for the US
• Linking from external products to the RDA Toolkit

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New 'Did You Know' video series

This is another official update to the original 'Did You Know' video series. This Fall 2009 version includes facts and statistics focusing on the changing social media landscape. Here are some interesting facts:

Did you know:

  • Over 1,000,000 books are published worldwide every year

  • Google books search scanner can digitize 1,000 pages every hour

  • Americans have access to 1,000,000,000,000 web pages; 65,000 iphone apps

  • print newspaper circulation is down 7 million over the last 25 years, BUT in the last 5 years unique readers of online newspapers are up 30 million

  • 250 million unique visitors collectively visit social network spaces such as You Tube, Face Book and My Space every month

The video posted on YouTube is available here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8