2012 news

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Help Desk opening hours over Christmas/New Year

The Libraries Australia Help Desk will operate during the following hours over the Christmas and New Year period: Monday 24th December 9.00am – 12.30 (AEST) Tuesday 25th December Closed Wednesday 26th December Closed Thursday 27th December Closed Friday 28th December Closed Monday 31st December Closed more...

Christmas/New Year suspensions in LADD

In order to relieve some of the workload on our ILL colleagues with ISO compliant systems we are going to continue the method for applying suspensions over this Christmas/New Year period that was trialled last year. If your library is more...

Who are we designing LA search for again?

The Libraries Australia Search Redevelopment (LASR) project is based on a user-centred design (UCD) methodology.  Fundamental to UCD is to have a good understanding of the types of people who use LA search, what they use it for, and under more...

Project update presentation available

Want to know a little more about the Project? A presentation about the Project was given by Project team members Joanna Meakins and Laurel Paton at the Libraries Australia Forum in October. It includes information such as Project goals, research, site visits, more...

Welcome to the Libraries Australia Search Redevelopment Project

A welcome from Marie-Louise Ayres, Assistant Director-General, Resource Sharing Division. "If there's one thing I've learned in my first year with Libraries Australia, it's that our members love to communicate and are wonderfully generous with their thoughts and insights. A more...

Linked Authorities product now available

Libraries Australia is pleased to announce that a new Libraries Australia product, Linked Authorities, is now available. Over the past year Libraries Australia staff have worked closely with OCLC staff to implement the Libraries Australia Cataloguing (CBS) Relate program, which more...

Enhancing and maintaining the quality of the Australian National Bibliographic Database

A brochure outlining the strategies and programs being implemented by Libraries Australia in a major effort to improve the quality of the ANBD was distributed at the 2012 Libraries Australia Forum. It is now available here. It also details the ways more...

Libraries Australia Forum - presentations now available

Presentations from the recent Libraries Australia Forum are now available here http://www.nla.gov.au/librariesaustralia/news-events/forum/2012-forum/2012-forum-program/ including the keynote speakers:  Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research; Judy Stokker, Director, Library Services, Queensland University of Technology and Bill Macnaught, National Librarian, National Library of more...

Libraries Australia maintenance on Saturday, 3 November 2012

Maintenance on the Libraries Australia Cataloguing service will require us to suspend some services on Saturday, 3 November.  This maintenance is required because we are making changes to storage. The disruption will affect cataloguing, RIS, RES and Products. We apologise more...

New standard for Minimum Record on Libraries Australia

We will be replacing the Libraries Australia Minimum Record Standard with a new standard. The new standard has a new name: Required Data Elements. At the moment it is a provisional standard only. The new standard, Required Data Elements, is more...

New version of Libraries Australia cataloguing

On Monday 15 October Libraries Australia will be releasing a new version of the Libraries Australia cataloguing system. This upgrade will require downtime of Libraries Australia cataloguing via the WinIBW cataloguing client and WebCat. The cataloguing system will be unavailable more...

Libraries Australia Help Desk closed Monday 1st October

Dear Colleagues, The Libraries Australia Help Desk will be closed on Monday 1st October 2012 for the Labour Day public holiday. You will still be able to enter your queries via our online form, however they will not be attended more...

042 $a anuc code in records for Australian material

We have recently  been doing some targeted data maintenance work for Australian material that is lacking the 042 $a anuc code – the Australian content  indicator. Unfortunately we’ve discovered quite a few bibliographic records for Australian publications that don’t have more...

Update on RDA changes in Libraries Australia Cataloguing and Search databases

This is the first of a series of updates that we will be sending you to tell you about the progress we are making in supporting the cataloguing, matching and merging, and also retrieval of RDA records in the Libraries more...

Libraries Australia Forum - Canberra 25 October 2012

The 2012 Libraries Australia Forum will be held at the National Library of Australia on Thursday 25 October 2012. The theme of this year’s Forum is ‘Exposing Hidden Collections’. The forum program includes the following keynote speakers: Merrilee Proffitt, Senior more...

August RAP and GOVRAP files now available

August Recent Australian Publications (RAP) and Recent Australian Government Publications (GovRAP) files are now available. Files are available sorted either alphabetically or by dewey classification. They also come in two formats, for viewing within the website (HTML) or in a more...

50 millionth holding added to the NBD

Monday 30 July was just a ‘normal’ day for the National Bibliographic Database.  160 libraries from across the country – big, small, public, government, national, state, special – contributed holdings to Libraries Australia that day, either online or via RIS.  more...

Searching for 13 digit ISBNs in 10 digit form

In Libraries Australia Search 10-digit ISBNs are automatically indexed, and are searchable, as the corresponding  13-digit number. However 13 digit ISBNs are not indexed as 10 digit numbers unless both numbers appear in the bibliographic record. If you have a more...

Record syntaxes supported via Z39.50 in Libraries Australia Search

The Libraries Australia Z39.50 Gateway supports access to ANBD bibliographic and authority files as well as many other databases, enabling you to download and save records then directly import them into your system. The Libraries Australia Search team is assessing more...

Relate linking software

Libraries Australia staff and staff at OCLC Leiden have been working for many months to configure and test the Libraries Australia Cataloguing (CBS) Relate software. The software matches headings in bibliographic records with the corresponding authority record. When a matching authority more...

Relate program & linking of bibliographic-authority records

Automated linking of headings in bibliographic records with their matching authority records has resumed in the Australian National Bibliographic Database. Libraries Australia staff have worked closely with OCLC staff to implement the Relate program, which performs offline linking of bibliographic more...

Have your say - Suggest ways we can improve Libraries Australia Search - survey closing 31 July 2012

In mid June we invited our members to participate in an online survey to provide feedback and comments about Libraries Australia Search. We would like to inform our members that we intend to close this online survey on 31 July 2012.  more...

Request for Expression of Interest in Provision of Training – Libraries Australia

Libraries Australia, through the National Library of Australia (NLA), is seeking an Expression of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified persons to conduct training in Libraries Australia services. Training in the use of Libraries Australia is conducted by NLA accredited trainers more...

Status of Libraries Australia Search

We are pleased to advise that record additions and updates to the NBD are being processed and are now visible in the search database. There are still delays with the Record Expert Service and Products which will continue for the more...

Continued delays in updating Libraries Australia Search

We are continuing to experience delays with the processing of bibliographic and holdings records added or updated in the Libraries Australia Search database.  The cause for these delays is being investigated. As the system is processing a large backlog of more...

Delays in updating of Libraries Australia Search

We are currently experiencing delays with the processing of bibliographic and holdings records added or updated in the Libraries Australia Search database. It is expected that record additions or record changes are unlikely to appear in the Search database until more...

June RAP and GOVRAP files now available

June Recent Australian Publications (RAP) and Recent Australian Government Publications (GovRAP) files are now available. Files are available sorted either alphabetically or by dewey classification. They also come in two formats, for viewing within the website (HTML) or in a more...

Suggest ways we can improve Libraries Australia Search

During the 2012-13 financial year, the National Library of Australia is redeveloping the Libraries Australia Search Service interface and database. (Development work will not be undertaken on any of the other Libraries Australia services, e.g. LADD, Cataloguing Client etc.) While more...

Upcoming Document Delivery Basics Training – QLD GOLD COAST

We would like to remind you of the upcoming training course in Libraries Australia Document Delivery Basics to be offered in the Gold Coast, Queensland on 17 July. Full details for the course is available on the Libraries Australia Training more...

May RAP and GOVRAP files now available

May Recent Australian Publications (RAP) and Recent Australian Government Publications (GovRAP) files are now available. Files are available sorted either alphabetically or by dewey classification. They also come in two formats, for viewing within the website (HTML) or in a more...

Upcoming Document Delivery Basics training - NSW

On Friday, 22 June 2012, Helen Loosli will run be running a Document Delivery Basics training course at UNILINC in New South Wales. This full day, hands-on course covers: how to search and view one’s own organisation details, and those of other more...

Libraries Australia Search maintenance this weekend

Maintenance will be performed on the Libraries Australia Search service this weekend starting at 5:00pm (AEST) on Friday (11 May) and continuing until early Monday. This maintenance is required to remove a number of unused indexes. The service will be more...

Upcoming Cataloguing Client Training - NSW

On Wednesday/Thursday 6-7 June 2012, Anatta Abrahams will run be running a Cataloguing Client training course at the State Library of New South Wales. This 2 day, hands-on course covers: searching for records using both commands and a search screen viewing records and more...

Libraries Australia Advisory Committee Papers April 2012 now available

Papers presented at the Libraries Australia Advisory Committee (LAAC) meeting held on 27 April 2012 at the National Library of Australia are now available: Libraries Australia Status Report November 2011-April 2012 Changes to public statistics Report on the Libraries Australia more...

April 2012 RAP and GovRAP files now available

April 2012 Recent Australian Publications (RAP) and Recent Australian Government Publications (GovRAP) are now available. Records from both services are a subset of the ANBD and are created by Australian libraries. There are Alphabetic and Dewey files available, in both more...

How is Libraries Australia planning to implement RDA?

The National Library of Australia, along with the Library of Congress, British Library, Library & Archives Canada, U.S. National Agricultural Library, and U.S. National Library of Medicine have agreed to implement RDA in the first quarter of 2013. During the more...

Maximum record length in Libraries Australia

The NSW User Group has asked a question about the length of Libraries Australia records that contain table of contents data. The question and Libraries Australia’s answer follow. Question: Can Libraries Australia improve the quality of the machine generated Table more...

Improved printing from LA website

Our friendly Web Services team have tweaked our website to improve the printing of pages from the site. Using your web browser print function you can now print pages from the website cleanly - without, navigation, sidebar or footers – more...

March RAP and GOVRAP now available

March Recent Australian Publications (RAP) and Recent Australian Government Publications (GovRAP) files are now available. Files are available sorted either alphabetically or by dewey classification. They also come in two formats, for viewing within the website (HTML) or in a more...

Public holidays and requests

When you request an item on LADD, the system automatically takes into accounts any public holidays and will calculate the expiry time of your requests accordingly. There is no need to suspend your library over the Easter period because of more...

Tasmania User Group meeting tomorrow

The Tasmanian Libraries Australia User Group will be meeting tomorrow from 1.00 to 2.00 pm at LINC Tasmania, 3rd Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart. User Group meetings are a great opportunity to network with users of Libraries Australia. You’ll also more...

Upcoming training for LADD - ACT

On Thursday 19 April Lynn Farkas will run a Document Delivery Basics course in the ACT. Training is a requirement before using the LADD system. It also offers the opportunity to learn the system in-depth and talk with other users to learn how LADD is used more...

LADD Service Levels - a quick reminder

Libraries Australia Document Delivery follows the three service levels set out in the Australian Interlibrary Resource Sharing (ILRS) Code. It is recommended that if you request rush or express, that you contact the responding library to let them know. To more...

Enhanced login to LA services from LA website

A new enhancement to the LA website allows members a simple one-step login from the one central location to the LA service of their choice. Simply navigate to the login area located on the top right hand side of the more...

New presentation - Fixed Fields in MARC records

A presentation given to the ACT LA User's Group is now available on our Presentations & Papers page. Fran D'Castro delivered a talk on Fixed fields in MARC bibliographic records and some fixed fields cataloguing tips. We will publish talks more...

Queensland User Group meets tomorrow

The Queensland User's Group will meet tomorrow, (Tuesday 20th March) at the State Library of Queensland, Level 4, Bank of Qld Learning Room. Please arrive at 9.15 for a 9.30 start. The meeting will be followed by a tour of more...

Upcoming training for LADD - NSW, SA & VIC

There are currently four courses advertised for LADD training, in New South Wales, South Australia (two courses) and Victoria. Training for LADD is  mandatory before using the system,  it allows the operator more in depth knowledge of using the system more...

Libraries Australia turnaround

Due to an extra large and unexpected file load, throughput to Libraries Australia Search has been compromised. This means there will be a delay with the processing of bibliographic and holdings records added or updated in the Libraries Australia Search more...

February RAP and GOVRAP now available

February Recent Australian Publications (RAP) and Recent Australian Government Publications (GovRAP) files are now available. Files are available sorted either alphabetically or by dewey classification. They also come in two formats, for viewing within the website (HTML) or in a more...

Libraries Australia Newsletter - March

The latest edition of the Libraries Australia Newsletter is now available to read from the website. Topics include the Australia Day Achievement Medallions, a new Libraries Australia Trainer biography, a report from VALA 2012 and what you need to set more...

New contributor - University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong has started loading authority records. So far 191 personal and corporate name authority records have been loaded. Some of these records include a field for the local identifiers.

De-Duping the ANBD

Presentation given by Carol Hamilton of Libraries Australia Database Services Team to the ACT Libraries Australia Users Group. The presentation (935 KB) gives information on how everyone can help keep the ANBD duplicate free. This presentation is a good working more...

New contributor - Vose Seminary Library

Libraries Australia welcomes Vose Seminary Library as our most recent new contributor of records via our Record Import Service.  Vose Seminary is a ministry of Baptist Churches Western Australia and was previously known as the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia. more...

Libraries Australia Outage

Libraries Australia Outage from 21.00 pm 15 February 2012 to 01.00 am 16 February 2012 Dear Colleagues, Please be advised that the National Library of Australia will have a scheduled internet outage from 21.00 pm AEST tonight (Wednesday 15 February more...

Digital Volcanoes and Data Flows

Carol Hamilton from the Libraries Australia Database Services Team has just given her 'Digital Volcanoes and Data Flows' presentation at the VALA 2012 conference in Melbourne. The presentation (PPTX 1.2 MB) outlines two new processes that could reduce your workload more...

Libraries Australia staff at VALA

Libraries Australia staff will be available at the VALA 2012 Conference in Melbourne from 7 to 9 February. Visit exhibition stand 83 to discover more about Libraries Australia services for our members. Staff from the Resource Sharing and Innovation Division will more...

Annual archiving of requests on the LADD gateway

The annual archiving of unactioned requests, previously advertised to occur during November 2011, will now take place during the week of 16 to 20 January 2011. All requests that have not been actioned since 1 July 2010 will be archived. more...

Brief records from YBP with Table of Contents (TOC) notes

We recently entered into a 3 year agreement with YBP for the supply of table of contents data to enrich Libraries Australia records. This follows the cessation of the former Blackwell service, which was taken over by YBP’s parent company, more...

Delay with processing records in Libraries Australia Search

We are currently experiencing a delay with the processing of bibliographic and holdings records added or updated in the Libraries Australia Search database due to a maintenance task. The records are being processed, however it is expected that record additions more...