OCLC Training

Topic: Cataloguing Training – CatExpress
Host: Derek Taylor
Date: Monday, 1 October 2012
Time: 10:00, GMT Summer Time (London, GMT+01:00)
Session Number: 713 732 335
Registration password: This session does not require a registration password.

The CatExpress course curriculum covers the following areas and is the ideal course for Copy Cataloguers:

OCLC CatExpress Curriculum Guidelines

1.            Explain annual subscription term, limit on number of included records, and excess usage charges
2.            Locate and login to the CatExpress website
3.            Perform a numeric search using the basic search function
4.            Perform a word search using the basic search function
5.            Perform a search using the advanced search function
6.            Match a bibliographic item to a WorldCat Record
7.            Add simple local data to a WorldCat record
8.            Add & delete institution holdings on WorldCat
9.            Export and download files of MARC records for use in an electronic library catalog
10.          Track subscription usage using CatExpress reports

To register for this training session

Go to https://oclc.webex.com/oclc/k2/j.php?ED=184504047&UID=0&HMAC=313858b186e33d33977b8674a9924741f3394bb6&RT=MTgjMjE%3D and register.

Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

Please remember to download the course materials when you register.

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Registration is limited to 25 delegates, but the course will be repeated later in the year.


2012 Book Fairs

Below, is a list of some of the major book fairs occurring throughout the world in 2012. If you know of any that you would like added, please let me know.

New Delhi World Book Fair, New Delhi, India
25 February – 4 March 2012

Paris Book Fair, Paris, France
16 – 19 March 2012

Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, Italy
19- 22 March 2012

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Abu Dhabi, UAE
28 March – 2 April 2012

London Book Fair, London, UK
16 – 18 April 2012

BookExpo America, New York City, USA
5 – 7 June 2012

Cape Town Book Fair, Cape Town, South Africa
5 – 17 June 2012

Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany
10-14 October 2012

Sharjah International Book Fair, Sharjah, UAE
November 2012

It’s been ages since I last posted and it took me a moment (or two) to remember my password. A busy new job certainly has a way of putting other things on the back burner! To get some discussion going again, Inshallah, I thought a post on collecting works by Arab fiction writers might raise some interest.  

In preparing for a jaunt to the Doha Book Fair tomorrow, I was curious to see if submissions were in for the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) and indeed 13 titles have been longlisted: http://www.arabicfiction.org/longlist.html.

I also stumbled upon this link for Arabia Books http://www.arabiabooks.co.uk/page/8. Arabia Books is a London based publisher of fiction written in English by Arab writers and Arabic fiction translated into English.

And of course, there is the American University of Cairo Press http://www.aucpress.com/c-26-arabic-literature.aspx, offering an excellent selection of fiction titles.

Have other links to share? Please do!

Greetings all,

Pretty soon I will be starting my new job as Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions at Qatar University. With that in mind, I’ve been thinking about and reading up on Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA). What are the pros and cons, which vendors offer the best model, what is the breadth of titles offered through PDA systems, what constitutes a use, what about ease of access, how much to allot for PDA, and what restrictions (if any) are placed on users.

It made me wonder who else in Qatar has adapted a patron driven acquisitions model and thought perhaps this might be an interesting topic for the TS SIG to explore this year.

I’ve included a few articles, some blog posts on the subject, and links to vendors (that I know of) providing PDA models. Do add your thoughts and comments and readings you’ve encountered.


The July 2011 issue of Against the Grain contains a wealth of articles on PDA. Two of them are listed here.

Purchasing Options in Patron-Driven Acquisitions

Johnson, Robert. Against the Grain. 23. 3 (June 2011): 14-16

Patron-Driven Acquisitions: Collecting as if Money a d Space Means Something

Spitzform, Peter. Against the Grain. 23. 3 (June 2011): 20-26

Patron-Driven ebook Acquisition

Breitbach, William; Lambert, Joy E. Computers in Libraries 31. 6 (Jul/Aug 2011): 16-20

Ebook Update and Outlook: Considering Your Digital Collection Strategies

Kaser, Dick. Computers in Libraries 30. 10 (Dec 2010): 33-37

Developing a Multiformat Demand-Driven Acquisition Model

Levine-Clark, Michael. Collection Management 35. 3-4 (Jul 2010): 201-207

Blog posts and online articles

VLACRL Spring 2011: Patron-Driven Acquisitions panel (May 12, 2011)


Germany’s De Gruyter Tests PDA…Patron Driven Acquisition, That Is (March 11, 2011)


ALA Midwinter 2011: ALCTS Panel Considers the Impact of Patron-Driven Acquisition on Selection and Collections (January 13, 2011)


Patron Driven ebook Acquisition: Crab Legs vs. Spinach (June 21, 2010)


Patron Driven Acquisition – Librarian Survey (April 30, 2010)


Off the Shelf: Patron-Driven Acquisition (January 1, 2009)


EBL’s Ebook Library Blog


Vendors offering PDA

EBL Ebook Library


eBooks on EBSCOhost







A friend sent me this link: http://influx.us/onepager/

It’s an interesting concept – a one page library website that focuses on one core activity – searching.  Although still in it’s infancy stages, I thought maybe some libraries here might want to take a look at it.

I also found his article on OnePager on the Museum 2.0 blog site:


This post will focus on any and all aspects of Arabic Cataloging.

For example. Here’s a question to the group – Are you outsourcing your Arabic cataloging? If so, can you recommend a reliable company to perform Arabic cataloging? Let us know.

It’s not easy to find information on Arabic Cataloging (at least on in English :). The Princeton Library site: http://library.princeton.edu/departments/tsd/acm/acmmain.html is a good source of information on Arabic Cataloging. It contains the Best Practices for Arabic Script Cataloging final draft document developed by the Middle East Librarians Association and presented at their November 2010 meeting.

If you have favorite Arabic sites, please add them to this post.

 Arabic Union Catalogue



There always seems to be articles about ebooks, so… think it’s time for a post just for them. We have ereaders, now we have ebooks. Share the articles you come across.