Putting XML to Work in the Library: Tools for Improving Access and Management

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-0863-1
Published: 
2003
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ALA Editions
Pages: 
208
Width: 
7"
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10"
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Softcover
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  • About the Authors

Optimize information access across platforms, vendors, andthroughout your library! Offering the advantages of both control and flexibility, the authors show how librarians using XML can begin to selectively impose control in the haphazard digital environment.

XML, the language of the Web, is becoming the tool of choice to modernize the technical infrastructure in the information profession. XML champions Miller and Clarke argue that for dealing with content, metadata, and access issues, XML provides an elegant and useful solution. Offering a universal format for data and document exchange, XML addresses many shortcomings of Web access, but how and where should you start?

Putting XML to Work in the Library offers complete answers to these questions, as the authors outline small proactive steps for libraries, illustrated with specific examples. This user-friendly roadmap outlines basic, practical applications of XML——Extensible Markup Language, derived from SGML.

It addresses such technical questions as:

  • What is XML and why is it important?
  • How can XML address libraries' technical challenges?
  • When and how are style sheets and schemas used?
  • Where does XML come into play to strategically integrate with MARC and AACR data?
  • What makes for a "well-formed" XML document that conforms to XML rules of syntax?

Embrace XML standards and extend bibliographic control into new areas.

For librarians working in systems, technical services, cataloging, and as webmasters, these are the tools you need to create more integrated solutions to organize and create access to information.

Dick R. Miller

Dick R. Miller is the head of technical services at the Lane Medical Library at the Stanford University Medical Center. His extensive information systems experience led to his early promotion of using XML in libraries, notably in "XML: Libraries' Strategic Opportunity," published in the summer 2000 issue of Library Journal NetConnect. In addition he led in the development of XOBIS, an experimental schema for bibliographic and authority information and has advocated an XML replacement for MARC. Formerly, Miller was associate librarian at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He has made a number of presentations on XML for groups such as ALA's MARBI/CC:DA, the Medical Library Association, and most recently the FRBR Working Group of IFLA. He earned his MLS from the University of Oklahoma.

Kevin S. Clarke

Kevin S. Clarke is a digital information systems developer at Lane Medical Library at the Stanford University Medical Center. He was formerly a digital information systems programmer at Lane and a cataloging assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a co-presenter on "XML for Librarians," a continuing education course at the Medical Library Association meeting in Florida in 2001 and wrote "Updating MARC records with XMLMARC" in XML in Libraries. He received an MSIS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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