Free! February Digital Scholarship Newsletter Now Available!

The February Digital Scholarship newsletter is now available. It contains a quick summary of Baylor Digital Scholarship activities for the month, including: what’s happening in the Jones Digital Scholarship Space and on the 84” Touchscreen, project updates for ongoing projects with faculty and students, and a report on a successful in-class DS workshop. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter email list so you receive the March issue.

Changes in the Dottie Riley Conference Room

From Nils Holgersson:

Several technology updates have taken place this week in the Dot.  The most obvious is the 52″ Sony TV set was replaced with an 80″ Sharp.  The new screen size will accommodate new, as well as existing features, such as the following:

  • Users will be able to view text easily, without having to reduce the display resolution.
  • The new size will allow participants in a video conference, when in content sharing mode, to easily view the video and content simultaneously.
  • It will also accommodate the use of a new feature we’ve added to the room, called Barco Clickshare.

The Clickshare system will allow users to wirelessly display up to 4 simultaneous laptops.  As you can imagine, displaying more than one laptop will eat up some screen real estate thus making that 80″ very valuable.  If you are interested in using Clickshare, we’ll be holding a training session next Monday, July 22 from 2-3pm.  Please join us if you’re interested.

We’ve also changed the touch panel and it’s location.  The new touch panel is 7″ and has more advanced features than the previous panel, such as the ability to display images and video.  The new panel now sits on the equipment cabinet at the rear of the room.  The touch panel design is still currently a work in progress, but it’s fully functional.

You will also notice that the laptop connection points have changed from VGA to HDMI.  An HDMI cable has been provided in the room for you to connect your laptop to the wall.  Most if not all laptops now have HDMI, or some other type of digital output that can be adapted.  If you have any questions about connecting and/or adapting your laptop to HDMI, we’d be happy to assist.  Feel free to email Kathryn Coleman, Ben Wong, or Michael Hannon.

Zotero training/refresher

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.

If you are in need of finding a way to organize and cite your research or personal resources, or just want to learn about this tool that many students and faculty at Baylor like to use, or if you’ve sat in on a Zotero session before and just want a refresher, please come to this session on July 25 at 3:30 in Jones 105.  You can bring your own laptop or use the computers in the classroom.

RDA Changes to Authority File

From Allison Yanos:

Resource Description and Access, more commonly known as RDA, is the new cataloging code that is replacing AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd Edition).  On March 31, 2013, the Library of Congress (LC) and other national libraries officially adopted RDA rules for all new cataloging/bibliographic records.  Additionally, only RDA authority records are now permitted to enter the LC/NACO Authority File.  Note: for those unfamiliar with authority control this Wikipedia article is informative.


The implementation of RDA-based authority control was handled in two main phases by the Library of Congress.  In Phase 1, authority records that were not suitable for RDA use were flagged with a particular MARC field stating that the heading in the 1XX field cannot be used under RDA until the record has been reviewed and/or updated. These records include elements not compatible with RDA or that require evaluation. These headings will be upgraded over time by LC and NACO participants.  Phase 2, which occurred in March 2013, consisted of certain automated revisions that were made to all appropriate authority records so that they could be re-coded as RDA and re-distributed. See the list below for some of the automated revisions that were made.


At the end of April, our authority control vendor, LTI, sent our quarterly files of new/modified authority records and existing bibliographic records with changed name, title, or subject headings.  This quarterly update included the Phase 2 authority record changes, which resulted in very large files:  over 170,000 bibliographic records with changed headings and over 75,000 new or modified authority records.  For the past two weeks, I have loaded those records into BearCat, so you may have already noticed some of the changes listed below.


Notable Changes from Phase 2 of RDA Authority File Implementation:


  • Bible Headings:
    • O.T. and N.T. have been removed from the headings for specific books of the Bible.  For example:  the subject heading Bible. N.T. Acts — Criticism, interpretation, etc. changed to Bible. Acts — Criticism, interpretation, etc.
    • When referring to the entire Old Testament or New Testament, the words are spelled out. For example: the subject heading Bible. O.T. — Hermeneutics changed to Bible. Old Testament — Hermeneutics.
    • As yet, many of these changes have not been implemented on the subject side under Bible stories.


  • Koran / Qur’an:
    • “Koran” has been changed to “Qur’an”. Adjectival use on the subject side has also been changed to “Qur’anic”
    • Note that the “alif” special character is used. It is not an apostrophe.
    • Example:  the subject heading Koran and philosophy changed to Qurʼan and philosophy.


  • Dates in Name Headings:
    • Most dates in name headings are now in RDA form. This includes changing “ca.” to “approximately”, “fl.” to “active”, spelling out names of months, expanding “cent.” to “century” and changing “16th cent.” to “active 16th century”, etc.
    • For a range of dates in ancient names, B.C. is used both before and after the hyphen, e.g Caesar, L. Julius (Lucius Julius), active 90 B.C.-43 B.C.
    • More examples:
      • Adam, de Saint-Victor, d. 1192 changed to Adam, de Saint-Victor, -1192
      • Bennett, Andrew J., b. 1841 changed to Bennett, Andrew J., 1841-
      • Akeroyd, Samuel, ca. 1650-ca. 1706 changed to Akeroyde, Samuel, approximately 1650-approximately 1706
      • Anthonello, de Caserta, 14th/15th cent. changed to Anthonello, de Caserta, active 14th century


  • “Selections” in Author/Title Headings:
    • Author/title records that previously had $tSelections have been changed to $tWorks.$kSelections.
    • For instance:  Nicetas, of Byzantium, 9th cent. Selections. German has been changed to:  Nicetas, Byzantios, active 9th century. Works. Selections. German.


  • Most abbreviations have been expanded:
    • “Dept.” has been changed to “Department” where it is appropriate. This includes geographic headings such as Doubs (France : Department) and the corresponding use in geographic subdivisions of subjects e.g. Dwellings – France –Doubs (Department)
    • Month names have been expanded to full form. This includes use in treaty and conference headings.
    • “arr.” has been changed to “arranged”
    • “unacc.” has been changed to “unaccompanied”.


  • Violoncello / Cello:
    • “Violoncello” has been changed to “Cello”. This is true for all occurrences in the Name Authority File, as well as some instances in the Subject Authority File.
    • Also included is the change from “violoncellist” to “(Cellist)” as a qualifier to name headings.

Updated KIC scanner overview

Thanks to John R. and Sarah F. we have an updated tip sheet/training guide for the new KIC scanner interface. The document is in “Forms and Tools” area of Info for Staff section of our website (Library Home | About Us | Info for Staff | Forms and Tools). The direct link is

New posters with tips for using the KIC scanners will be up next week.

One nice change with the new interface — the four green scanner buttons on the scanning bed are now available automatically (rather than having to select a batch scanning mode).

Also make sure you see the tip in the training document about reducing file sizes for completed scans.


KIC scanner output improved

A user complaint about low-quality output from the KIC scanners led to the discovery of an unintended setting in the KIC software. The software was downsizing all multi-page PDFs to 150 dpi. This made the quality of the saved images lower than the images viewed at the KIC stations. We have fixed this setting, so images saved will be at the setting selected by the user (which generally means low=150 dpi, medium=300 dpi, and high=400 dpi).

KIC Scanner Training

Jeff will do a demonstration of the new KIC scanners this afternoon. Here is the schedule.

Thursday, 18 Feb 2010

2:00 p.m. @ Jones 1st
2:45 p.m. @ Moody Garden Level
3:30 p.m. @ Jones 1st
4:15 p.m. @ Moody Garden Level

All Reference & Library Instruction, Access Services, and Fine Arts staff who didn’t attend the session yesterday are encouraged to attend. All others are welcome.

Additional documentation will be available soon.

If you would like a demo and none of these times works, send Jeff an email.