Cataloging & Metadata Communications
Minitex Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education (DIME) provides important announcements
and updates related to technical services. Below you will find links to our various print and
electronic communications. In addition, you will find links to other useful communication resources
from the cataloging community such as electronic discussion lists, blogs, and podcasts.
Digital Initiatives & Metadata Review
A monthly publication that includes sections targeted to staff working in the areas of cataloging
and metadata, digitization, and digital preservation. You will often find articles about training
opportunities, summaries about conferences our staff attend, RDA, and OCLC product and service
Minitex Twitter Account
A very efficient and easy way we update you on topics like general Minitex news and training, and
other continuing education opportunities in the region and beyond related to cataloging and all
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Blogs, Videos, Podcasts & News
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Electronic Discussion Lists
Popular discussion list on library cataloging and related subjects like systems, circulation,
and physical processing.
A list for metadata professionals on diverse topics such as standards, workflow, and systems.
Venue for dialogue on cataloging issues, OCLC services and tools, and other topics of interest
to the OCLC membership; official announcements from OCLC staff also appear.
Open only to staff at PCC BIBCO institutions.
Announcements and discussion on the BIBFRAME initiative, the successor to the MARC21 standard.
Open only to staff at PCC CONSER institutions.
Announcements on revisions to the MARC21 standard; occasional discussion also appears.
A discussion forum hosted by the Music Library Association; covers announcements and discussion,
including cataloging matters.
A list for catalogers specializing in audiovisual materials; announcements concerning the Online
Audiovisual Catalogers organization (OLAC) also appear.
For issues relevant to PCC institutions, such as NACO work and broader cataloging matters;
official PCC communications also appear from time to time.
Popular list dedicated to conversation on RDA application and implementation, rule
interpretations, and other related topics.
Primarily a channel for PCC catalogers managing the LC subject authority file; an announcement
list for revisions made to subject headings, genre/form headings, and classification;
conversations on LCSH and other related subject matters also appear irregularly.
Discussion on a wide range of MnPALS consortial matters; open to MnPALS and participating library staff.
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Stay up to date on cataloging news and events by visiting the following resources: