After many months of conversation, internal testing, plus one substantial live run, we are thrilled to announce that Backstage is now able to add 34X fields to your bibliographic records as part of your automated RDA enrichment processing.
Under RDA, the 34X fields provide a place for characteristics of an item’s format and presentation, allowing details that go beyond the prescribed range of CMC terms in the 33X fields. These descriptors are often already present in the MARC record, but they are scattered across a range of fields and subfields. Placing this information into 34X fields can make the data more accessible to emerging discovery tools, opening new avenues for faceted search and linked data.
The Council for Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has announced the third year of its competitive grant program for digitizing collections of materials that have a high scholarly research value in libraries and other cultural memory institutions.
Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will consider grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 for individual projects and up to $500,000 for collaborative, multi-institution projects. Continue reading →