It’s been a while since I’ve added a post on this blog. I was planning to write a big summer report on attending LODLAM, ALA in Chicago, Rare Cataloging at Rare Book School, RDA NACO training (no link provided b/c the LoC site is down!), and other exciting cataloging related things I’ve been up to since June. But then the #shutdown happened on Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 at midnight.
At first I could’t catalog effectively. No Authorities, id.loc.gov, MARC Bibliographic, or Library of Congress OPAC!
But thankfully the RDAToolkit, Catalogers Desktop, and ClassWeb are still up and running. With my normal cataloging toolbox limited, I thought I would turn to the other half of my work and edit some metadata. Then today I tried to validate my MADS XML records only to discover that the LoC hosted XML schemas were down too!
It’s amazing how the repercussions of this government shutdown can trickle down to the everyday librarian. Until this all gets sorted out, I suppose I’ll catch up on my blog post writing.