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New book delivers firm understanding of XML for those working in modern information discovery services

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Coding with XML for Efficiencies in Cataloguing and Metadata: Practical applications of XSD, XSLT, and XQuery by Timothy W. Cole, Myung-Ja (MJ) K. Han and Christine Schwartz.

London  ()

XML and its ancillary technologies XSD, XSLT and XQuery enables librarians to take advantage of powerful, XML-aware applications, facilitates the interoperability and sharing of XML metadata, and makes it possible to realize the full promise of XML to support more powerful and more efficient library cataloguing and metadata workflows.

Coding with XML for Efficiencies in Cataloguing and Metadata illustrates with examples how XML and associated technologies can be used to edit metadata at scale, streamline and scale up metadata and cataloguing workflows and to extract, manipulate, and construct MARC records and other formats and types of library metadata.

The authors said, "This is a work written by practitioners, intended for practitioners and especially for librarians new to the field who need to come up to speed quickly on XML and how it is used by libraries today. While by no means the only technology arrow in the modern-day cataloguer's or metadata librarian's knowledge and skills quiver, a firm understanding of XML remains relevant and helpful for those working in modern bibliographic control or with information discovery services."

Containing 58 sample coding examples throughout, the book covers:

  • essential background information, with a quick review of XML basics
  • transforming XML metadata in HTML
  • schema languages and workflows for XML validation
  • an introduction to XPath and XSLT
  • cataloguing workflows using XSLT
  • the basics of XQuery, including use cases and XQuery expressions and functions 
  • working with strings and sequences, including regular expressions.

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Coding with XML for Efficiencies in Cataloguing and Metadata | Apr 2018 | 208pp | paperback: 9781783303694 | £54.95

Timothy W Cole is Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Myung-Ja (MJ) K Han is a Metadata Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Christine Schwartz is a Metadata Librarian and XML Database Administrator at Princeton Theological Seminary.

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: | Web: | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.



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