WHEN I SEARCH THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AUTHORITIES SITE FOR THE AUTHORITY RECORD FOR THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
It’s a catalog card for a book about cataloging with catalog cards — that’s now in an online catalog. It’s like inception for books.
Catalogers, metadata librarians, digital humanists and coding
I’d like to revisit a recurring theme for this blog — catalogers and metadata librarians learning to code. It’s a topic I think about a lot — especially with regard to the direction our profession is going in and the skills we’re expected to have. Recently, digital humanists have helped me fine-tune my understanding of this issue. I think digital humanists and catalogers have a lot in common because, at heart, many catalogers are humanists — our background is often not computer science, but the humanities. I know that’s true for me. At college, I majored in art and fashion design before switching to religion and theology. The most insightful post I’ve found so far is The Code Problem written by Rafael Alvarado, Associate Director of SHANTI at the Unversity of Virginia. He addresses the question — Why should digital humanists code? — and talks about the assumptions swirling around coding that often cause anxiety and hold people back from learning what’s becoming (in both our fields) an essential skill.
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(via Resource Description & Access (RDA): Art Catalogs Flowchart) #RDA for dummies. This is nice, actually.
J.H. Bowman, Essential Cataloguing (via thecommonlibrarian)
Great advice, not limited to catalog[u]ing.(via librarylinknj)
“May Subdivide Geographically: Wit and Humor in Librarianship, See also: Librarians—Humor”
I love seeing librarian autobiographies!
Love this title.
So I come across weird things when browsing cataloging rules/authority files. My favorite example of proper capitalization is in AACR2 for proper names of Satan. Like “His Satanic Majesty” should be capitalized. Today I came across a gem while trying to look up the correct LCSH subject heading for recipes with eel in it. I was browsing the “cooking” list of terms for eel and came across this. I kind of stared at it for a minute because I was sure it had to be a joke.
The scary thing is that for this heading to exist it means that there are books/materials out there that have at least 20% content of material in them on cooking with semen. I did not know this existed. Thank you classificationweb.net for informing me that people do actually cook with and publish books about semen.
Sometimes? I see a 505 and I’m just…
Apparently AACR2 has provisions for books written by deceased authors through spirit mediums.
You rock, library sciences.
Thanks Helen and Alison.
I’m rather sure that when a layperson imagines an MLIS program, they imagine my Cataloging and Classification class. There are whole days on the syllabus labeled things like: MARC formats, metadata schemas, subject headings, Library of Congress Classification, Dewey Decimal Classification, etc.
I’m not saying this is a bad thing. I’m just saying that I spent this afternoon (the first day of my second semester of Library School) with a cotton candy haired, glasses wearing, library-world icon lecturing me about bibliographic control. Squee!
She also offhandedly told us she has a conference call with the Library of Congress on Monday. If ever there was a way to get a bunch of library students to shut up and listen to every word you’re saying with bated breath…