Laura! You are Into Cataloging. Are there any textbooks/workbooks/websites for someone who did their MLIS during AACR2 and needs an RDA update/general refresher?
Soo I really only have bits and pieces of cataloging down at this point as I’ve mostly learned through watching other people, I’m just weirdly eager to learn more. My actual cataloging course will be in the winter semester and we’re supposed to have a great RDA guy teach it. I’m always happy to pass on our resources then. If you’re looking for stuff now, the best I can do is offer these resources that I’ve browsed through and that I know my cataloging expert (my mom haha) has used to refresh:
1. LOC RDA training materials, which is a LOT to go through but has presentations, worksheets, quizzes, etc. http://www.loc.gov/catworkshop/RDA%20training%20materials/index.html
2. RDA Toolkit online for the rules/specifics, which sadly requires a subscription, but perhaps a friend or institution has subscribed?
3. Adam Schiff’s website has really useful AACR2/RDA comparison slides, and lots of them. I learn new things best when I have examples to look at, so this is helpful for me: http://faculty.washington.edu/aschiff/
If anyone else has something to share, please add!
Sounds like the Markup Wars will be long and painful. And possibly involve time travel.
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.
What makes a good cataloguer? The main thing is to have a sense of humour. You will have to apply rules which you find quite silly, and you cannot really take them all seriously. On a scale of the world’s problems, cataloguing would not feature at all. However, you must pretend to take them seriously, and pretend, while you are doing it, that cataloguing is the most important thing in the world. You must regard every decision, as well as every full stop and comma, as being of vital importance.
My upcoming autobiography on being a cataloger
“May Subdivide Geographically: Wit and Humor in Librarianship, See also: Librarians—Humor”
I love seeing librarian autobiographies!
Love this title.
library land- LCSH and semen
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.
Apparently AACR2 has provisions for books written by deceased authors through spirit mediums.
You rock, library sciences.