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…