ALCTS CaMMS (Cataloging and Metadata Management Section) Section
"Reimagining the library catalog: changing user needs, changing functionality"
Do we need to change our perspective on what the catalog should be doing based on changes in the education and economic environment? What is needed, what could be changed, and what would be worth retaining, taking economic realities and educational goals into consideration? It has been argued that catalogs are not giving users what they need nor taking into account how they search. There is an objection to cataloging favoring the 1% using the library for research at the expense of the 99%. If cataloging practice is biased toward scholarly research, and we are able to change the bias, will this change the overall quality of education? If the bias is changed in favor of non-scholarly uses, how does the Library of Congress respond? What are the identifiable changes in scholarly discovery in the web environment that could change our perspectives on cataloging support of research?
- James Weinheimer, Information Consultant, Rome, Italy
- Kevin Ford, Digital Project Coordinator, Network Development and MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- John Myers, Catalog Librarian, Schaffer Library,
The MAGIRT/CaMMS Cartographic Resources Cataloging Interest Group will meet at ALA Midwinter in Dallas on Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 8:00 am to 9:45 am in D161.
Do you catalog maps, digital images, atlases or other cartographic materials?
Do you want to know how other institutions provide metadata for their digital collections of cartographic resources? Are you confused about how RDA will change your cataloging practices? Have you cataloged a digital map according to the PCC Provider-Neutral guidelines and wonder if you got it right? Have you implemented cataloging according to the BIBCO Standard Record, and does it save you time?
Then this group is for you!
Bring questions! Bring puzzles! You may even bring answers! Announcements are always welcome.
So far, the topics include RDA and cartographic resources cataloging. We have time for a few more, so please email me with other issues that you would like the group to address.
Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in Dallas!
Chair, MAGIRT/CaMMS Cartographic Resources Cataloging Interest Group
Social Sciences and Map Catalog Librarian
UCLA Cataloging & Metadata Center
CaMMS is looking for a volunteer to serve as Liaison to the ALCTS Newsletter Online. The
ALCTS Newsletter Liaison is a two-year virtual appointment, with the term starting July 1, 2012 and running through June 30, 2014.
The Liaison will be expected to:
- Keep abreast of new and newsworthy activities within the
- Deliver to the Editor a minimum of two articles per term
that are not conference-related, but do relate to the Section's area of
- Assist the Editor in soliciting and editing
conference-related reports from Section committees and interest groups.
If you are interested in this position, please contact Mary Mastraccio email@example.com