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Report on the Annual meeting of the Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group in Anaheim on June 24, 2012

The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group met at the ALA Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA on Sunday, June 24, 2012.  There were three presentations on the topic of “Traditions and Transitions in Library Catalogs.”

Masha Stepanova, Catalog & Slavic Librarian at Miami University, Oxford, OH, was installed as the incoming chair of CCRIG.  Nastia Guimaraes, Electronic Resources and Serials Cataloging Librarian, University of Notre Dame, was elected as incoming vice-chair.

 

Rachel Ivy Clarke, Paul J. Weiss, and Violet Fox presented “Everyday Cataloger Concerns: A Research-Based Agenda for Library Cataloging,”

a report on a project to determine what kinds of research catalogers think it is important for researchers to do. The project involved focus groups to identify the most important problems faced by practicing catalogers.  Transcripts from participants were analyzed to identify representative research questions and actionable investigative suggestions to be addressed.  The next steps in the project will be to finish the content analysis, compose questions, and survey catalogers about which research areas are most relevant and important to them.

 

Kelley McGrath, Metadata Management Librarian, University of Oregon, presented “Fishing for FRBR in MARC, Mining for Data in Free Text.” This

report described the development of a prototype  FRBRized discovery interface to help users identify movies and versions. Results lists in the interface also provide facets for attributes such as genre and the original date of the movie.  The use of the XC Metadata Services Toolkit to extract MARC data posed issues for the automated identification of the original dates of movies. The discussion included the methodology used for identifying data elements, especially those that potentially occur in multiple MARC fields or may be hidden in free text fields like notes, as well as examples of the problems encountered, and an initial assessment of the accuracy of the process.

 

Kimmy Szeto, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Maritime College, State University of New York presented “RDA in RDF: Transitioning to the FRBR Catalog and the Semantic Web.”  This presentation discussed the reasons for transitioning from AACR2 to RDA, and the application of RDA in the current catalog environment. It included a theoretical overview of RDA, RDF and Linked Data, as well as a demonstration of converting and encoding actual bibliographic records to RDA, RDF and XML.  RDF graphs were used to illustrate linking data in triples.  The presentation included an explanation of RDA as RDF registered properties in the Open Metadata Registry.

 

Please, see the attached PDF files to view the presentation slides.