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CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group 2014 Annual meeting program

ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group at ALA Midwinter

Date:  Sunday, June 29, 2014

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: LVCC-S226 Las Vegas Convention Center


In this year's meeting, the CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group offers three presentations and discussions of cataloging-related research and projects. Cataloging cartographic materials in RDA, discoverability of ebooks in library catalog, and cataloging courses in library schools are the topics that will be featured in this meeting.


"What makes an effective cataloging course? : A study of the factors that promote learning," presented by Karen Snow, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University, and Gretchen Hoffman, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman's University.

Although much research has been done on cataloging education, there are no known studies that examine the elements of a beginning cataloging course (including class activities, professor/student interaction, and assignments) that contribute to student learning and how impactful these elements are on beginning cataloging students. This presentation describes a recent study that identified the elements of a beginning cataloging course that help students learn cataloging and how the instructor's approach to teaching cataloging contributes to this learning.


 "Cataloging that works: How to make e-books findable," presented by Catherine Sassen, Principal Catalog Librarian, and Karen Harker, Collection Assessment Librarian, University of North Texas Libraries.

Enhancing bibliographic records with contents and summary notes in the online catalog increases the findability of library resources. Does this findability lead to use? How much of a difference can enhanced records make in the usage of e-books? This presentation will report on the results of a study to determine if the inclusion of summary notes and/or table of contents notes in catalog records is associated with the usage of e-books in a large university library.


"Cartographic resources and RDA: A snapshot of changes from AACR2 rules and practices," presented by Paige Andrew, Maps Cataloging Librarian, Pennsylvania State University Libraries.

Moving from the AACR2 framework to RDA has been a process filled with hesitation for many longtime catalogers. This presentation will highlight the differences between RDA and AACR2 in terms of descriptive cataloging of cartographic resources and provide concrete examples of what changed under the new rules.