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Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group - ALA Annual - Orlando - Program

ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group at ALA Annual Orlando

Date:  Sunday, June 26, 2016

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: W106, Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)

In this year's meeting, the CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group offers two presentations and discussions of cataloging-related research and projects.  There will be a short business meeting with announcements at the beginning of this session.

In our first presentation we will look at the changing roles and responsibilities occurring within the cataloging units of academic libraries, and in the second, we will consider best practices for description of zines in the RDA environment.

"Roles and Responsibilities of Cataloging Units in Academic Libraries Research Project," presented by Jeremy Myntti, the Head of Digital Library Services at the

J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah and Liz Woolcott, the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University 

The roles and responsibilities within academic library cataloging units have gradually been shifting over the past several years. To deal with these changes, catalogers on both the librarian/faculty levels as well as professional or paraprofessional staff have had to respond to these changes, shifting workloads to ensure that necessary cataloging tasks are carried out. This presentation will report on the findings of a survey conducted in March and April 2016 to investigate existing academic library cataloging units, with special attention to the type of work that is completed both inside and outside of the cataloging unit as well as new responsibilities that have been shouldered in the recent past or will be acquired in the future.  The presenters will relate these roles and responsibilities to the size of the library (both collection size and staffing), the overall structure of the cataloging unit, and the unit’s place within the institution.

Cataloging Zines in an RDA Environment,” presented by Allison Jai O’Dell, the Metadata Librarian at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries.  

Zines are increasingly collected by academic, public, and special collections libraries as primary source documents on politics, arts, social life, sub-cultures, and more. Meanwhile, zines present cataloging challenges such as complicated semi-serials, frequent title changes, pseudonymous creators, and sub-cultural content. Determining best practices for description of zines in an RDA environment is critical to access and research.  This presentation will report on the findings of a case study to understand RDA’s appropriateness for cataloging zines, and subsequent efforts to develop best practices for description of zines and their creators.