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Discussion Summary of the Annual Meeting 2017

by Laura Evans on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 07:14 am

The Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group met on Sunday, June 25, 2017. This year's theme was communication, and featured the following two presentations:

“A Lone Cataloger No More: How Better Communication Can Help Enhance Bibliographic Description for User Discovery,” presented by Xiping Liu, Resource Description Librarian, University of Houston. Liu spoke on the challenges of communication between catalogers and special collections curators, and how that communication could be improved to benefit the description of special collections materials.

The Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group met on Sunday, June 25, 2017. This year's theme was communication, and featured the following two presentations:

“A Lone Cataloger No More: How Better Communication Can Help Enhance Bibliographic Description for User Discovery,” presented by Xiping Liu, Resource Description Librarian, University of Houston. Liu spoke on the challenges of communication between catalogers and special collections curators, and how that communication could be improved to benefit the description of special collections materials.

"Charting Communication: Assessment and Visualization Tools for Mapping the Communication Patterns of Cataloging and Metadata Units," presented by Becky Skeen, Special Collections/Archives Cataloging Librarian, Andrea Payant, Metadata Librarian, and Liz Woolcott, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Utah State University. This presentation reported the findings of a study on the communication patterns between the cataloging department and other library departments, including the frequency and reasons for the communications.

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Online Doc Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group Midwinter 2017 Program

by Laura Evans on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 01:28 pm

ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group at ALA Midwinter Atlanta
Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: A315, Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC)

In this year's meeting, the CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group offers two presentations and discussions of cataloging-related research and projects.

 

ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group at ALA Midwinter Atlanta
Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: A315, Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC)

In this year's meeting, the CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group offers two presentations and discussions of cataloging-related research and projects.

 

"Hello From the Other Side: A Stacks Navigation Survey," presented by Autumn Faulkner, Head of Copy Cataloging, and Emily Sanford, Serials Catalog Librarian, Michigan State University

 

What role does shelf-browsing play in bibliographic discovery? Especially in our current environment where a patron's default assumption may be, "everything's online," it's natural to assume that our users do not heavily rely on serendipitous shelf-browsing any more. But is this really true? The answer to that question has implications for catalogers investing significant time and intellectual energy in current subject analysis and classification practices, metadata professionals of all types developing and preparing for linked data practices to partially replicate browsing, and anyone interested in the user's experience in navigating physical collections. In order to research user behavior in resource discovery and obtainment, and to better inform MSU Libraries' resource description, our space, and our signage planning, we developed a short exit survey. The survey gathered data about online catalog searching vs. shelf-browsing, the usage of call numbers, and the helpfulness of navigation aids in the stacks. This presentation will examine the results of the exit survey and discuss our findings.

 

"Ostriches, Minotaurs, Ghosts and Fossils in the Brave New Metadata World," presented by Kelley McGrath, Metadata Management Librarian, University of Oregon

 

Linked data promises to make library metadata more accessible and powerful. Clearly-defined URIs will form chains that lead to new connections and insights. These are heady promises, but is there an inherent conflict between the binary values demanded by linked data and the fuzzy gray of real life? While analyzing the content of MARC video records in an attempt to extract machine-actionable data, it became apparent that there are many situations described in bibliographic records that are difficult to map to structured data. This presentation will look at some of these challenges and their implications for linked data.

 

 

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Online Doc Proposed name change for CCRIG - Please give us your feedback

by Wendy West on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 09:15 am

This past year the CaMMS Executive Board has asked this group to consider changing the name of the interest group to “Research in Metadata Design and Management Interest Group.”  The CaMMS Executive Board believes the name change might broaden the scope of attendees and attract more presenters.  Here are the reasons/suggestions for the proposed change:

This past year the CaMMS Executive Board has asked this group to consider changing the name of the interest group to “Research in Metadata Design and Management Interest Group.”  The CaMMS Executive Board believes the name change might broaden the scope of attendees and attract more presenters.  Here are the reasons/suggestions for the proposed change:

  • Placing "research" to the beginning of the name emphasizes that aspect of the group's focus
  • Incorporating cataloging and classification under "Metadata"
  • Adding "design and management will broaden the scope

The Vice-Chair (2015/2016), Laura Evans, and I discussed the proposed name change and decided not to implement the change, but rather to reach out to the group to get your thoughts and feelings about this change.  So please give us your feedback! 

Thank you all for your attendance and participation at this year's meetings.  I enjoyed being your Chair this past year and wish the best of luck to the incoming Chair, Laura Evans, and Vice-Chair, Rebecca Nous!

Submitted by Wendy West, Chair (2015/2016)

 

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

by Wendy West on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 08:27 am

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.

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. 

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Event Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

In this year's meeting, the CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group offers two presentations and discussions of cataloging-related research and projects.

In this session we will be looking at RDA outside of its usual context. In our first presentation we will look at RDA in relationship to non-MARC metadata and cataloging standards such as Dublin Core and MODS, and in the second, we will consider LC-PCC’s interpretation of RDA’s instructions on recording gender (RDA 9.7) through the lens of feminist and queer theory.

In this year's meeting, the CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group offers two presentations and discussions of cataloging-related research and projects.

In this session we will be looking at RDA outside of its usual context. In our first presentation we will look at RDA in relationship to non-MARC metadata and cataloging standards such as Dublin Core and MODS, and in the second, we will consider LC-PCC’s interpretation of RDA’s instructions on recording gender (RDA 9.7) through the lens of feminist and queer theory.

"Accommodating RDA in CONTENTdm and Islandora, or, Accommodating RDA in Content and Digital Asset Management Systems," presented by Sai Deng, Metadata Librarian and Associate Librarian, University of Central Florida
The Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard has been widely implemented in integrated library systems and its application with MARC has long been discussed, but its applicability in content and digital asset management systems and with non-MARC standards hasn't been much addressed. The national RDA non-MARC tests found that it is not easy to evaluate RDA "without an application available to aptly manage and display the data," however, to accommodate RDA in existing content and digital asset management systems still remains an issue. This presentation will address how RDA has been applied in cataloging and migrating digital materials in CONTENTdm and Islandora at the University of Central Florida Libraries. It will also look at using RDA with other cataloging and metadata standards such as Dublin Core (DC), Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) and Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) to catalog digital materials including digitized serials and monographs.

“Queering the LCNAF : on recording gender in name authority files,” presented by Amber Billey, Catalog/Metadata Librarian, University of Vermont and Emily Drabinski, Coordinator of Library Instruction, Long Island University
Library of Congress (LC) and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) interpretation of Resource Description and Access (RDA) rule 9.7 regarding gender when identifying persons reinforces regressive conceptions of gender identity. The rule instructs catalogers to record gender when identifying persons, and although RDA gives catalogers the flexibility to record more than two gender labels, LC limits Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO) catalogers to a binary label: male, female, or not known. In this presentation, the presenters will expand on their award winning article, (2014) What's Gender Got to Do with It? A Critique of RDA 9.7, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 52:4, 412-421, DOI: 10.1080/01639374.2014.882465. The presenters will briefly explore the objections raised by feminist and queer theory to the current naming rule and offer a range of strategies for practically challenging gender as a descriptive attribute for personal names. At the local level, catalogers should consider whether gender ought to be coded at all. At the policy level, catalogers can and should challenge rules that have the potential to misrepresent creator identities and cause damaging inaccuracies in name authority files.

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Event Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 02:44 pm

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 digitized government documents in RDA, challenge in cataloging of unpublished screenplays in RDA, and cataloging in publication of E-books.

"Cataloging in Publication: Moving Beyond the Print," presented by Caroline Saccucci, Dewey Program Manager and Acting CIP Program Manager, and Camilla Williams, CIP Program Specialist at the Library of Congress.

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 digitized government documents in RDA, challenge in cataloging of unpublished screenplays in RDA, and cataloging in publication of E-books.

"Cataloging in Publication: Moving Beyond the Print," presented by Caroline Saccucci, Dewey Program Manager and Acting CIP Program Manager, and Camilla Williams, CIP Program Specialist at the Library of Congress.

The Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Program is now accepting e-books from major U.S. publishers to help build the Library of Congress' collections. This is a major step forward in management of e-book collections at the Library of Congress as the process for ingesting CIP e-books will be used as a model for acquiring e-books from other acquisitions sources. The presentation will discuss all elements of the CIP E-Books Program, including the application process, publisher participation, e-book metadata creation, and ingestion of the e-books into the Library's Content Transfer System to add to the Library's collections.

"Establishing Best Practices: Cataloging Unpublished Screenplays with RDA,” presented by Laura Evans, Metadata/Cataloging Librarian at Binghamton University Libraries.

When cataloging unpublished special collections material at the item level, decisions must be made about which descriptive information to include in the records as well as which access points are important for discovery. These decisions may not be obvious if the material is of a unique nature and there are no established best practices, as is the case with unpublished screenplays. With the implementation of RDA, catalogers may be unclear about where to turn for answers to questions such as: should DCRM(B) be applied as well as RDA? Should I choose type “t” or type “a” for the header? What information should I include in field 264, and is that publication, production, distribution, or manufacture? What notes are important for this material type? What access points are appropriate? This study examines the existing records for unpublished screenplays in WorldCat, with the aim of establishing best practices based on analysis of the records and review of RDA and LC-PCC policy statements.

" MARC and Non-MARC Metadata for Digitized Government Documents," presented by Kathryn Lybarger, Head of Cataloging & Metadata, University of Kentucky Libraries.

University of Kentucky digitized materials from their chosen agency, the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The titles had already been cataloged in MARC, but they needed Dublin Core metadata for loading the data into their digital library, and also MARC for the new electronic versions, cataloging according to current RDA standards. In this talk, the presenter will describe their workflow, and some of the difficulties encountered along the way.

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Event CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group 2015 Midwinter meeting program

by Enerel Dambiinyam (non-member) on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 02:38 pm

ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group at ALA Midwinter

Date:  Sunday, February 1, 2015

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: MCP-W176a McCormick Place West

ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group at ALA Midwinter

Date:  Sunday, February 1, 2015

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: MCP-W176a McCormick Place West

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 digitized government documents in RDA, challenge in cataloging of unpublished screenplays in RDA, and cataloging in publication of E-books.

 

"Cataloging in Publication: Moving Beyond the Print," presented by Caroline Saccucci, Dewey Program Manager and Acting CIP Program Manager, and Camilla Williams, CIP Program Specialist at the Library of Congress. The Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Program is now accepting e-books from major U.S. publishers to help build the Library of Congress' collections. This is a major step forward in management of e-book collections at the Library of Congress as the process for ingesting CIP e-books will be used as a model for acquiring e-books from other acquisitions sources. The presentation will discuss all elements of the CIP E-Books Program, including the application process, publisher participation, e-book metadata creation, and ingestion of the e-books into the Library's Content Transfer System to add to the Library's collections.

"Establishing Best Practices: Cataloging Unpublished Screenplays with RDA,” presented by Laura Evans, Metadata/Cataloging Librarian at Binghamton University Libraries. When cataloging unpublished special collections material at the item level, decisions must be made about which descriptive information to include in the records as well as which access points are important for discovery. These decisions may not be obvious if the material is of a unique nature and there are no established best practices, as is the case with unpublished screenplays. With the implementation of RDA, catalogers may be unclear about where to turn for answers to questions such as: should DCRM(B) be applied as well as RDA? Should I choose type “t” or type “a” for the header? What information should I include in field 264, and is that publication, production, distribution, or manufacture? What notes are important for this material type? What access points are appropriate? This study examines the existing records for unpublished screenplays in WorldCat, with the aim of establishing best practices based on analysis of the records and review of RDA and LC-PCC policy statements.

"MARC and Non-MARC Metadata for Digitized Government Documents," presented by Kathryn Lybarger, Head of Cataloging & Metadata, University of Kentucky Libraries. University of Kentucky digitized materials from their chosen agency, the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The titles had already been cataloged in MARC, but they needed Dublin Core metadata for loading the data into their digital library, and also MARC for the new electronic versions, cataloging according to current RDA standards. In this talk, the presenter will describe their workflow, and some of the difficulties encountered along the way.

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Discussion CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group Report on the 2014 ALA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV

by Anastasia Guimaraes on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 05:38 pm

The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group met at the ALA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Twenty-six people attended three presentations that addressed issues ranging from cataloging of cartographic materials in RDA, to beginning cataloging courses in library schools, to findability of ebooks in libraries’ catalogs and discovery systems.

The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group met at the ALA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Twenty-six people attended three presentations that addressed issues ranging from cataloging of cartographic materials in RDA, to beginning cataloging courses in library schools, to findability of ebooks in libraries’ catalogs and discovery systems.

Enerel Dambiinyam, Assistant Professor and Cataloging Librarian, Middle Tennessee State University, and Rachel Jaffe, Metadata Librarian, University of California, Santa Cruz, were installed as the incoming co-chairs of CCRIG.  Wendy West, Head of Catalog Management Services, University at Albany, State University of New York, was elected as incoming vice-chair.

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, presented "What makes an effective cataloging course? : A study of the factors that promote learning". The presentation described 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. The research asked two questions: 1.“What elements of a beginning cataloging course help students learn cataloging?”, and 2. “Does the instructor's approach to teaching beginning cataloging (including course content, course design and delivery, assessment, etc.) affect student learning and attitudes toward cataloging? ” Presenters shared the results of their initial research and stressed a need to have additional studies done on the topic.

Catherine Sassen, Principal Catalog Librarian, University of North Texas Libraries, presented "Cataloging that works: How to make e-books findable".This presentation focused on results of a study conducted to determine if the inclusion of summary notes and/or table of contents notes in catalog records is associated with higher usage of e-books in a large university library. The presenter shared such findings, as titles with recent publication dates were used more; having both TOCs and summary notes in records increased ebook usage; and oldest and newest ebook titles with catalog enhancements were used more frequently.   

Paige Andrew, Maps Cataloging Librarian, Pennsylvania State University Libraries, presented "Cartographic resources and RDA: A snapshot of changes from AACR2 rules and practices”. This presentation highlighted changes in cataloging of cartographic materials in RDA environment. The presenter provided specific examples of catalog record elements that were affected by transition from AACR2 to RDA.

The presentations were followed by questions from the audience.

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Event Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

In this year's meeting, the CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research IG 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.

In this year's meeting, the CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research IG 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.

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, will share results of the research they did on cataloging courses taught in library schools; Catherine Sassen, Principal Catalog Librarian, and Karen Harker, Collection Assessment Librarian, University of North Texas Libraries, will discuss a study they conducted on discoverability of ebooks in library catalogs; and Paige Andrew, Maps Cataloging Librarian, Pennsylvania State University Libraries, will present on changes in cataloging cartographic resources under RDA.

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Discussion CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group 2014 Annual meeting program

by Anastasia Guimaraes on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 10:57 am

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.

 

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.  

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