Cataloging Norms Interest Group (ALCTS CaMMS - Cataloging & Metadata Management Section) Community
Cataloging Norms Interest Group session has two presentations lined up to discuss practical uses and projects of cataloging and metadata. Bill Schultz, Jr., and his colleague Ellen Corrigan, Cataloging Librarians from Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University, will speak about how their weekly time on the Reference Desk inspires and informs their cataloging and metadata decisions. Their presentation, “Crossing the Line: The Experience of Catalogers on the Reference Desk”, will discuss how their firsthand user interactions, for example, spark ideas for subject headings and search techniques to apply within the catalog.
As the second topic for the session, Carolyn Hansen, Metadata Librarian, and her colleague Sean Crowe, Electronic Resources Librarian at University of Cincinnati Libraries, will describe their experiences of transitioning from cataloging to metadata, which is a common occurrence for catalogers these days. As materials and projects are brought online as well as born digital, traditional cataloging sometimes does not suffice the needs of these types of collections. Their presentation is titled "From Cataloging to Metadata: Difference in Scope, Skills, and Standards" and will focus on UC's conversion of over 9,000 Dublin Core records to the VRA standard, illustrating the differences between traditional cataloging and metadata projects with technical details at the forefront.
Cataloging Norms Interest Group chose these two topics based on their practical merits and theoretical implications, and believes that our attendees will gain many useful insights and take away further questions to discuss among themselves and their library colleagues.
Pushing the Boundaries of Metadata in a Hybrid Department
The Resource Access Team at the University of Connecticut Libraries has been involved with digital initiatives for quite some time. Most notably, UCL acquired two vendor products to respond to the rise in digital projects: Digital Commons from BePress and ContentDM from OCLC. On the one hand, the role of the catalog/metadata librarians with Digital Commons was and remains limited to creating and editing metadata in certain series. Their role with ContentDM was, on the other hand, to create and edit metadata and determine which Dublin Core fields to implement. Despite this larger role with ContentDM, the project was seen by many outside the team to be too MARC and AACR2 focused leading to problems with search, discovery and machine readable data. This approach radically changed with two newly formed committees: eScience and the Second Generation Digital Repository. Administration and staff saw the need for metadata beyond Dublin Core, metadata templates, and creating and editing metadata in forms. In light of this new perspective on metadata, I saw an opportunity to push the boundaries of the role played by the cataloger/metadata librarians at UCL. In this presentation, I will discuss these opportunities presented by these new projects at UCL and the challenges they present for those hoping to push the boundaries in a hybrid department.
Accurate and Complete Cataloging: An Examination of Quality Cataloging Definitions
In a recent study of quality cataloging definitions amongst academic catalogers, the words "accurate" and "complete" were the most commonly used adjectives to describe quality cataloging. The exact meaning of these descriptors were often open to interpretation. For example, if a quality bibliographic record must be "accurate," does that mean the information must not contain typographical errors? Must the information be a truthful representation of the item in-hand? Must the information be correctly described according to AACR2 or RDA? Or, perhaps all of these were meant when "accurate" was used? "Complete" is also an ambiguous term that can be defined differently from one cataloger to the next. This presentation will provide an overview of what is meant by "accurate" and "complete" cataloging within the cataloging literature and explain why it is important for all catalogers and their institutions to explore and define these terms at the local level.
Metadata as copyright management information in digital files
An increasing amount of content in today’s society flows through social networks. Some of this content is user-generated; some of it is pre-existing content. Much of this material is protected by copyright. When content is passed from site to site and user to user, it can become difficult to ascertain the identity of the original copyright owner. Digital images can prove particularly troublesome for a user seeking permission to use a copyrighted work.
The Cataloging Norms Interest Group program will focus on some of the challenges in today’s changing cataloging environments. Maura Valentino will discuss the different ways metadata is used apart from description. It is hoped that understanding the goals behind the creation of metadata will help catalogers understand how cataloging and their workflows are changing, but the skill set needed to accomplish these changes are not. Harold Thiele’s presentation will trace the changes in cataloging practices from ancient Mesopotamia to the present including RDA with the focus on the development and changes in the main entry concept.
The Cataloging Norms Interest Group program will focus on some of the challenges in today’s changing cataloging environments.
Allison Jai O'Dell, Assistant Archivist and Librarian, The Barnes Foundation
Converting to RDA – from what? An Exploration of RDA Training that Does Not Assume Knowledge of AACR2
This presentation will review published and publicly available RDA training materials produced to date as well as survey results from participants of the U.S. RDA test, in order to set the framework for discussion of the utility of AACR2-based instruction tools within a realistic assessment of catalogers' needs. It will conclude with suggestions for appropriate, efficacious education in FRBR concepts, RDA rules, and the independent decision-making necessary for creation of RDA-compliant data.
Walter Walker, Head Cataloging Librarian, Loyola Marymount University
Changes in Cataloging Workflows at Loyola Marymount University
Many cataloging departments are trying to decrease backlogs, decrease the time it takes for new books to reach the circulating shelves, and decrease staff time copy-cataloging. How can we use shelf-ready cataloging without sacrificing record quality? Walter Walker, Head Cataloging Librarian at Loyola Marymount University, will explain the procedures recently adopted by LMU that help us to only check a small percentage of our new books for potential errors, sending the rest quickly to the shelves, and to maintain cataloging quality.
Cyns Nelson, Colorado Voice Preserve
Metadata for Oral History Collections
Cyns Nelson will briefly describe the Colorado Voice Preserve -- a library that consists entirely of oral histories: interviews, first-hand recollections, personal narratives -- focusing on research and planning for an oral-history metadata scheme. The hope is to engage attendees in a discussion of the need, use, and practicality of “Oral History Core.”
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