Category: cataloging

Interview with a Cataloger

I received an email yesterday from a student at the University of Pittsburgh’s iSchool. She just started taking a cataloging course and has some questions for catalogers. If you’d like to answer any or all of these questions, please send your response to Rebekah at lisstudent77@yahoo.com. As a teacher, I love talking to new cataloging students about the profession and I am looking forward to answering Rebekah. I hope some of you will answer her, too!

Jennifer

Some Questions for Catalogers from Rebekah

1. Can you describe a typical work day?

2. What is your favorite part about your job? What is your least favorite part?

3. What are the five most important things you learned in library school? (Or five things you wished you had learned in library school.)

4. Are there any resources you would recommend for a beginning cataloger?

5. Why do you think so many librarians dread the thought of cataloging?

6. Have you read Richard Murray’s essay “The Whimsy of Cataloging”? (Available here: http://www.liscareer.com/murray_cataloging.htm) Does his love of cataloging resonate with your experience?

7. What are some of the most bizarre LCSH you have come across?

8. Do you consider yourself a cataloger or a metadata librarian? How do you see these roles evolving?

9. In your library setting, how are materials processed? Who does what?

10. Can you describe how authority control is implemented? Do you contribute to NACO or SACO?

11. What ILS do you use? How do you see ILSs generally evolving?

12. Do you see any role for social tagging in cataloging?

13. What do you see as the future of AACR2?

14. What is your opinion on RDA and the changes that may be coming?

15. What attributes make a good cataloger?

16. Are there any other questions I should be asking?

ALCTS CCS Electronic Resources Interest Group at ALA Annual-Chicago

In a world where funding is decreasing and demand is increasing, libraries and librarians are looking for ways to provide access to content without submitting their bottom line to costly and sometimes little-used online journal subscriptions.

The ALCTS CCS Electronic Resources Interest Group invites you to attend its panel discussion “Pay-Per-View Options: Is Transactional Access Right For My Institution?” on Saturday, July 11, 2009, from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m, Chicago Hilton, Continental Ballroom B.

The discussion will center on the experiences of libraries and publishers as they implement and manage transactional access models at their institutions. The panelists will discuss why transactional access was right for their institution, the driving forces behind their decisions, the implementation process, technical implementation and management of the access, and the outcomes of their endeavors. Following the presentations will be a “question and answer” period, as well as an open forum for audience members to share their experience(s) with fellow session participants.

The panel includes:

Pay Per View – Where We Were, Where We Are and Where Are We Going Next?

Beth R. Bernhardt
Jackson Library
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Between 2002 and 2003, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) set up several different types of pay-per-view options that provided users with over 3,500 unsubscribed titles.  A few years later the library set up access to many of these titles through Consortium Big Deals. This presentation will talk about what options the library experimented with, what is still there, compare its pay-per-view statistics with its big deals and discuss how libraries might use pay-per-view options in the coming years.

Developing a Pay-Per-View Model in a Financially Challenging Budget Year

Nicole Mitchell and Elizabeth Lorbeer
Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Anticipated reductions at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, for fiscal year 2009/2010 will result in a content budget of roughly half what it was four years ago.  The library went from having packages with almost every commercial and society publisher to just a few packages in 2009.  Over 4,500 titles were cancelled for 2009, with only 52 journals being reinstated by user request.  In exploring a solution for next fiscal year, the library began to investigate investing twenty percent of its journal budget to subsidized pay-per-view by setting up deposit accounts with the publishers, with a goal to significantly lower user fees for article access.

Fast Food Nation/Google Generation/Financial Down Turn…Meet the Library

Ryan Weir and Ashley Ireland
Murray State University
Murray, Kentucky

Murray State University has recently undertaken a project that will be the inaugural step in its transition to both providing optimized digital access and change of the landscape of its journal acquisitions from a model that has been traditionally print to one that is primarily electronic.  Alongside this transition, the library also added a just-in-time element to its previous just-in-case-only model.  During this presentation, participants will have a window into Murray State’s experience, including: the driving forces behind its decisions, its selection of Science Direct as a vendor, the implementation process, the outcomes, and where the library sees itself headed in the future.

Transactional Access: A Publisher’s Take

Mark Rothenbuhler
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The final presentation will offer the perspective of a major publisher about its experience offering streamlined article access via prepaid tokens. Mark Rothenbuhler from Wiley will discuss the realities and potential benefits of transactional access to journal articles to libraries and publishers, and offer suggestions as to what libraries should be thinking about.

Call for Papers: Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

CCQ welcomes the submission of research, theory, and practice papers relevant to the broad field of bibliographic organization.

This journal, published now 8 times a year by Taylor & Francis, LLC, is respected as an international forum that emphasizes research and review articles, description of new programs and technologies relevant to cataloging and classification, and considered speculative articles on improved methods of bibliographic control for the future.

Articles are particularly welcome in areas dealing with research-based cataloging practice, including user behavior, user needs and benefits.

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts via email with attached word document to the Editor, Sandra K. Roe, Bibliographic Services Librarian, Illinois State University  (email: skroe@ilstu.edu).

Special Issues
Colleagues interested in guest editing a special issue or expanded double issue are invited to contact the Editor with a general proposal, tentative schedule, and CVs.  Previous special issues have included:

*Metadata and Open Access Repositories (Michael Babinec and Holly Mercer, Guest Editors)

*Bibliographic Database Quality (Jeffrey Beall and Stephen Hearn, Guest Editors)

*The Intellectual and Professional World of Cataloging (Qiang Jin, Guest Editor)

*Knitting the Semantic Web (Jane Greenberg and Eva Méndez, Guest Editor)

*Cataloger, Editor and Scholar: Essays in Honor of Ruth C. Carter (Robert Holley, Guest Editor)

Annual Best Paper Award
Taylor & Francis sponsors an annual prize for CCQ with a small financial stipend for the Best Paper of the Year.

Free Print Sample
A free print specimen copy may be obtained by sending an email to <Marisa.starr@taylorandfrancis.com>

For More Details
Further details may be found at the CCQ home page: http://catalogingandclassificationquarterly.com/

Title Change (Major): Jennifer Lang is now Jennifer Baxmeyer

Effective immediately, jenniferlang.net is no longer active. You may have noticed that I wasn’t posting much, anyway.

My new blog address is jenniferbax.net.

Cataloging-related posts will feed automatically to Planet Cataloging.

My contact information is now:

Jennifer W. Baxmeyer
Electronic Resources Cataloging Coordinator
Princeton University
Firestone Library Room 2-7-G
Princeton NJ 08544

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