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WorldCat - YouTube video

WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections of 72000 libraries in 170 countries and territories that participate in the Online Computer Library Center ...
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RDA: Preparing for the Change Together

RDA: Preparing for the Change Together | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Some have joked that RDA—which stands for Resource Description and Access, and is the cataloging code that will be formally adopted in 2013 in place of AACR2—should stand for Retirement Day Approaching, and other such phrases that expose catalogers’ general trepidation about creating records using the new code.

 

Here's an article that demonstrates how librarians can prepare for the implementation of RDA.  

 

Starting in February 2012, fifteen to twenty librarians and staff have met monthly to practice creating RDA records, explore the RDA Toolkit, and discuss authority workflows. Assisted by colleagues from the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Wesleyan University, the Nebraska Library Commission, and others, Kralik has arranged 3-hour sessions at various locations in eastern Nebraska. A variety of types of libraries (university, small public, special, etc.) are represented in the group, and several librarians have taken turns running the meetings.

 

The group has begun to discuss how the members will give each other support after RDA is implemented. One idea is to continue to use the wiki after RDA is in use, to throw questions out to the group via the wiki, and to act as informal peer reviewers of original records."

 

Read more here: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/09/managing-libraries/rda-preparing-for-the-change-together-backtalk/


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Cataloging Then, Now, and Tomorrow - American Libraries

Cataloging Then, Now, and Tomorrow - American Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Elise (Yi-Ling) Wong:

"There’s no question that the art of cataloging and the role of its practitioners are evolving. Where specialization is preferred, catalogers remain steadfastly the guardians of library catalogs to ensure their accuracy, currency, comprehensiveness, and user-friendliness. But catalogers are also mediators between libraries and other information organizations (e.g., museums and archives), as they are charged with understanding the interoperability between the MARC standard and the different non-MARC metadata systems.

The notion of catalogers “just” being catalogers is gradually being replaced by a philosophy that all library staff be cross-trained and have hands-on experience working directly with library users. At SMCL, all librarians (including catalogers) take at least one reference shift. In collection development, we are subject selectors allocated funds to purchase materials in our subject areas. In addition, selectors are responsible for maintaining their subject pages on the library website. In library instruction sessions, we collaborate with faculty members in their teaching and research."

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Vintage Catalog Cards for Literary Classics from the Semi-Secret Archive of the Library of Congress

Vintage Catalog Cards for Literary Classics from the Semi-Secret Archive of the Library of Congress | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
An affectionate reminder that a book is a node in a complex human network of authors, readers, and librarians, connecting time, space, and s (A treat for lit-geeks: Vintage catalog cards for literary classics from the Library of Congress semi-secret...
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The Library of Congress has announced that they will implement RDA cataloging on March 31, 2013

The Library of Congress has announced that they will implement RDA cataloging on March 31, 2013 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Library of Congress has announced that they will implement RDA cataloging on March 31, 2013 http://www.rdatoolkit.org/content/364



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WorldCat: a librarians' tool the public can use | RedGage

Librarians have many specialized tools to help them do their work, including a single catalog of library collections all over the world. You can use that one, too!

 

WorldCat aspires to be a universal library catalog. It hasn’t made it yet, but it shows the holdings of about 27,000 different libraries in more than 170 different countries. Even though it does not contain the holdings of every library in the world, it easily lives up to its slogan “the world’s largest library catalog.”

 

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