Annual Conference Session
We will have three presentations, followed by a brief Q&A. The catalog form and function interest group exists to explore the evolving nature of the library catalog and its relationship to the fundamental mission and expanding services of libraries. Our speakers will present on three innovative projects to enhance their catalogs in ways that improved user experience and discovery.
1. Using Images and Local Call Numbers when Cataloging STEM Materials, Kits, and Curriculum Resources / Cynithia Hughes, Metadata Librarian, University of Wyoming
Are you sometimes baffled by how to catalog STEM materials? Not sure how to help patrons and staff know the specific contents of kits in your library? Learn more about how-to catalog kits, STEM, and other curriculum materials in your collection. This presentation will focus on how to include images of the contents of kits and realia in cataloging records. Incorporating images helps facilitate access and reduce confusion regarding the contents of the more unusual items in your library collection. This talk will also touch on the creation and use of local call numbers for curriculum resources.
2. Making the Most of Discovery: Navigating Limits for User-Centered Discovery Layer Configuration / Jennifer Martin, Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian, Salisbury University
Jennifer Martin will discuss the strategies and techniques that Salisbury University Libraries have used during the past year to improve their patrons' experience in using their discovery layer, WorldCat Discovery. After switching from WorldCat Local to WorldCat Discovery last summer, SU Libraries have been actively working to optimize the user experience while dealing with the constraints of limited staff time and of the minimal local configurability and customizability allowed in WorldCat Discovery. This presentation will focus on ideas and actions from SU Libraries' work which could be implemented by other libraries in similar situations.
3. Holdings records and MarcEdit come to the rescue: GW's approach to local data display / TJ Kao, Director of resource description, George Washington University
George Washington University (GW) migrated to Alma/Primo VE with another 13 libraries in July 2018. Because of the consortium decision of using the Network Zone as the shared record repository, GW had to move all local data, i.e. 541, 561, 562, 563, to local extensions, i.e. 975, 961, 962, 963, respectively. The unanticipated result is all local data only appear in GW's Primo but not in other consortium members'. To work around this issue, GW began exploring alternative ways to expose our local data. One solution we decided to adopt is to use holdings records to expose our local data. This presentation will summarize the rationales, the tool and workflow of copying data from bibliographic records to holdings records, impact of our decision, and the lessons we learned from the process.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS, ALCTS_CMMS
Meeting Type: Discussion Group,Interest Group
Cost: Included with full conference registration.