Annual Conference Session
The ALCTS CaMMS Copy Cataloging Interest Group announces its program at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference held in Washington, DC
Location: Marriott Marquis, Chinatown
When: Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (ET)
There will be three 15 minute presentations with time for Q&A at the end of presentations.
1. Cataloging Local: one library look at how local classification schemes and subject headings affect copy cataloging by Becky Skeen (Utah State University)
Utah State University’s Special Collections & Archives has used a modified Dewey classification along with several local classification schemes and a homemade controlled vocabulary for over 40 years. This presentation will look at the challenges and rewards of using these locally defined cataloging rules for copy cataloging and how they have changed over time as we try to balance workload with cataloger training and expectations.
2. Access Pitfalls: Balancing Diligence and Efficiency in the Age of Information by Catherine Smith (University of Alabama)
The expectations for high-quality bibliographic information continue to rise, along with the evolution of new cataloging standards and library technologies. Access points, once the fundamental organization of physical card catalogs, have expanded to include any searchable term within a bibliographic record, and there is an expectation for increasing levels of granularity within these records. If the primary concern of copy catalogers is providing the best possible access to library resources for patrons, it is easy to imagine that the task of supplying sufficient access points can easily become an overwhelming endeavor for a cataloger in the course of their work. The inconsistent quality of vendor-supplied records does little to alleviate the situation, and the introduction of LRM and RDA have further confused this issue. In this presentation, I will discuss some of the pitfalls for copy catalogers in over-prioritizing either diligence (the desire to provide the broadest access to an item) or efficiency (the desire to maintain a speedy and time-efficient process for copy cataloging) in their workflow as well as available tools and resources for course correcting and regaining a professional balance.
3. Cataloging Virtual Reality and console/PC games for discovery by Lynn Whittenberger (NC State University Libraries) and Alex Valencia, NCSU Libraries Fellow
NC State University Libraries has begun collecting virtual reality (VR), console, PC games, and educational ‘games’ to support the research needs and interests of a variety of programs and faculty. Previously, none of our VR collection was cataloged, and users would need to physically be in our studio in order to access the collection. The library’s Acquisitions & Discovery department worked with the collections librarians and VR lab manager to determine what information to include in a catalog record to help users discover and select games. We also developed an in-house vocabulary to allow user faceting by game platform/hardware. Acquisitions & Discovery staff cataloged a backlog of VR games, and we’ll cover the training and documentation created to support the creation of catalog records for these games. We will discuss possible future enhancement of these records with OLAC Video Game Genre Vocabulary terms
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS, ALCTS_CMMS
Meeting Type: Discussion Group,Interest Group
Cost: Included with full conference registration.