One thing that I am learning more about since I have been cataloging are the Guidelines on Subject Access to Individual Works of Fiction, Drama, Etc (which I don’t remember from LIS 6735 5 years ago).
So far, my cataloging career is going pretty good. The tricky books so far: Faces of Ground Zero , which I have only found a complete MARC record for at the Cleveland Public Library and some of the new graphic novels from Crossgen Comics which I can only find at the Minneapolis Public Library .
I did some cataloging at work today (long story) but it gave me a chance to discover how truly wonderful Z39.50 is. It makes a tremendous of difference when you have multiple choices of records to choose from.
Tara Calishain takes a look at Teoma while avoiding the “Google-Killer” comparisons
“Acronyms happen. We have to stay alert for them. One man’s A List Apart is another woman’s American Library Association. ALA means different things depending on what crowd you run with.” – Christina Wodtke
“The very nature of scholarly research has fundamentally changed with the increased availability of reference or citation linking.” – Jill E. Grogg
“If we ask a reference librarian a question, we take it for granted that we’ll be offered unbiased help. Librarians know not only how to find information, but how to assess its quality and authority. Most of us assume the same is true with search engines.” – Chris Sherman
“The core problem is that people expect stability but the web is not stable.” – John S. Rhodes
“Teoma is already popular among librarians and should work well for academic researchers and others who need to perform quick but deep searches.” – Lou Hirsh
If you have ever wondered how to use the Library of Congress Catalog to download marc records, here are some instructions