GSAFD Genre Terms

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).

Obscure MARC Records

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 .

Promise of Z39.50

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.

Meaning of ALA

“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

Linking Reference Sources

“The very nature of scholarly research has fundamentally changed with the increased availability of reference or citation linking.” – Jill E. Grogg

Search Engine Bias

“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

Future Search Engines

“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

Free MARC Records

If you have ever wondered how to use the Library of Congress Catalog to download marc records, here are some instructions