The World of Cataloging
Cataloging Overview: Fundamentals
This slide presentation by Robin Fay (Cataloging Dept, University of Georgia) offers a clear overview of the basic concepts, organizing principles and tools of cataloging. “Cataloging is as much about the mindset and principles as it is about the mechanics. Cataloging takes practice.”
The Utah State Library provides brief descriptions and resource links defining cataloging, classification, MARC and subject headings. "Library catalogs contain information about all materials owned by the library. The information that describes each item is referred to as a bibliographic record or catalog record. Cataloging is the process followed by librarians to create the bibliographic record."
Competencies for Cataloging and Classification
- As defined by the Library Support Staff Certification Program
- As defined by the Competency Index for the Library Field (WebJunction)
Support for the Cataloger
Catalogers Who Blog
Read any of the blogs on this list and get a glimpse of the current issues and intricacies that spur catalogers to share their insights with the world.
Seeing Standards: A Visualization of the Metadata Universe
The world of metadata standards (105 of them) is colorful, if complex.
Good Practices for Great Outcomes
In 2011 OCLC created a website, blog and series of events to explore topics, such as what is "good enough" cataloging, the benefits of using OCLC WorldCat Cataloging Partners, streamlining workflows and the latest on RDA and WorldCat quality.
A Bibliographic Metadata Infra structure for the 21st Century
(~45 min video)
Roy “I’m not a cataloger” Tennant gives a 30,000-foot view of the lay of the cataloging land: where we need to go, where we’re starting from, and how we get where we need to go. (One of the presentations in the OCLC “Good Practices” series.)
The role of the cataloguer in the 21st century
Lynne Dyer (Bibliographic Services Manager, De Montfort University) lists reasons for a change to the role of cataloguers, suggestions for new roles and competencies, and tips for survival tips for maintaining the vital service that is library cataloging.
The Future of Cataloging is RDA-colored
Designed for the digital world and an expanding universe of metadata users, RDA: Resource Description and Access is the new, unified cataloging standard—an evolution of the cataloging principles from AACR2, with rules carried over or adapted to the RDA model. (from RDA Toolkit)
What is the Change That is RDA?
“It’s a REVOLUTION we’re talking about with RDA, not just shifting the deck chairs on the Titanic,” writes cataloger-blogger Diane Hillmann.
Trepidation or Anticipation: The Future of Cataloging and Catalogers
A slide presentation from Karen Coyle, Gordon Dunsire and Diane Hillmann that asks “whither cataloging?” (and catalogers?), and maps a route through the new world, including a walk-through of a concrete cataloger scenario.
RDA angst and the future of library metadata
Cataloging Futures blogger writes “I find myself reluctantly in the RDA fan club” and sparks a vigorous conversation about RDA (and cataloger) angst.
Barometer of cataloger reactions to change from a slide presentation(slide #8) by Elaine Sanchez, Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos.
The Semantic Web
This slide presentation from the University of Leeds combines graphics and brief text for a clear, concise explanation of the general principles and standards that will actualize Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of the Web of “intelligent agents.”
DDC 23 is here!
The new print edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification, DDC 23, is now available from OCLC, along with the new, easier-to-use WebDewey 2.0.
This subscription-based resource for evaluating and implementing RDA is offering a free trialto see how it works.
A web-based subscription service from the Library of Congress that aggregates multiple cataloging tools for ready access, including AACR2, DACS, and other LC cataloging publications.
Six tools to simplify cataloging
A list of free tools to make cataloging a little easier for those less immersed in the practice.
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