JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

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I feel like such a good girl ... I've whipped up and sent in the outline for the cataloguing workshop I'm going to be teaching, which now has been scheduled for 1:00-4:00 p.m. on September 22, 2006. :-) Now I've got to start keeping track of all the cheats, etc., that I use at work so that I won't miss passing on some valuable scrap of cataloguer wisdom.

For the masochistically curious,

The Cheater's Guide to Cataloguing

Whether it's on a computer or 3 x 5 cards, a library's catalogue is one of its most important communication tools ... informing patrons about available materials and guiding them to the correct shelf location. But like all good tools, creating a catalogue takes time, which is often in short supply. And there's always that time-consuming impossible book on an unfamiliar topic, with five people waiting eagerly to sign it out. This session will cover ways to streamline your cataloguing without compromising searchability, free online tools that can make a cataloguer's life easier, and tips for tracking down catalogue copy (or its equivalent) online for those items that keep moving to the bottom of the to-do pile.

* basic description and marc fields ... what's really essential and what can be safely ignored or left until later

* free tools online and other useful links

* catalogue copy/marc online ... finding it, downloading it, and what to do when you can't download

* when all else fails ... using Google to track down catalogue copy

* the joy of cheat sheets

* improve your subject heading knowledge ... games you can play with other library's online catalogues

* you're not alone ... help and other cataloguers online

* practical applications ... bring along a couple of your cataloguing problems to practice on

Hope all my pupils have a sense of humour ... I'm not exactly noted for my professional reverence. :p

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