[metadataLibrarians] metadata or cataloging?
wtd at pobox.com
Mon Mar 12 17:25:09 PST 2007
On 12 March 2007, Anne Piergrossi wrote:
> For my final elective, I could take either a metadata course or a
> cataloging course, and I'm really torn. Both professors are absolutely
> wonderful, so that doesn't need to figure into the
> decisionmaking--either way, I'll have a great experience.
I graduated from library school two years ago, and took the advanced
cataloguing course and the metadata course (which was new). Having done
cataloguing helped a lot with the metadata course, and some of the people
in the metadata course who didn't know cataloguing were a bit lost.
If you're the kind of person who always looks at LC
Cataloging-in-Publication boxes, or you carefully examine spines and back
covers, or, heck, you like to riffle the pages and then smell a book, do
the cataloguing course. Even if you don't, I'd recommend it because it'll
give a good grounding in one of the basics of librarianship. After wading
through AACR and MARC, the rest of it will come a lot easier. Chances are
you'll be referring to them a lot anyway.
William Denton, Toronto : miskatonic.org : frbr.org : openfrbr.org
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