[Metadatalibrarians] ALCTS Virtual IG Week 2020 Cataloging Norms Interest Group Program Announcement

Liz Bodian lizbodian at brandeis.edu
Wed Jun 3 10:04:14 PDT 2020

***Please excuse cross-posting***

The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group is pleased to announce its
program for the ALCTS Virtual IG Week 2020, 2:pm CDT / 3:00pm EDT / Noon
PDT, Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

There will be three presentations that are relevant to what catalogers are
dealing with today.  The presentations will be 10-15 minutes long, and
there will be time for Q&A and possibly some relevant, related discussion
at the end of the session.

Presenters: Bela Gupta, Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, Claire T. Carney
Library, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Topic: How end users’ expectations and behaviors affect cataloging norms.

Summary: Cataloging norms at our library in UMass Dartmouth library help to
provide easy and direct access to library resources that represent and
disseminate users’ needs online. In a rapidly changing environment users
expect accessibility to not only physical resources but to a large number
of electronic resources. To fulfil this need we provide access to new
electronic books by ensuring their activation and representation through
bibliographic records in the library catalog. Recently, I worked on the
JSTOR Discovery eBooks (JSTOR eBooks EBA Pilot) Project. I  activated
42,033 ebooks in this CZ (Community Zone) collection and deactivated the
electronic portfolios for which we already had access through other eBook
collections (around 711 portfolios were deactivated). I did this in the
cloud based Integrated Library System and Excel. Similarly, I examined and
deleted duplicate electronic portfolios in the DOAB (Directory of Open
Access Books). Another project was to move 4000 physical books from the
basement to the library shelves to ensure their discoverability and access
by our patrons. I did this virtually by moving thousands of them as a batch
job in ExLibris Alma working with staff in Circulation and Access Services
who moved these books physically. Users expect the latest technology so we
withdrew VHS Tapes after reviewing their usage statistics and cataloged DVD
formats of those tapes as those are in demand. I also created a new
National Gallery of Art electronic books collection for the College of
Visual and Performing Arts students. I was also involved in several
clean-up projects to ensure that each resource whether electronic or
physical is attached to a compatible bibliographic record in the catalog
for access and discoverability. Keeping our users’ expectations in mind we
also added several local MARC fields in MARCEdit and created normalization
rules in Exlibris Alma for our physical resources.


Jessica L. Serrao, Metadata Librarian for Digital Collections, Clemson
University; Scott Dutkiewicz, Metadata and Monographic Resources Team Lead,
Clemson University; Charlotte Grubbs, Library Specialist, Clemson University

Title: Metadata-from-Home: A Digital Collections Project During COVID-19

Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shift to working from home
(WFH) and online education proved a boon for digital collections. Not only
can digital collections provide researchers remote access to rare and
unique archival materials, but the metadata work that facilitates its
discovery can be adapted to a WFH environment. At Clemson University
Libraries, the metadata team facilitated a WFH project where 15 Libraries
employees across two units are helping to describe a collection of over
2400 photographs. This project rose to the challenges of providing
meaningful work to colleagues while working from home, empowering them to
learn new skills and gain stronger understanding of metadata work, all
while speeding up the timeframe for making this collection accessible
online. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the project
workflow, including how training, communication, and quality control were
managed remotely.

Presenters: Graeme Williams

Title:  Why is language coding so bad?


Language information can be included in the MARC record in at least six
places (008, 041, 240, 250, 546, 650) as well as the call number.
Inconsistent coding is exacerbated by quirks of the OPAC (e.g., the
language facet uses the 008 but the language term in advanced search uses
the 041).

In theory, a single library could apply consistent rules for language
coding which would limit these possibilities.  In practice, records vary
wildly.  As a result, there is no way for a patron to obtain good search
results.  This causes particular challenges to patrons looking for
bilingual materials.

I will present results from different searches (of the Palo Alto City
Library) to show that it is unlikely that any plausible search will return
correct and complete results for bilingual materials.


Please register at the ALCTS Virtual Interest Group Week site:
http://www.ala.org/alcts/events/virtualigweek or directly to the CNIG
session: Sign up to Attend

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the session!

ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging Norms Interest Group (CNIG)

Liz Bodian (lizbodian at brandeis.edu) and Keiko Suzuki (suzukik at newschool.edu),

Susan J. Martin (Susan.Martin at mtsu.edu) and Alex Whelan (aw3195 at columbia.edu),
Co-Vice Chairs

Liz Bodian
Metadata Technologies Librarian, Brandeis Library

(781) 736-4645
415 South Street, MS 045 Waltham, MA 02453
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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