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Trying to remember things from “Library School”

Posted by Librarian/Information Professional on June 22, 2011

Sometimes I get busy with routine library work and need some tidbit that I know I learned in grad school. Now, I know I could go hunt it up, but sometimes it doesn’t seem important enough to go to the trouble to seek it out.
Yes, it is laziness on my part and I see evidence in our OPAC that I am not the only one who suffers from this condition. So, what should I do? I think that sometimes a person needs to decide whether doing everything “correctly” is worth the trouble of the pesky details, when most people don’t know the difference. Getting the information out and available is more important than dotting all the “i’s” and crossing all the “t’s”.

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Digital projects

Posted by Librarian/Information Professional on June 8, 2011

Since I started this blog, I have been adding digital records to our library catalog (OPAC for all you librarians out there). When I was a library assistant, or technical worker, I added batches of e-documents that I got from Dataminer. I would filter records that were created in a previous month and then process them into our OPAC.

In our department, we tried several methods to upload them. Student workers checked to see if they were already cataloged and adding 856 fields with URLs. We tried dumping in the entire batch filtered for our library. We tried variations on the same idea. We still weren’t satisfied.

When I got to be in charge of the department, I experimented some more and now have a different variation. I filter the records at Dataminer by our depository number and then download the batch. Since some of the links include records to the GPO catalog, but not to the digital item, I don’t want to include those records. I use MarcEdit to make batch changes to the entire bunch and then upload them into our OPAC. It is not quite that simple, but it is not that difficult either. It takes some tweeking of the records and of the holdings codes, and I am done.

I used a similar process to batch load e-journals and ERIC records. I may write about them another day. Hope this jogs someone into thinking about a better way than I am now using and that they let me know. Until then, it is the best that I have come up with.

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2009 Semester

Posted by Librarian/Information Professional on February 10, 2009

Yes, it is finally here. I am working on getting my portfolio in shape to present and keep up with classes and work. Juggling it all is part of the cost, yet ends up being part of the reward.

I look over my approaching assignments. Another blog on another server. That will make me 3 blogs. One set up at the urging of my advisor, one set up for a class, now yet another one. Maybe they should talk to one another and make my life a little bit simpler 🙂

The cataloging project is underway. My teammate and I have settled on a thesis statement and proposal. We will submit and hopefully get approval on the first try. We are looking at the problems in bibliographic tools and the possible solutions in today’s technology driven world. No that is not the exact thesis, but we are looking at bibliographic tools and how they are not meeting the needs of the users. Are the possible solutions such as RDA, EAD, Dublin Core, and more, the answer?

There is a lot of literature out there. Those catalogers like to write!

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