Week 2

This week I continued reading Harden’s book on music cataloging.  The reading focused transcribing the title proper and statement of responsibility from items.   I also began to read Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA.  Chapter 2 focused on describing manifestations and items and covered much of the same information that the Harden reading covered.  I do appreciate how Maxwell has incorporated Marc 21 into the layout of his examples allowing the reader to make a faster connection between RDA and Marc. 

I have also continued to copy catalog monographs and to enhance bibliographic records.  The first record I enhanced was for a monograph entitled Mani Matter (1936-1972).  The record (1081990885) in OCLC needed a good bit of enhancing including adding a 007 to describe the sound recording included with the book, 505 fields to describe the contents, 600 fields for subjects, and 700 fields for personal names. It is nice to be able to go to the item record in IUCAT and actually see the impact my work is having. If you go to record at https://iucat.iu.edu/catalog/10023982, you will see the editors hyperlinked in blue as well as the subjects. Because I used authorized search headings and existing authority files for the editiors, these links should pull up all other items the library has under these same subjects or items created by the same editiors. You can also see all of the content notes that I put in with the hopes of making this record more usable for patrons.

Week 1

I met with my internship supervisor Chuck Peters, and we discussed the goals for my internship.  By the end of the internship, I will be able to:

  • Copy catalog records for music print material
  • Create original catalog records for music print material
  • Participate in other cataloging projects such as discards and data cleanup in order to learn basic job functions of cataloging librarians

These goals will be accomplished through hands on experience with cataloging.  I will begin by copy cataloging monographs, enhancing records for monographs, and then moving transferring these skills to scores.  I will then transition to original cataloging and participating in other cataloging projects such as discards and data clean up as needed. 

Peters has laid out the internship in a very clear way with many readings built in, because catalogers are required to have an extensive background knowledge of various rules and procedures for cataloging.  I begin by reading Music Descripting and Access; Solving the Puzzle of Cataloging by Jean Harden.  In the first couple of chapters, Harden provides an overview of why we catalog, and a history of cataloging, including governing principals such as FRAD, FRBR, AACRII, and RDA.   My biggest takeaway from this reading is that we catalog to help library patrons find, identify, select, and obtain library materials as outlined by FRBR.  All of our work should be done with the patron, or user, in mind in order to help them find the materials that they need. 

In addition to doing some background reading. I began to copy catalog monographs.   I learned how to select the best record in OCLC and how to modify it to meet the expectations of catalog records at IU.