Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Fundamentals of the NLM Classification

NLM announces a classification course.
The Cataloging Section of the National Library of Medicine® is pleased to announce the availability of an new e-learning course called Fundamentals of the NLM Classification. It is available as a link from the Cataloging Section homepage, as well as the Distance Education page. The course is a free set of modules and interactive exercises that students may take at their own pace without an instructor.

This course covers the principles and applications of the NLM Classification in the cataloging environment. The course is divided into nine modules:

  1. Overview of the NLM Classification
  2. Using the Online NLM Classification
  3. Components of NLM Call Numbers
  4. General Principles
  5. Table G (Geographic Notations)
  6. Form Numbers
  7. Bibliographies and Related Materials
  8. Classification of 19th Century Works and Early Printed Books
  9. Continuing Resources

1 comment:

JJR said...

Have you blogged about MeSH before? It seems to me the only way you can get the MeSH authority file is to download the whole kit-n-kaboodle at once.

I guess I'm a little confused on how best to handle MeSH. We have a large nursing program and decided this year to begin retaining MeSH headings on new acquisitions (Past practice dictated that catalogers strip them out). Luckily we have a vendor, Back Stage Library Works, who helps with keeping our authorities up to date, including MeSH. Good thing, too, because I'm not sure what I'd do if I had to update our authority file with new MeSH headings on a piecemeal basis...doesn't seem to be an easy way to do this like with OCLC. I wonder how true Medical libraries handle keeping their Subject Authority files updated vis a vis MeSH.

We did inquire of OCLC how much it would cost to go back and re-add the MeSH headings we'd been stripping out for the past several years, but it was prohibitively expensive. Best compromise we came up with was to simply stop stripping them out and that will, over time, improve access to medical resources for our nursing students, and as long as we have our authorities vendor, BSLW, on the job, keeping up with authorities vis a vis MeSH will take care of itself.

I know this is kind of off-topic and not germane to your post on NLM classification (which we do NOT use), but since NLM Classification goes hand-in-hand with MeSH (the way LC Classification goes with LCSH), thought I'd just put this out there.

If you had an index of your most frequently used blog tags, I could've gone straight to the most recent post on MeSH, perhaps.