Saturday, February 21, 2004

Pasadena City College

Welcome to the students from Pasadena City College, Library 105 "Cataloging Procedures in an Online Environment." I notice from the syllabus you are required to read this 'blog. Hope it is not too tedious.

Now would be a good time to go into the aims of the 'blog. You will not learn to catalog here. That is only learned by doing, correcting, doing again. I try to pass along news to the cataloging community. News that is of interest to me. I have the only say as to what is posted or not. My interests go beyond MARC/AACR/ISBD. I feel we have a responsibility to our institutions to understand other metadata standards. We also have something to contribute to the development of those standards. Grace Agnew working with MPEG7 is a fine example to follow. That is outside the scope of your class, but not of your professional life.

If you have any comments to make, please leave them. If you hear of a topic that you think should be noted, pass it along. I welcome suggestions.

Another, even more important, resource for catalogers is the e-mail list AUTOCAT. The traffic is fairly heavy and the discussion can become very technical. If you are interested in cataloging you might try subscribing and seeing the interaction and concerns of the cataloging community.

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