Tha brass tacks of cataloging


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What should every cataloger know before they start their first professional job? Presented by Linh Uong and Jolanta Radzik at the 24th annual COMO 2012 conference in Macon, GA.

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Tha brass tacks of cataloging

  1. 1. The Brass Tacks of Cataloging by Linh Uong and Jolanta Radzik What should every cataloger know before they start their first professional job? They should know how to catalog all print and non-print formats, in theory and practice. Hand in hand with that, they should have a firm understanding of current cataloging standards and practices, and also be aware of emerging technologies and how they affect the field. New catalogers should understand that every library is different, with its own local cataloging practices. Cataloging is an art. There isn’t a wrong or right way to catalog and cataloger’s judgment often comes into play to determine what is best - for a library and its users. The following is a checklist of cataloging rules, standards, practices, and handy links that new catalogers may find useful their first year on the job. 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Shawne Miksa and William Moen, 3000 Macon Rd. http://www.r University of North Texas - for teaching us what we needed to know. Columbus, GA 31906 Phone: 706-243-2669 x2608 RDA-L To Amy Eklund and Jarvis Sims, E-mail: UNT alumni and consultants extraordinaire. erly Jou rnals Classification Quart Ca taloging and and Te chnical Servi ces Libra ry Resources In memory of R. Neil Scott (1952-2012), Librarian, mentor and friend.