Volume 52, no. 5, 2014


Book Reviews

RDA Workshop I: Cataloging Books (Print & Electronic): Booklet by Marielle Veve
Reviewed by Mark K. Ehlert

Original Articles

Beyond Content, Media, and Carrier: RDA Carrier Characteristics
Steven Bernstein

ABSTRACT: In moving to Resource Description and Access (RDA), the change from recording a General Material Designation (GMD) to recording separate elements for Content, Media, and Carrier has attracted most of the cataloging world's attention. By themselves, these elements do not provide the user with enough nuance to perform the basic functions of finding, identifying, selecting, and obtaining materials. RDA includes a set of lower-level elements called Carrier Characteristics for describing these resource's properties; however, these elements have not enjoyed as much discussion in the professional literature as have the three higher-tier elements. Details of RDA's carrier characteristics are discussed and their shortcomings are analyzed.

KEYWORDS: RDA, carrier characteristics

RDA Display and the General Material Designation: An Innovative Solution
Amelia Koford

ABSTRACT: This article describes a simple and innovative solution, for libraries using MARC-based Integrated Library Systems (ILS), to compensate for the removal of the General Material Designation (GMD) from individual Resource Description and Access (RDA) bibliographic records in public displays. The solution is both a textual and visual one, based on the development of a text/icon combination, with an icon generated from the MARC leader code for material type, and then associated with the text from MARC tag 338, Carrier Type. The solution will work for all Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules , Second Edition (AACR2) and hybrid records as well.

KEYWORDS: Resource Description and Access (RDA), catalog indexing, catalog display, catalog design, descriptive cataloging, General Material Designation (GMD), carrier type, hybrid records

Graduate Education for Information Organization, Cataloging, and Metadata Daniel N. Joudrey & Ryan McGinnis

ABSTRACT: Discussions of cataloging and metadata education are popular in social media outlets, scholarly literature, conference meetings, and so on. This article, the third installment of a longitudinal study on the state of information organization (IO) education, analyzes the recent literature to identify new and continuing themes related to IO education. It provides an overview of the curricula of the 58 library and information science graduate programs in the United States and Canada accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). It examines the current conditions in 2012–2013 and compares them to data from earlier studies. It provides an overview of the types of IO courses available, program requirements, the number of schools offering IO courses, and the number of schools teaching those courses.

KEYWORDS: cataloging education, cataloging curriculum, library and information science education, information organization education, metadata education, LIS education

Training Tech Services' Student Employees Well: Evidence-based Training Techniques in Conjunction with Coaching and Mentoring Strategies Shan Lorraine Martinez

ABSTRACT: Librarians in higher education who work in technical services must frequently rely on student employees to accomplish tasks previously assigned to professional staff. Hiring, training, managing, and mentoring student workers for the performance of high-level library functions can prove challenging. However, working side-by-side with student employees can be a positive experience when evidence-based training techniques and effective coaching and mentoring strategies are utilized. This article focuses on training techniques integrated with ongoing coaching and mentoring strategies to promote a positive work environment and motivated, successful student employees.

KEYWORDS: technical services, student library assistants, job training, training methods, mentoring, college and university libraries

TIB's Portal for Audiovisual Media: Combining Manual and Automatic Indexing Anna Lichtenstein, Margret Plank & Janna Neumann

ABSTRACT: The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) developed a Web-based platform for audiovisual media. The audiovisual portal optimizes access to scientific videos such as computer animations and lecture and conference recordings. TIB's AV-Portal combines traditional cataloging and automatic indexing of audiovisual media. The article describes metadata standards for audiovisual media and introduces the TIB's metadata schema in comparison to other metadata standards for non-textual materials. Additionally, we give an overview of multimedia retrieval technologies used for the Portal and present the AV-Portal in detail as well as the additional value for libraries and their users.

KEYWORDS: metadata standards, metadata schema, audiovisual media, multimedia retrieval, automated indexing




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