Volume 53, no. 2, 2015


Book Reviews

FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) Users: Summary and Case Studies by Jeffrey Mixter and Eric R. Childress.
Reviewed by Shelby E. Harken

The Metadata Manual: A Practical Workbook by Rebecca L. Lubas, Amy S. Jackson, and Ingrid Schneider.
Reviewed by Timothy Keller

Making the Move to RDA: A Self-Study Primer for Catalogers by Chamya Pompey Kincy with Sara Shatford Layne.
Reviewed by Robert Rendall

Original Articles

A History of Video Game Cataloging in U.S. Libraries
Greta de Groat

ABSTRACT: Cataloging practices for video games have been in flux since the late 1970s, often lagging behind technological developments. This article describes the history of descriptive cataloging practices and MARC coding for video games. Also discussed are the special problems presented by Library of Congress subject heading and uniform title practice, which were developed for book cataloging rather than for the cataloging of video games themselves.

KEYWORDS: descriptive cataloging, subject cataloging, video games, Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2), MARC 21 formats, Resource Description and Access (RDA), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)

"What Am I Fighting For?": Creating a Controlled Vocabulary for Video Game Plot Metadata
Zach Welhouse, Jin Ha Lee & Jennifer Bancroft

ABSTRACT: A video game's plot is one of its defining features, and prior research confirms the importance of plot metadata to users through persona analysis, interviews, and surveys. However, existing organizational systems, including library catalogs, game-related websites, and traditional plot classification systems, do not adequately describe the plot information of video games, in other words, what the game is really about. We attempt to address the issue by creating a controlled vocabulary based on a domain analysis involving a review of relevant literature and existing data structures. The controlled vocabulary is constructed in a pair structure for maximizing flexibility and extensibility. Adopting this controlled vocabulary for describing plot information of games will allow for useful search and collocation of video games.

KEYWORDS: video games, interactive media, plot, narrative, metadata, controlled vocabulary, thesaurus

Catalog Users "In the Wild": The Potential of an Ethnographic Approach to Studies of Library Catalogs and Their Users
Victoria Wilson

ABSTRACT: An increasing number of library user studies are employing ethnographic techniques as an alternative to more traditional qualitative methods such as surveys. Such techniques, however, are only beginning to see significant application to catalog user studies. Beginning with a discussion of the applied ethnographic method and its current usage within the field of Library and Information Science research, this article will assess methods that have traditionally been applied to studies of catalog users and present the case for the potential of an ethnographic approach for future catalog evaluation and design.

KEYWORDS: applied ethnographic method, catalog user studies, ethnography, information retrieval system evaluation, qualitative research methods, OPACs

Resource Description and Access (RDA) Database Enrichment: The Path to a Hybridized Catalog
Roman S. Panchyshyn & Amey L. Park

ABSTRACT: This article examines the benefits of a Resource Description and Access (RDA) enrichment project for libraries. Enrichment projects "hybridize", or enrich legacy Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition (AACR2) bibliographic records with RDA data. Until a replacement for MARC is developed, bibliographic data will continue to be encoded in MARC 21 in many integrated library systems. Library catalogs contain records coded under both AACR2 and RDA standards. RDA enrichment projects benefit the patron experience because the data is cleaner and more consistent for patron use and display, cataloging staff workflows are simplified, and the consistency of the data is advantageous for system development and data exchange with other communities

KEYWORDS: descriptive cataloging, Resource Description and Access (RDA), catalog maintenance, bibliographic data, interoperability, case studies, catalog indexing, cataloging administration

A Process for the Original Cataloging of Theses and Dissertations
Cedar C. Middleton, Jason W. Dean & Mary A. Gilbertson

ABSTRACT: The purpose of this article is to describe the reasoning, methodology, and impact behind a semi-automated cataloging process for electronic theses and dissertations, and to explain the importance of the retention and addition of cataloger-created metadata. The authors explain an automated process that is initiated by ProQuest and student (author) entered data, and through the addition of metadata by catalogers, including the subject headings, classification number, and so on. The study includes a survey of the public service librarians' perceived usefulness of the cataloger- and ProQuest-generated metadata to describe theses and dissertations.

KEYWORDS: Theses and dissertations, original cataloging, metadata, descriptive cataloging, subject headings, classification, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville



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