When it comes to metadata and cataloging, many library staff members feel they get thrown into the deep end before being taught how to swim. Cataloging training in library education is frequently designed to give an overview rather than in-depth preparation, leaving actual cataloging practices to be acquired on the job. Sometimes a cataloging component gets added to a position (such as acquisitions or reference) after the fact, with little training or guidance.
Melanie Wacker, Head of Digital Resources Metadata, Cataloging & Metadata Services Division, Columbia University Libraries, will provide some help by identifying three common areas of confusion in cataloging and strategies on how to navigate them. She'll go over why more isn't always more, the importance of authority control, and how to put non-MARC metadata work into the larger library context.
By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
- Identify each of these three common cataloging misunderstandings
- Notice when these things crop up in their work
- Take steps to align their cataloging efforts with common cataloging processes and procedures
About our presenter:
Melanie Wacker works with her colleagues within Columbia University Libraries to ensure the integration of digital metadata with local and national systems to enable information discovery. She provides guidance on best practices, and develops, documents, and maintains standards and procedures for metadata for digital content generated within the Libraries. Her other responsibilities include the cataloging of electronic resources and name (NACO) and subject (SACO) authority work.
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