Update from the Library of Congress
Presenter: Angela Kinney, Chief, African, Latin American and Western European Division (ALAWE), Library of Congress
Angela Kinney will provide a brief report on the status of copy cataloging at the Library of Congress, on behalf of the Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access Directorate where she currently works.
Rethinking Children’s Collections: Meeting the Unique Needs of Students with Dyslexia
Presenter: Marina Morgan, Metadata Librarian, Florida Southern College
The Roberts Academy at Florida Southern College is the first transitional school for children with dyslexia in the state of Florida and one of only a few comprehensive specialized schools in the United States. As library professionals we are aware of the challenges our students are facing and in order to meet their unique needs, Roux Library and the Hollis Hays Library at Florida Southern College piloted a project based on the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia, a joint project of IFLA Library Services to People with Special Needs and Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities sections.
Students with dyslexia often lack basic library experience, may not understand the value of the library, and may find the library space intimidating. By implementing this pilot project, our aim was to improve the students’ library experience using a variety of strategies such as selecting dyslexia-friendly materials and posting easy-to-read signs using an open source font specifically designed to increase readability for students with dyslexia. Moreover, understanding how difficult it may be for the students with dyslexia to read sideways, we placed all materials with the front cover facing outwards indicating topics with pictograms and labels on fiction and non-fiction books.
To prepare for this project we rethought our cataloging workflows, dropping the traditional Dewey decimal classification system shelving practice in favor of a structure where the books are arranged by subjects instead of call numbers. We also maintained a controlled vocabulary for local subject headings and placed similar subjects adjacent to one another for an easier access.
This was a vast undertaking as every book in the collection was reclassified, relabeled, and reshelved. The project was executed with our students’ unique needs in mind, making sure that they feel welcome and comfortable in the new library space.
Giving ETDs a Second Look: Copy Cataloging for Local Digital Collections
Presenter: Adam Zukowski, Metadata Librarian, Albert S. Cook Library, Towson University
For most items in Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library’s digital collections metadata is assigned and the items get published online with barely a second look at the metadata (other than a brief review for quality control). Most items are also only discoverable through the digital asset management system. This is not the case for the theses and dissertations. At Cook Library we have established a workflow for these materials whereby the Metadata Librarian assigns metadata (original cataloging) and publishes them online, and then a Library Technician in the Content Management Department creates MARC records from the digital metadata records (copy cataloging) and adds them to the OPAC. The Metadata Librarian also establishes controlled name lists that the Library Technician can refer to while creating the MARC records. Through this process, the original metadata records receive quality control as the Library Technician reviews them while working on the MARC records. The materials also receive additional levels of discovery as they are added to the OPAC and, by extension, to the library’s discovery service platform. This presentation will describe the workflows that have been established for the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection, and will serve as an example in interdepartmental collaboration of how copy cataloging work can be performed in a Technical Services department for digital materials managed by a Special Collections and Archives department.
Meeting Type: Discussion/Interest Group
Interests: Administration and Management, Cataloging, Metadata, RDA, Support Staff
Library Type: Academic, Corporate, Federal, Government, Law, Medical, Public, Regional System, Research Library, School/Media Center, Special, Undergraduate
Sponsors: ALCTS, ALCTS_CMMS
Cost: Included with full conference registration.