Annual Conference Session
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS, ALCTS_CMMS
Meeting Type: Discussion Group,Interest Group
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Where Does This Go? Cataloging Comics in Libraries
Allison Bailund, Hallie Clawson and Staci Crouch
Research group from the University of Washington iSchool
Comics, graphic novels, manga - whatever you call them, they are one of the fastest growing sections in both public and academic libraries. Yet, despite their popularity among librarians and users, their unique format makes them difficult to acquire, catalog, and shelve. A team from the University of Washington iSchool researched in collaboration with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund this past year. The group is providing a best practices document, “Comics Cataloging 101,” based on their research, for publication on their website in June. The presentation will cover important information for catalogers who are unfamiliar with comics, as well as describing the major stress points associated with adding comics to your collection and how to navigate those potential pitfalls.
Forewarned is Forearmed: Prepping Your Catalog with URIs in MARC.
Technical Services Manager at James A. Michener Library, University of Northern Colorado
In 2017, the University of Northern Colorado Libraries contracted with an authority vendor to provide RDA and other enhancements to nearly one million catalog records. One of these enhancements was the addition of URIs in the $0 for authorized access points. While there were no plans to make immediate use of these URIs, this enrichment was made in the belief that it would facilitate linked data projects in the future. This presentation will briefly review reasons for adding URIs to MARC records, but it will focus primarily on the hurdles faced because of the added subfield, including issues seen in local indexing, WebPac display, and even repercussions flowing into a shared consortial catalog. The presenter will discuss how her library resolved the URI-related issues and provide others the information needed to make an informed decision when optimizing their own catalogs for a linked data environment.
User Tagging Behaviors in an OPAC: A Quantitative Analysis of 7 Years of I-Share User Tags
Myung-Ja “MJ” Han and Brinna Michael
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cultural heritage institutions have been trying to find ways to encourage users to add tags that can be used to enhance discovery service, support subject access, and improve metadata through tag integration. The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) manages the integrated library service called I-Share that that uses VuFind as its discovery layer to serves 86 academic libraries across the state of Illinois consists of nearly 38 million items. The VuFind has allowed users to add tags since 2010 to any item while logged into the system. This presentation will share quantitative and qualitative analyses of users tags added to the system from 2010 to 2017 (286,805 tags to 157,215 records), and discuss how tag services can move into annotations services to further meet users’ needs and support scholarly activities.