The theme of our December issue is cataloguing non-text based and unusual material and as a result is a bumper issue of very useful insights and practices.
Excerpt from the editorial:
Welcome to Catalogue and Index 189 where our theme this issue is about cataloguing non-text based, and unusual material. We wanted to hear from people who catalogue this kind of material as part of their daily job, and who might be able to offer advice to those who only encounter it occasionally. As a result we have a wonderful selection of articles looking at a wide range of material from audio files to board games, pig lungs to meteorites, and pop music to volcanoes! With a gamut of useful information you may need to keep a copy of this issue close at hand to help with those unexpected items arriving at your desk.
Training Bursary – Library Juice Online Course – Dewey Decimal Classification
Already thinking about CPD for 2018? Would you like to enhance your Dewey classification skills?
CIG is offering 1 free registration on the Dewey Decimal Classification course which runs between February 5th – March 2nd 2018.
You will learn how to:
Analyse the subject matter of resources in order to assign Dewey numbers.
Use Web Dewey (trial access is included for the duration of the course) to find, select and build Dewey numbers.
Use Dewey tables to add depth to classification numbers.
Make confident decisions when classifying resources that straddle subject areas.
Critically analyse Dewey numbers in copy cataloguing records.
The course is taught asynchronously so that you can fit your study around your work/life commitments. Tuition is via readings, assignments and an online discussion forum.
You will also receive a certificate on successful completion of the course.
How to apply:
To apply for the free registration you must be a CIG member (although CILIP membership is not required.) The application (approx. 200 words) should demonstrate why you would like to enrol; how you would use this training opportunity to highlight or promote CIG’s special areas of interest; and why you would not be able to enrol without CIG sponsorship.
If you are successful you will be required to write about your experience of the course and its’ content. Your report, or summary, will be shared with CIG members via the CIG blog and/or our professional journal.
Proposals are invited for the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG) biennial conference “Metadata: Create, Share and Enrich” to be held from 5-7 September 2018 at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This year’s conference aims to showcase the continued need for quality metadata in a data dominated world and those who create, share, enrich and use it. We encourage submissions from information professionals, data suppliers, data researchers, standards and system developers on this theme and active audience participation.
If you want to find out more about the call for proposals please visit our page discussing in length conference topics, formats, submissions and submissions deadline.
Do you use and/or have an interest in the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)? Are you interested in playing a part in the development of DDC?
The UK DDC User Forum is looking for new members. The Forum meets once a year to discuss proposed changes to the DDC, feeding back the views of the UK user community to the International Editorial Policy Committee. We would welcome expressions of interest from anyone based in the UK, especially from those working in the public library sector and/or from institutions in Northern Ireland or Wales, as these areas are currently under-represented.
For those who are interested in becoming new members, you have 2 choices:
If you have any informal questions about membership, then in the first instance please email: Deborah Lee (email@example.com).
To apply, please email: the Chair, Terrance Mann (Terrance.Mann@bl.uk), with supporting information about your current role and location, DDC experience and any particular subject expertise. The deadline for applications is Friday 16 February 2018.
CIG has negotiated a 20% discount for members wishing to enrol on any of the online courses offered by Library Juice Academy.
There is a range of professional development workshops for librarians and other library staff, focusing on practical topics to build new skills.
Courses of interest to CIG members include:
Dewey Decimal Classification
Library of Congress Classification
Emphasis is on student interaction with instructors and with each other, supported by a variety of class assignments and reading materials. Furthermore, the instructors are librarians and LIS faculty who have developed specialised knowledge in the subjects they teach.
Workshops are taught asynchronously, so you can participate as your own schedule allows, within a four or six-week period. There is also permanent access to course materials and assignment marks.
I was thrilled to learn that I had won a bursary for the RDA in a Day event, not least because I am new to the profession but also new to cataloguing! Cataloguing experience is difficult to come by as a new professional and I saw this as a valuable opportunity to get to grips with my new passion and the new standard before starting a CILIP accredited course in September.
Turning up at CILIP HQ, I was delighted to meet librarians from the BBC, Natural History Museum and Royal Zoological Society. It was interesting to hear how cataloguing fits into their roles and how much of RDA they were already familiar with. With a tea in hand, we were briefed by Alan Danskin and Lesley Firth of the British Library on the day ahead. They detailed how we will create catalogue records using RDA and RIMMF, learn to navigate the RDA toolkit, discuss the FRBR model and understand how RDA and MARC can be used together.
Classification is a fundamental part of library and information work, but rarely gets the same attention as its cataloguing cousin. Not only does classification tell us where to place a physical or electronic resource, it also organises knowledge itself. This workshop offers an opportunity to think about and discuss the broad concerns of classification theory and practice, without focusing on any one particular scheme.
Each session will offer an equal quantity of talks and hands-on activities, including “Classification speed-dating”, “Classification elevator pitches”, “Classification scheme ethical analysis” and “Reclassification group problem-solving”.
Guest speakers include Prof. Vanda Broughton (Emeritus Professor, UCL) and Dr Aida Slavic (Editor-in-chief, UDC). The workshop will be led by Deborah Lee (Senior Cataloguer, Courtauld Institute of Art, and PhD student, City, University of London) and Anastasia Kerameos (Serials & e-Resources Librarian, BFI).