RDA in a Day report by Karl Fairhurst
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.
Join Backstage Library Works either in London or Edinburgh this September for a half-day seminar on managing collections and metadata in libraries.
Managing an institution’s collections and metadata can be a huge task. Librarians and archivists feel pressure to continually improve workflows, delivering better service to patrons and researchers.
At the same time, many are being asked to create efficiencies, to find new ways to accomplish more with existing resources.
Librarians at leading institutions are tackling these challenges in innovative ways. We’ve invited a few to discuss their current and future plans with you.
- Reclassification of library collections can speed up an acquisitions workflow and reduce processing costs for new items. Still, the task of changing class marks in the metadata, then relabeling and juggling the physical location of every book in the library can be overwhelming.
- Metadata workflows can be fine-tuned to streamline processes and improve discovery in your catalogue, but changes often require the coordinated efforts of several departments to overcome institutional inertia.
- Digital access to archival collections is expanding at a thrilling rate. However, the next fifty thousand images are only as useful as the metadata that patrons will search to find the content they want.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017, in London
Thursday, 14 September 2017, in Edinburgh
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Date: June 28, 2017
Where: CILIP HQ
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).
We are delighted to be able to offer two sponsored places. For further details, including application deadlines, the programme, fees and to book please visit https://www.cilip.org.uk/cataloguing-indexing-group/events/thinking-about-classification.
Booking is now open for the Cataloguing forNon-Cataloguers course run jointly by BIALL and CIG. Further details and a booking form can be found here.