OCLC Offers Cataloging Course, Announces Preservation Resources Implementation

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OCLC Offers Cataloging Course, Announces Preservation Resources Implementation


OCLC has announced that its OCLC Institute will offer a new Web-based cataloging course designed to teach Internet resource cataloging skills to new and seasoned catalogers, paraprofessionals, and library students. OCLC has also announced that the National Library of New Zealand/Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa has selected its Preservation Resources division to digitize 13 titles of 19th-century newspapers from several areas of New Zealand.

Cataloging Course

"Cataloging Internet Resources Using MARC 21 and AACR2" was cooperatively developed by Steven J. Miller, an OCLC Institute consultant; the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Golda Meir Library; three OCLC-affiliated regional networks-- Amigos Library Services, NELINET, and SOLINET; and the OCLC Institute.

According to the announcement, this Web-based course provides easy, 24-hour access to an important body of knowledge for libraries. Designed for self-paced and self-directed study, the course covers current cataloging rules and MARC fields that are essential for libraries to provide efficient, effective, and uniform description and access for selected Internet resources using traditional standards and practices. (A module on cataloging serials is forthcoming.)

Users can access the course's 28 interactive lessons with a standard Web browser. Each lesson contains learning objectives, instructional materials, real-world examples, and quizzes and tests that provide immediate feedback. All lessons feature references and links to authoritative documentation and standards.

The course covers how to do the following:

* Code MARC-leader and control fields

* Record title and statement of responsibility, including title proper, additional title information, and varying forms of title

* Record edition statements

* Record special characteristics of computer files

* Determine how cataloging Internet resources compares with monographic cataloging

* Record date, publisher, and dates of publication

* Record series statements

* Record notes that pertain especially to Internet resources

* Apply existing experience in assigning subject headings and classification to bibliographic records for Internet resources

* Record electronic location and access information using the 856 field

* Record main and added entries

"This course brings together, in a comprehensive yet relatively concise manner, just about all of the information that a cataloger will need to handle most electronic resources with confidence," said Jay Weitz, consulting database specialist for OCLC Metadata Standards and Quality, who reviewed and critiqued the course luring development. …

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