Copy Cataloging

Submitted by Michael Warner

Catching up with cataloging… here are a few highlights of what’s been going on in and around Room 125 this summer.

Sue Driscoll has been working with Joanne Stewart, in the Reserves Office, to learn the finer points of E-Res materials—as beginning this Fall semester, cataloging will assume primary responsibility for creating metadata (i.e. cataloging) of E-Res items. Sue is also working with Special Collections staff on a project to catalog a gift of several hundred titles, given to Special Collections by the family of Omar S. Pound, Ezra Pound’s son. It’s an eclectic mix of poetry, history and religious texts from the Middle East and South Asia, including translations of poetry as well as texts in the original languages.

Marlena Evans, working in consultation with Lynn Saunders, continues to do retrospective cataloging of selected older Government Documents material. Marlena is also adding a large collection of Art Auction catalogs (Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and the like) —items that are regularly given to the library by the College Art Gallery.

Kristin Geoghegan has been consulting with Tim Mosehauer, of the Career Services Office, on a project to weed their collection and clean up Midcat records for CSO materials. As this is a remote collection, Midcat records for it haven’t always been accurately or fully maintained. About half of the 600 records in Midcat were deleted and Tim devised a new classification scheme for the materials that remained. Kristin trained CSO’s summer student assistant, Casey Mahoney, to edit the online records and make all the necessary changes. Kristin also completed the cataloging of 40-or-so new titles for the collection. (If you are interested in learning more about the CSO collection, a quick Midcat search on Local call number “CSO” will get you the full list of what’s available.)

As the cataloging world pays more attention to genre headings—especially for the DVD collections here at Middlebury, Jess Isler is working to add appropriate musical genre headings, based on a list provided by Terry Simpkins.

Michael Warner and Richard Jenkins continue to consult with Mike Lynch and Jeff Rehbach in connection with adding new materials to our institutional repository collections on NITLE DSpace. Recently added are LIS Annual Reports, posters and presentations; up next, 50 or so 2008 undergrad theses. (To see what’s available: go/dspace) Michael and Arabella Holzapfel are about to undertake a major Periodical weeding project, withdrawing materials duplicated by our JSTOR and other electronic subscriptions. There are currently about 500 titles on the list, consisting of many thousands of bound volumes. For this phase of the project only bound volumes are being withdrawn and discarded. While many microfilm and microfiche subscriptions are also being canceled, the film and fiche we already own are being retained.

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