March 3-28, 2014 Credits: 1.5 CEUs
This class will look at the fundamentals of what library cataloging is, some of the basic principles, and why it is fundamental to information access and retrieval in library information systems. The goal is not to teach cataloging mechanics, but to look at different data structures, information organization, authority control, and how non-print materials are handled. The class is intended for non-catalogers who wish to gain a better understanding of cataloging in order to help them in their non-cataloging roles in the library.
At the completion of this class, the attendee will:
- Understand what what catalogers do and how their work correlates to other activities in the library.
- Be able to distinguish between “Cataloging” and “Information management.”
- Identify the different types of information selection tools and information organization scheme(s).
- Recognize the important of data integrity and what role entropy plays in library catalog information.
- Understand how cataloging information is stored and manipulated in an electronic environment.