Crash Course in Basic Cataloging with RDA
Unfamiliar with the numerous advances and changes to organization of information and cataloging in the last decade? No matter; this guide explains the basics of current cataloging practice—including new RDA rules—in plain, everyday language.
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Covering tools, terminology, and the FRBR-based RDA approach to description, this book explains the current principles of organization of information and basic cataloging practices for non-catalogers, enabling readers to understand elements of the cataloging process and interact with records in a basic manner.
Organization of information and cataloging is often the most daunting task for library technicians and non-catalogers working in the library. New RDA cataloging rules can be baffling for even the more seasoned catalogers. Written by two authors with 20 years' combined experience in cataloging instruction, Crash Course in Basic Cataloging with RDA approaches current principles of organization of information and cataloging practices from a basic standpoint for non-catalogers. It makes a complex topic easy to understand and a complicated practice doable for those without the proper training and necessary experience.
The book gives readers a basic understanding of organization of information and cataloging practice, explaining how records are created and the approaches to different formats of information in libraries, including MARC records and encoding RDA cataloging records; offering assistance in applying RDA; identifying the cataloger's tools; and providing non-technical explanations for the tasks that today's catalogers do. It contains an introduction, a bibliography/webliography, and three appendices of additional resources (Cataloging Tools, Resources for Catalogers, and Sample Catalog Records).
- Provides an easy-to-follow, basic understanding of organization of library information and cataloging practice that explains how records are created and offers assistance in applying RDA
- Offers valuable insight for non-catalogers (and even non-librarians) into the practices and tools used in organization of information and cataloging by documenting the work that catalogers are now doing
- Explains the approaches to organizing different formats of materials in libraries and accounts for the effects of RDA on current cataloging practices
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- Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What is Cataloging?
Chapter 2: ILSs and the Online Library Catalog
Chapter 3: Materials and Approaches in Library Cataloging
Chapter 4: Encoding RDA Cataloging Records
Chapter 5: RDA, the Toolkit, and Works and Expressions
Chapter 6: RDA: Manifestations and Items
Chapter 7: Access Points and Controlled Vocabulary
Chapter 8: Subject Access and Controlled Vocabulary
Chapter 9: Classification
Chapter 10: Working with Catalog Records and Materials
Appendix A: Examples of RDA Cataloging Records in MARC
Appendix B: Cataloging Tools: A Bibliography/Webliography
Appendix C: Professional Resources for Catalogers
"This book is a good introduction to current standard cataloging and can serve as a handy supplement to whatever other learning opportunities are available."