Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
For several years now, once every semester, LP & I have visited with students about aspects of being a school librarian...my colleague speaks about collection development, ordering issues, and things related to using an automation system...
And I get to talk about cataloging! The word that strikes fear into (almost) any library-loving soul! I prefer to describe it as a talk about access and accountability of library materials.
Let me set a couple of ground rules before I go any further:
1. I am a librarian who happens to do an excess amount of cataloging as part of my current job...and for the most part find it entertaining/enjoyable/interesting...most days. I am not a cataloger. Those are two entirely different people!
2. This particular post is not a place for the debate for or against cataloging or too much about the impending changes. You can read about my feelings on these topics elsewhere and in the future.
025.4 The Dewey Blog
Catalogablog (David Bigwood from right here in our area) one of his current posts speaks to our new "friend" FRBR)
MARC - MAchine Readable Cataloging
AACR2 - Anglo-American Cataloging Rules 2 not to be updated but replaced
FRBR - Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records
RDA - Resource Description & Access
Controlled vocabulary Google it and you get a bunch of stuff to read
Subjects vs Keywords...tags
LC subject headings (aka authorities) vs Sears subject headings
Our district uses LC subjects...many school library systems do.
Dewey Decimal System
Record vs Holding - this evening's conversation really didn't get around to this and I am sorry because it can a difficult concept to grasp.
Stand alone vs union catalog
A union catalog allows all patrons to see and use (with some boundaries) any materials found across the district. Requires that certain procedures and "rules" be followed...what is best for the organization as a whole.
Library of Congress Catalog
Marc Wizard (Marc Magician & Marc on Demand) subscription fee-based more info here
Library of Texas some free resources
Cataloging Overview PPT
How to use World Cat PPT
more to come...
The group was full of great participants. They have not been in "library school" very long & I believe that all are still in the classroom as opposed to several times when the audience was made up of practicing librarians and teachers. Asked good questions...many for clarification of terms that they haven't used yet! Many expressed such enthusiasm towards their new adventure...it's hard not to catch their "fever." And that is why I love this opportunity...wonderful way to renew my own spirit!
Wish I had had 30 seconds to show this little Animoto TEASe about librarianship...at least some parts of it...collection development, cataloging, collaboration...FUN!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
The list (in no particular order) includes:
All in the Family
Mad About You
I can hear the buzzing already.
1. Who would have thought anyone who is a big-wig (heck, a plain ol' member) in Mensa would have "wasted" time on the social wasteland of TV as many people consider it to be? ( I said many people, not I!)
2. Jeopardy and Cosmos are givens as far as I am concerned based on their intent and content.
3. M.A.S.H. -- my personal all-time favorite show. It made me think ALL the time...in between the laughing and tears.
4. All in the Family -- another personal favorite on many levels (including the fact it was the ONLY TV program my father ever talked to me about long-distance while I was away at school.)
5. Frasier -- ok, I think I can see this one...especially since it is on about 15 times a day right now in re-runs so there is plenty of opportunity to "study" it. I do think it has to do more with the "brilliance" of the brothers and an occasional spotlight among the other players than the overall program.
6. CSI -- science at a level similar to that of Cosmos made more "entertainable" with stories. The science is at such a high level that I just have to assume it is being portrayed closely. If I really want to understand the "why" I can not multi-task. I often found myself researching the results...the chemistry or physics or whatever. And if I had ever entertained the thought of committing a crime..well, that idea is completely gone now...for sure!
7. I loved the West Wing...another one I could not multitask around...great characters, but Top 10 "smartest?" I will have to think on that one. Same with Boston Legal and House...great characters...good representatives, but Top 10?
8. Mad About You -- huh? Did not watch it in prime time. Have seen bits and pieces because of re-runs. Would have thought Seinfeld would have taken this spot ahead of Mad. and I was not a Seinfeld fan simple because I didn't "get it."
But that is why I love trivia lists like this one...for the thinking and talking that will occur because of it!
As for a few more of my "why aren't they there" choices...
Lost--if you want something representing current TV. Especially fond of the literary "clues."
Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone--a classic though-provoking show (I bet there are few people out there surprised I would have this one MY list.)
Laugh-in --I was in high school. I wish it was in re-runs so I could study it as an adult now!
Northern Exposure-- enjoyed it, still not sure I understood it.
Wish there was a list of "most intelligent" books...that would be an interesting study!
Got any thoughts?
O, BTW...want some oxymoron info?
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Sunday, February 17, 2008
This young lady is named Rin, currently 21 and her first best seller was "texted" when she was a senior in high school. The TV report indicated that at one point she was measured texting 1000 characters per minute.
For Japan, it's that intersection between a tech-savvy population, a
language written in characters and time \spent commuting that
make cell phone novels so popular to both read and write and why Americans will probably never see versions of the new novel form, said Paul Saffo, a Silicon Valley-based technology analyst.
Friday, February 15, 2008
O, by the way, changing the design was not the only reason for the change. Seems we have used up all the alpha-numeric combinations possible with the 6 character format. Took us 33 years to do so. TxDot needed to add a 7th character so they decided that it was also a good time for a design change as well. Personally, I'm glad...never cared for the tiny hodge-podge symbols on the current one.
As part of the 23 Things program that the SBISD Library Information Services Department is sponsoring, Players get to mess around with lots of image generators. One in particular is Image Chef that has a license plate (and yes, other states ARE available!) on which you can create messages. My "practice" plate for the 23 Things advertises the program.
Then I just played around a bit more to show you some other ideas for this fun Thing! Maybe the other states could be incorporated into the traditional states' reports we all have our kids do at some point?