RDA : Catalog Discovery Tool

ECSU Author/Contributor (non-ECSU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Nurhak Tuncer-Bayramli, Librarian (Music), Cataloger (Creator)
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU )
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Abstract: As part of the practicum experience, the practicum student focused on collection management, reference, and cataloging at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library under the supervisor of music bibliographer Scott Landvatter and music cataloger Kevin Kishimoto. Collection management, reference, and cataloging are essential core competencies of a library and are especially critical in managing a library’s music collection. This paper focuses on “music cataloging,” an area that the student concentrated on during the second half of the practicum. The first half of the practicum was mostly based on music collection management, particularly preservation and reference. As a result of the experiences during this practicum (within the three month period), the student acknowledges that a library in which librarians possess cataloging skills has a significant impact on improving the public’s view of records. Understanding the challenges that arise in cataloging and having an awareness of best practices in dealing with these challenges can significantly enhance the level of service that a librarian can provide to library patrons. Within the cataloging scope, this paper's primary emphasis is to show how Resource Description and Access (RDA) that is the new data formulating system today, changed the public's view of the library catalog. Looking behind catalogs' scenes, understanding how information is recorded in these catalogs, and knowing the kind of information they contain made it possible for this student to understand providing better access to library users.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2014
music cataloging, RDA, practicum, University of Chicago, FRBR, library catalog, discovery layer

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