A library catalog is established so that library users are able to retrieve the needed information.
The staff of the Cataloging Department creates the Library’s online public access catalog (OPAC) through provision of bibliographic records for materials in all formats held in Nealley Library. In addition we provide records and links to remote electronic resources. The work of cataloging involves three main areas:
- Descriptive Cataloging: bibliographic description of the title cataloged, including selection and formulation of access points (such as authors, titles, series, etc.)
- Subject Cataloging: determination of subject content, selection of appropriate subject headings from a standardized thesaurus, and assignment of a call number
- Authority Control: decisions on the form of catalog headings for names or subjects, creation of cross reference structures to support catalog users in finding access points, and catalog maintenance work to ensure consistency and reliability in catalog search results.
Library collections are cataloged following the latest revisions of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules and Library of Congress practices as published in their rule interpretations. Library materials are classified using the Library of Congress classification schedules with the exception of materials in the CD Collection, which are classified using an accession number system.
Cataloging Department set up the following cataloging goals:
- To build and maintain a comprehensive online catalog to serve as primary access to the Library’s collections.
- To establish the catalog as the gateway to remote information resources.
- To provide ongoing maintenance and quality control of the catalog records to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the database and increase its research value.
- To be responsive to user requests and queries.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
- Lost Books
- Discarded Books
- Modifying E-Book MARC Records
- LC Classification (Last updated January 2008)
- Location Codes
- MARC Tags Checklist
- Copy Cataloging Checklist
- LC Cutter Table
- Abbreviations of Certain Countries, States, Provinces and Territories (Maine.gov)
- Training OPAC
- RDA Toolkit
- Books in Print
- Books in Print (off campus login)
- Classification Web (LC Class)
- Library of Congress Online Catalog
- OCLC Bibibliographic Formats & Standards
- OCLC Connexion
- Google Books
- RDA Online
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WORKSHOPS (Free)
CATALOGING DEPARTMENT WEBSITES & OTHER TOOLS
- Memorial University ( Newfoundland )
- Princeton University
- Online Dictionary (ODLIS)
- LC Cataloging Directorate -
- AACR + RDA
- The JSC web site
- The RDA Online web site
- MARC 21 changes
- LC/NAL/NLM testing
- Resource Description and Access: Background/Overview.
(May 14, 2008. 67 minutes)
- Cataloging Principles and RDA: Resource Description and Access. (June 10, 2008, 49 minutes)
- FRBR: Things you should know about but were afraid to ask.(March 4, 2009. 57 minutes)
- Understanding FRBR as a Conceptual Model: FRBR & the Bibliographic Universe (article)
- OCLC Training Portal: Cataloging
- AACR + MARC21:
Cataloging with AACR2 and MARC21: For Books, Electronic Resources, Sound Recordings, Videorecordings, and Serials, 2nd Edition, 2006 CUMULATION. Deborah A. Fritz. ALA, 2006. $68.
- OCLC Resources
- OCLC Connexion
- OCLC Connexion: Searching WorldCat (2005, ppt - 53 p. - Clear OCLC Binder)
Background; Interface choices: Connexion Browser / Client; Enter searches & view results; Numeric searches; Keyword searches; Qualifiers; Phrase searches; Browse
- Connexion Browser Cataloging Quick Reference (0511)
- Connexion: Searching WorldCat Quick Reference (0607)
- Connexion Client Quick Reference (0605)
- OCLC Connexion Client Function Key Template (0503)
- Library of Congress Classification (in progress)
- Cataloging Resources
- lib-web-cats (from Library Technology Guides)
- WorldCat at SAC
Send comments to Nealley Library Cataloging Department at firstname.lastname@example.org