Early Thoughts on cataloging for patrons

Goals for workshop:

Give patrons undertstanding of differing quality levels of records in our database and why this is a necessary evil.

Train patrons accordingly so they may place holds on items with higher accuracy (i.e. avoid records showing characteristics of large and regular print editions, which will be weeded out).

Identify for patrons some local policies (i.e. dividing line between memoirs and biographies) that may aid them in browsing the collection.

Explain basic cataloging principals (show how MARC records influence OPAC display) to open up library procedures.

For Possible Inclusion:

Future directions for cataloging (FRBR, tagging, etc…)

Discuss heirarchical model for organizing information vs. Everything is Miscellaneous model

Cataloger’s Discretion

Copy cataloging vs. Original cataloging

Local catalog vs. shared catalog

To be avoided?:

Based on one conversation, avoid giving patrons enough knowledge that they can second guess the library’s decissions (i.e. call number assignments).

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