Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cataloging of Children's Materials

Below are notes from this committee's Midwinter meeting:

The Cataloging of Children's Materials committee produces the Cataloging Correctly for Kids resource through ALA Editions.

Committee members were from university and school libraries as well as from related organizations and vendors such as the Library of Congress, OCLC, Bound to Stay Bound , Permabound, H.W. Wilson, and Follett.

Angela Murphy-Walters, Senior Cataloging Specialist at the Library of Congress, reported that: "For the first time in its 200 year history, the Library of Congress is opening a special place for young visitors, children under the age of 16” called the Young Readers Center.

Many committee members shared specific cataloging concerns and solutions from their associated organization. For example, the new releases of Boxcar children’s books are not written by Gertrude Chandler Warner, but the Library of Congress will keep her name in the main author entry in order to keep the books together on the shelf. Also, sequel notes will be kept in the bibliographic record for items in a series so users will know that they are meant to be read in a particular order.

Other concerns focused on wording. For example, the Library of Congress now uses the subject headings “Wealth” and “Poverty” instead of “Rich” and “Poor.” The representative from H.W. Wilson talked about his organization's issues with the subject heading “Indians.” Does this refer to people from India or native peoples? They suggested using the terms Hindi or Indic. The OCLC representative’s report expanded this concern. His company helps worldwide libraries to catalog using Dewey; there are issues with translation as well as the need to create new subject headings that capture culturally important interests and topics. This same rep suggested that we look at Dewey.info. It is "an experimental space for linked DDC data."

Below are some cataloging terms that I first heard in graduate school 3-4 years ago and heard again during this meeting. However, I know that I do not understand these areas as readily or deeply as this session's committee members do.

Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings
Sears List of Subject Headings from H.W. Wilson
AACR2 vs RDA (RDA appears to be a new method based on Ferber rules, feedback on testing expected in March 2011)
MARC21 machine-readable format
OAI Metadata

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