Monthly Archives: April 2010

Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program: Day 1: AACR2 v CSR

Having been out of school for just a few months, I’m quite surprised about how much the realm of cataloging has changed/is changing/will be changing. As the title of this post indicates, today focused on serials cataloging issues. Serials can use AACR2 or CONSER, Cooperative ONline SERials. CONSER (CSR), tends to find itself implemented in academic and research libraries so far.  In the presentation and in the following examples, CONSER is part of the standard record application of AACR2 while AACR2 notes tend to go beyond CSR.

Here are a short list of comparisons between how AACR2 and CSR (CONSER) catalog records

MARC field AACR2 CONSER (CSR)
245 Abbreviation for title in 245 Abbreviation for title in 246
300 Required for all resources & needs various subfields Not required for print resources or non-tangible resources (ex: serials only online)–>therefore, only for tangible items (CD-ROMs, etc.) that aren’t in print
362 State source of description if you are not working with the 1st edition Always state source description
500 Note Source only if information is not from the Title page Always note source of information; always include note about Latest issue consulted

Unlike the APA changes, I don’t mind the CONSER changes that include more information in the 362 and 500 field.  The bread crumb effect would make life easier than having to guess “When did someone add this info to the record and from what edition?”  However, as print editions are changing from the default publication medium to an optional add-on to the electronic version, I think CONSER should stick with the “always” theme and just keep the physical description info for all types, perhaps just find a better way to describe electronic items instead of just leaving the subfields in the MARC record blank.  With day 2 tomorrow, I’m sure I’ll have more info to share.  However, now, with those changes in mind, remember to hold on to your hats, because RDA (the update to AACR2) will be out in June 2010!

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Here and Now: Community Colleges

Thanks, KJZZ (Arizona’s NPR) for the interesting discussion regarding the current state of community colleges, particularly changing demographics, moving to hybrid/online courses, swelling enrollments, and partnering trends between 2-year and 4-year institutions. Guests include Thomas Bailey of the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teacher College, Steven Goldstein in the Maricopa Community College, and Maricopa Community College Chancellor Rufus Glasper. Enjoy the listen!
Here and Now: Community Colleges – KJZZ 91.5 FM – Your NPR News Station

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Make it Pretty: The Value of Good Presentation Software

Having spent a few days at the CARL (California Academic and Research Libraries) conference in Sacramento, I became acutely aware of the importance of good graphical representation when presenting.  As my fellow library students remember, Powerpoint is “the death of education” many times and is more a transcript of a lecture than an additional visual component to a multi-level delivery. To my point, I present this Powerpoint from the Pew Internet about Connected Organizations uploaded to Slideshare


While I did run into quite a few Powerpoint presentations (not all were bad), I was more impressed by the variety of other presentation software available. For example, compare the Powerpoint seen before to Kenley Neufeld’s presentation using iWorks, the Apple form of Microsoft Office.  Reference Desk Toolkit Now, granted Kenley’s sense of graphic design plays a large part into the difference between these two but the fact that you could also easily consider Kenley’s site a Web 2.0 style website makes it much more attractive (and legible). 

Somewhere in between, I find Google Docs, the presentation software I typically deploy for teaching because it’s just so darn easy, its highly flexible for deployment in Smart Classrooms where I can have students following along and chatting me questions in the software, and I don’t need a thumbdrive to have access to it.

However, if I had the time, I would have been more inclined to use Prezi, yet another software option. An example of this radically non-slide presentation software found using the link below (WordPress.com doesn’t cooperate with the embed feature of Prezi too well).

You can zoom in and out, rotate, flip, and move. But, according to a source who has used it before, be sure to have a backup on a thumbdrive as sometimes the live site can seize up on you.

Another platform I’ve seen deployed before is Vuvox, a tapestry like presentation software that scrolls back and forth on a continual frame. A few years ago I saw a presenter use Vuvox to demonstrate its photo, audio, and video embedding capabilities, but the scrolling could be a bit confusing, as you can end up scrolling quite a bit to find one thing you accidentally skipped over or want to return to.

There’s plenty more that I have learned from the conference, but this is a good enough start for now….

iPad – To buy or not to buy?

Okay, so this isn’t much of a question since I can’t foresee when I would have time to take advantage of a new toy just now, but I can’t help feeling swayed by each new news item about the pros and cons of the new iPad. From what I’ve gathered so far, the iPad has a *color* eReader, web access, and App capabilities. But, is this really a laptop killer? Lack of Flash support, no multitasking, no camera, and almost dominant content delivery via iTunes only?!  While still light years ahead of the single-purpose Kindle, I’m still holding my breath for THE tablet/ebook reader.

On another note, mobile outreach and roaming reference in the stacks could be a lot more deployable with something like the iPad.  Some other fields have already started analyzing the iPad’s pro and cons.  I personally find the iPad’s possible deployment in the health care field to be a good guide for what libraries can think about and anticipate before adding iPads to their collection, in conjunction with the educational (admin side) and the educational (student-view) foci.

I know some of you will be receiving yours soon.  Thoughts? Experiences? Feedback on these presumed fears and dreamed about pros?