ETL505 Module 2: systems and tools
Everybody feel the metadata sharing love! My time as a LT taught me one very important lesson – if someone else had already catalogued it, using specific, well known, widely accepted metadata then DON’T TRY AND DO IT YOURSELF!
The beauty of a SCIS membership is that you can be assured that for MANY resources pertinent to your library, specialist cataloguing librarians have already done the hard work for you!
This sharing of metadata and well constructed catalogue entries means higher rates of successful search hits, in turn leading to quicker access to quality materials useful for teaching and learning. It also leaves far less room for personal interpretation of subject headings/metadata tags. Doesn’t get much better than that!
With this in mind, I’m still at a total loss as to why our school doesn’t take advantage of Follett’s $1.28 per resource cataloguing service. Sure it can add up BIG TIME when you order hundreds, if not thousands, of books each year. But surely, paying someone like me, an essentially unqualified cataloger to correctly catalogue resources is just as expensive. Plus the TIME saved by having professionals do the work for you BEFORE the books even arrive at your door is priceless. Not to mention Follett also cover, barcode AND security spine label EVERY SINGLE RESOURCE!
Perhaps it’s because Follett deals with mostly US and UK publishers and our school gets most of our resources from Aus (TL is Aussie)? Our TL did show us how to import from SCIS so I gather that is the alternative to doing everything by hand…
‘Library catalogue records’ (pp. 93-98), of Hider, P. (2012). Information resource description. London: Facet.
‘Z39.50’ (pp. 125-126), of Hider, P. (2012). Information resource description. London: Facet.
‘SRU and CQL’ on p. 126 and ‘OpenURL’ on p. 131, of Hider, P. (2012). Information resource description. London: Facet.
Metadata for search engines’ (pp.98-99) and ‘OAI-PMH’ (pp. 130-133), of Hider, P. (2012). Information resource description. London: Facet.
‘Interoperability’ (pp. 99-101), of Hider, P. (2012). Information resource description. London: Facet.