So many acronyms

Ok step one is to translate the acronyms.
AACR2 Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules. Second Edition
RDA Resource Description and Access
FRBR Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records
FRAD Functional Requirements for Authority Data.

Now I just have to try and work out what they actually do!

This looks like it might be useful


Subject outline

The subject outline is now out and as usual I go straight to the assessment items. 3 this time.
ETL 505 promises to cover The subject covers seven topics:

The need for information resource description
Information retrieval tools
Introducing metadata
Metadata standards
Providing subject access to information resources
Future trends in information organisation
I need Hider, P. (with Harvey, R.) (2008). Organising knowledge in a global society (Rev .ed.). Wagga Wagga, NSW: Centre for Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. Which I have managed to get from my friend and have ordered Mortimer, M. (2004). Learn Dewey Decimal Classification, Edition 22, Canberra: DocMatrix. I share this because I know so many people want to know the texts early on so that they can get buying and perhaps start reading. I’ve order from Book Depository because they offer a discount and promise it will be waiting for me this time next week when i step off the plane in England.
The reading list appears quite extensive and my friend has given me a pile of readings. I’ll need to check if she has printed everything required. I know I should work on line but note taking is not always easy and Diigo doesn’t seem to like PDFs.
E materials include
Australian Committee on Cataloguing. Seminar (2007 : Brisbane, Qld.). Promise for the future, or legacy of the past? Cataloguing in a changing world : papers. Canberra, A.C.T. : Australian Committee on Cataloguing.

Evans, G., Intner; S. S.& Weihs, J. R. (2011) Introduction to technical services (8th ed.). Santa Barbara, Calif. : Libraries Unlimited.

Hsieh-Yee, I. (2006) Organizing audiovisual and electronic resource for access: A cataloging guide. (2nd ed.). Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited.

Intner; S. S., Fountain, J. F., Weihs, J. R., Fritz, D. A., Beall, A. (2011) Cataloging correctly for kids: An introduction to the tools. 5th ed. Chicago : Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, American Library Association.

Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA. & American Library Association.(2010-). RDA resource description & access toolkit. Chicago, Ill. : American Library Association.

Print sources

There is an abundance of books on bibliographic organisation. As a starting point some good works which cover a range of areas in this subject are:

Chowdhury, G. G., & Chowdhury, S. (2007).Organising information: From the shelf to the web. London: Facet.

Chan, L. M., & Hodges, T. (2007). Cataloging and classification: An introduction. Lanham, M.D.: Scarcrow Press.

Hart, A. (2010). The RDA primer: A guide for the occasional cataloger. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Linworth.

Hsieh-Yee, I. (2006). Organizing audiovisual and electronic resources for access: A cataloging guide. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited.

Haynes, E., & Fountain, J. F. (2005). Unlocking the mysteries of cataloguing: A workbook of examples. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited.

Intner, S. S., Lazinger, S. S. & Weihs, J. (2006). Metadata and its impact on libraries. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited.

Oliver, C. (2010) Introducing RDA : a guide to the basics. Chicago, Ill. : American Library Association ; London : Facet Publishing.

Read, J. M. (2003). Cataloguing without tears: Managing knowledge in the information society. Chandos, Oxford.

Rowley, J. E., & Hartley, R. (2008). Organising knowledge: An introduction to managing access to information. (4th ed.). Aldershot: Gower.

Sanchez, E. R. (2011) Conversations with catalogers in the 21st century. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Libraries Unlimited.

Satija, M. P. (2007) The theory and practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Oxford: Chandos.

Scott, M. L. (2005). Dewey Decimal Classification: A study manual and number building guide (22nd ed.). Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited.

Taylor, A. G. & Joudrey, N. D. (2009). The organization of information. (3rd ed.). Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited.

Taylor, A. G. (2006). Wynar’s introduction to cataloguing and classification (10th ed.). Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited.

Weber, M. B., Austin, F. A. (2011). Describing electronic, digital, and other media using AACR2 and RDA: A how-to-do-it manual and CD-ROM for librarians. New York : Neal-Schuman ; London : Facet.

Welsh, A., Batley, S. (2009). Practical cataloguing : AACR, RDA and MARC21. London: Facet.

Lists gathered from CSU Subject outline June 2012.

The first assignment is RDA will replace AACR2 in 2013. What are the advantages of the change from AACR2 to RDA? It’s only 2000 words and in on August 13th. At the moment it may as well be written in Japanese for the sense it makes but fingers crossed by the 13th I’ll have some sort of handle on it.
Things to include to ensure a pass or higher….

The clarity and depth of your understanding of RDA (in particular) and AACR2 (10 marks)

The effectiveness of the overview of the advantages of RDA including:

theoretical structure
compatibility with the digital environment and emerging technologies
potential use and users, including school libraries
rationalisation and potential extension of bibliographic records (10 marks)
continuity with existing standards

I must demonstrate understanding of the following areas within my discussion:

FRBR user tasks – find, select, identify, obtain
FRAD user tasks – find , identify, contextualise, justify
FRBR entities, attributes and relationships – work, expression, manifestation, item
The RDA Toolkit (10 marks)

Presentation must be clear, well structured and properly referenced.

Not much then.
By the way just googled FRBR and I’ve already fried my brain!

Well that’s it then.

Finished digital citizenship …. another one bites the dust! 6 down, 2 academic and placements to go. I really enjoyed the Digital Citizenship module. Judy was amazing. so sensible and organised and very helpful. Copyright was never going to be my thing but it has moved my understanding on and I adored the gaming assignment. Loved making a stunning powerpoint and now know how to use Grease Monkey. All in all a very positive experience.

Now I’m worried about the next one, ETL 505 Bibliographic standards. My friend and colleague almost failed it and she is smart. I’m worried as I’m not always really logical so may find this challenging. She said it is really difficult and I have heard others say that. Maybe its because I haven’t got the mind of a librarian… I hate shelving and don’t find much time for cataloguing. I’d rather be with the kids either teaching or enthusing about the next book they should read.
However look on the bright side she has passed me all the readings so I don’t need to print them off and she had a copy of Hider which has saved me 65 pounds. How they can charge 65 quid for a paperback I have no idea!

The school term is almost over and I’ll be packing this time next week to return to my beautiful house in Derbyshire. I’m looking forward to the hiking, the running and the fresh air. Great food and lots of sleep will make a for a great holiday. Walking the dales way should be fun and a week in Paris to round it all off, I’m spoilt rotten and I love it!

Dales way, 81 miles from Ilkley to Windermere