March 2008 Archives

For those of you wanting Dewey training, help is at hand!

OCLC is developing online training courses in Dewey classification. As it says on the Website, these training materials are “focused on the needs of experienced librarians who need Dewey application training.” The offerings will eventually include a basic course with 12 sections on the structure and use of the DDC, and a series of short modules based on special topics. The following sections of the Basic Course are already prepared in draft form:

  • Technical Introduction to the DDC (2.5 hours); Exercises for Technical Introduction (1 hour)
  • WebDewey: Basics (1 hour)
  • Introduction to Table 1 (1 hour); Exercises for Table 1 (1 hour)

Currently, there are 7 Short Modules planned, and three are now ready in draft form (one is a repeat of the first section of the Basic Course):

  • Technical Introduction to the DDC* (Refresher) (2.5 hours); Exercises for Technical Introduction (1 hour)
  • Choice of Number Review (.5 hour); Exercises for Choice of Number Review (.5 hour)
  • Number Building: Add Tables (1 hour); Exercises for Number Building: Add Tables (1 hour)

These courses are not easy to find. In fact, as far as I can tell, you can’t get to them without this direct link to the Dewey Training Courses.

RDA Update as of March 2008

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The Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA (Resource Description and Access) continues its work on the new cataloging code to replace AACR2; and with a release date of early 2009, the cataloging community has begun to think (and worry?) seriously about training and implementation. An ALA RDA Implementation Task Force has been formed, but I have been unable to find any recent information about it. It is not expected that actual implementation will take place until late 2009, and even then, it may be only a partial implementation. 
RDA has been reorganized and now incorporates FRBR principles more clearly. All the FRBR entities are included and each section and chapter is related to a FRBR user task and a FRBR entity. You can see an outline of the new organization at the JSC RDA website.
Some other links that may be of interest:

Basic Cataloging Training

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If you, or someone you know, needs introductory training on how to:

  • create a basic catalog record (for cataloging or acquisitions purposes)
  • choose and create name headings and other access points
  • or assign subject headings and classification numbers (only Dewey numbers in this particular session) 

go to our Training sessions web site to check out the MOTSE Cataloging Basics series currently being offered in the Twin Cities.  The first session is April 4, so don't delay.

If you'd like these sessions offered at another location, let us know ( and we'll see what we can do to bring them to a site near you!

In case you're wondering who or what MOTSE is, check out their site here.


Minnesota Library Association 2008 Annual Conference

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Attention Minnesota Librarians!

Have you thought about submitting a program proposal for the Minnesota Library Association 2008 Annual Conference? The conference will be held November 19-21 at the Sheraton in Bloomington, MN. The theme of the Conference is: To Explore, To Evolve, To Excel…Together.

Even if you do not submit a session proposal, I welcome your suggestions for topics and/or speakers!

To submit a session proposal, please complete the Session Proposal Form with as much information as possible.

(1) submit it to by March 12 AND

(2) Please send a copy to me so I’m aware of what has been submitted and can advocate for the Technical Services programs at the Conference Planning Committee meetings. Although the final deadline is April 11, session proposals submitted by March 12 will be discussed at our March 14 meeting.

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