December 2008 Archives

Online Cataloging Course Opportunities

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Check out these two online introduction to cataloging courses (Note the local instructors):

Begins Jan. 12, 2008 (16 week course)
Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Description: Interested in brushing up your library cataloging skills? Want to do it in a supportive, course-based learning environment? Want to do it online? Then consider registering for Minneapolis Community and Technical College's INFS 2200 Introduction to Cataloging course.

Taught as part of MCTC's Library Information Technology A.S. degree and certificate programs, this 16-week, 3-credit course introduces cataloging and classification of information resources, including print, audiovisual, and digital formats. You will apply cataloging metadata standards to create original and edit existing MARC records in OCLC.

You will be introduced to Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification schemes. You will use Library of Congress Subject Headings and other controlled vocabularies for subject analysis of resources. You will be introduced to professional and ethical
standards for cataloging, emphasizing user access to information.

Throughout the course, we'll be looking at changes being brought forward by the transition to RDA (Resource Description and Access), as well as exploring other literature related to knowledge management.

Cost: $475.68
Registration: To register for this course, view enrollment information for non-degree seeking students. Students must contact the instructor, Virginia Heinrich, by Jan. 7, 2008 to be registered after applying to the college using the online registration system.

The instructor's contact information is:, 612-659-6296

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Information Studies
Jan. 12 - Feb. 20, 2009
Registration Fee: $149.00; Current Student Fee $99.00

Description: This course provides an introduction to descriptive cataloging following the 2002 Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed., 2005 updates, and integrates this using the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data (MFBD) and International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD). The course objective is to provide library staff with a fundamental basis in the descriptive cataloging of print monographs. The course will also introduce nonprint and special formats, subject analysis, and classification. The workshop is four weeks long, with two modules each week, one discussion session each week, and quizzes for each module. Students will build a small portfolio of cataloged MARC records, building upon concepts learned each week.

Instructor: Robert L. Bothmann, associate professor, is electronic access/catalog librarian at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) where he serves as the cataloger for electronic and print monographs and journals and provides leadership and technical expertise for defining and providing access to electronic resources.

Register for the Course

Site Visit to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

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On Wednesday, December 10, on my way back to the Twin Cities from the Iron Range after doing training at Arrowhead Library System, I paid an informal site visit to the Ruth A. Myers Library at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

I met with Nancy Broughton, the Library Director and Diane Rauschenfels the Library Technician and quickly learned that a lot has been happening at the college. Enrollment has doubled in the last four years and construction was recently completed on the second expansion of the college’s main building since it opened in the early 1990s.

We began with a tour of the library. Recently expanded to twice its formal size, it is spacious and full of light. There are public computers, study rooms, a staff workroom, comfortable furniture, and a fireplace, and plenty of room on the shelves for additions to the collection. With the expansion also came space for archives and a large classroom for library instruction. In addition to its general holdings the library includes Minnesota and Anishinaabe/Ojibwe collections and long runs of several Native American serials which Nancy hopes to digitize someday. In recent years the library has received significant donations of Native American materials.

We also took a tour of the college’s main building. Located in a grove of towering red pines this building is in the shape of a thunderbird with sections in each of the four sacred colors of the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe people—white, yellow, red, and black. Many large windows connect the interior to the outside world. There is also a residence hall for 100 students. In addition to liberal arts, the college offers programs in nursing, law enforcement, and American Indian Studies and its halls and classrooms were busy. The college also recently began an athletics program.

Nancy and Diane gave me a warm welcome and were quite forthcoming in our conversation. Although the library has a full OCLC membership, they currently do not use either Connexion Client or WorldCat Research Sharing. Their cataloging is done by Kim Johnson at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College; their ILL is done through MnPALS. We talked mainly about the expansion of the library.

Site Visit to East Central Regional Library

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On December 4 Virginia Dudley and I drove up to Cambridge, MN for a site visit at the East Central Regional Library. We got a nice welcome from the staff and the meeting went well. Most of our discussion focused on cataloging services and there’s a lot going on. They are currently using CatExpress to copy catalog records for non-print titles and getting records for other formats from vendors. What original cataloging they do is done in their ILS. But they are mulling over the possibility of becoming full members and using Connexion. We discussed the membership and subscription fees with them. Before they reach any decision on membership they will resolve other items on their agenda. They are currently in the midst of taking inventory at all of their libraries, and they are also considering changing their ILS.

In general, they seem satisfied with the services provided by MINITEX. This is the only site visit we’ve conducted so far during which we were served home-made pie.

Pictures of the Library:

A view of the Children's Area

image of children's area with Xmas tree

Another of the Children's Area

image of children's area with red chairs

Here's the Adult Area

image of adults' area

Site Visit to Pine Technical College

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On Monday, Dec. 8, Virginia Dudley and I drove north to Pine City to visit Pine Technical College Learning Resource and Technology Center.

Ron McGriff is the half time librarian and Laurie Jorgenson works for both the library and for the technology half of the center. Before our meeting, Ron took us on a tour of the college. Our first stop was the classroom used for their Gunsmithing program (one of the few gunsmithing programs in the country).

Image of gunsmithing classroom

We passed by another classroom filled with giant machines - this was their classroom used for their CNC Operations (machine tool certificate part of this program) Program

Image of classroom for machinists

We learned about a few other interesting programs we were unaware of like the Johnson Simulation Center. The Center's current projects include scenario and procedural training applications, military immersive simulations, and game development. Pine Technical College also has a few Community Programs for child care and an employment and training center.

From our meeting we learned that recently they have expanded their Reference collection, moved some program collections to the library such as child development and nursing, done quite a lot of weeding, and enhanced their website - including a “new items” page. Ron McGriff is working on a 5 year plan for the library, and the college is busy planning for an accreditation evaluation.

Below we have shared a few more pictures from our visit.

Pine Technical College Learning Resource and Technology Center
Image of Pine Technical College Learning Resource and Technology Center

Main Entrance to Pine Technical College
main entrance to Pine Technical College

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