February 11, 2010
Processing Sound Recordings for Branch Libraries
I've posted instructions for processing sound recordings (cassettes, CDs, etc.) for branch libraries on the TS Special Formats page.
Note that these instructions do not include items for the Music Library--continue to route all TMUSI materials to the Music Cataloging Office.
Questions? Ask Mary
November 16, 2009
LC PSD Video Headings Paper Issued
The Policy and Standards Division of the Library of Congress has issued a paper that announces its plan for dealing with leftover topical video recording headings in LCSH. Most of these headings had a corresponding film heading, so the video heading will be canceled in favor of the film heading. There are also plans for other types of headings like "mini-series" and internet video/webisode/podcasts.
Read the entire paper here
Questions? Ask Mary
July 9, 2009
Revised Documentation Posted
I've posted updated versions of the "Cataloging Non-musical Sound Recordings" and "Completing Holdings and Items for Walter SMART Learning Commons Materials" documents on the TS Special Formats page.
Questions? Ask Mary
December 19, 2008
OLAC DVD Guide (Updated) Now Available
From the OLAC-List:
The DVD Guide Update Task Force of the Cataloging Policy Committee (CAPC) has completed the document, “Guide to Cataloging DVD and Blu-ray Discs Using AACR2r and MARC 21 (2008 update). The Task Force thanks the cataloging community for sending thoughtful comments, suggestions, and revisions to help make the final document a more useful one and one that is consistent with AACR2 and any recent MARBI recommendations. We extend thanks to CAPC for their review and to Teressa Keenan for placing the document on the OLAC website.
The document is located on the website in the following areas:
CAPC Publications & Training Materials: http://olacinc.org/capc/pubsnew.html
CAPC What's New: http://olacinc.org/capc/new.html
OLAC What's New: http://olacinc.org/new/index.html
The direct link to the document is : http://olacinc.org/capc/DVD_guide_final.pdf
As Chair of the Task Force, I also express appreciation to DVD Guide Update Editors, Marcia Barrett and Julie Moore, the members of the DVD Guide Update Task Force, and members of the original 2002 DVD Cataloging Guide Task Force. You will see their names listed in the Acknowledgments section of the document.
Carolyn Walden, Chair
DVD Guide Update Task Force
University of Alabama at Birmingham
May 29, 2008
New Aleph Location Codes for the Walter SMART Learning Commons collections
Walter LRC has become the Walter SMART Learning Commons! Please use the following location codes for Aleph item records:
SLC SMART Learning Commons
SLCC SMART Learning Commons (Closed Stacks – Ask at SLC Desk)
SLCD SMART Learning Commons (Desk Coll. – Ask at SLC Desk)
The WALT, SLC code should be sufficient for most materials (especially video). If you inadvertantly use the "old" code in the Aleph item record, the system will correct it to the new code.
Questions? Ask Mary
September 28, 2007
Updated procedure for NEW LRC videos and DVDs
A more detailed version of this will be posted on the Special Formats corner soon, but in the meantime, here are the new instructions for cataloging, processing, and marking LRC videos and DVDs. Please note that this applies only to newly acquired videos and DVDs for the Learning Resources Center; it does not apply to materials being reclassified or to videos/DVDs for other locations.
March 21, 2006
Is SDH the same thing as Closed Captioning?
This question came up recently on the OLAC list. The answer is no, according to Wikipedia:
"SDH" is an American term introduced by the DVD industry. It's an acronym for "Subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing", and refers to regular subtitles in the original language where important non-dialogue audio has been added, as well as speaker identification (useful when you can't tell from the picture alone who is saying what you see as subtitles). The only significant difference for the user between 'SDH" subtitles and "closed captions" is their appearance, as traditional "closed captions" are non-proportional and rather crude, while SDH subtitles usually are displayed with the same proportional font used for the translation subtitles on the DVD. However, closed captions are often displayed on a black band, which makes them easier to read than regular DVD subtitles. DVD's for the US market now sometimes have three forms of English subtitles: SDH subtitles, straight English subtitles intended for hearing viewers, and closed caption data that is decoded by the end-user’s closed caption decoder.
Want to know more? Check out the "subtitle" article in Wikipedia.
September 28, 2005
Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries
An ACRL task force has just completed a new draft of the Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries.
If you have suggestions or comments on the draft, please send them to the Task Force chair at: William N. Nelson, Augusta State University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Everything you need to know about ISBN-13 (and then some)
Although it's aimed primarily at publishers, the Book Industry Study Group's "ISBN-13 For Dummies" pamphlet is a useful thing to know about. The first few pages, describing the ISBN system, and the relationship of ISBNs to EANs, along with the Glossary, offer nice, clear explanations of a lot of confusing concepts.
June 1, 2005
What's an orthophotomap, and how do I catalog it?
A cataloger asks this question on AUTOCAT:
I'm cataloging a map from our state Dept. of Transportation that has been released in 2 versions. Both are exactly the same map, except that one has been superimposed on top of an aerial photograph. Both have exactly the same title, size, scale etc. The only difference is that one says "Photograph not to scale" on the bottom and the other doesn't. (If the map is to scale and the photograph matches the map, then why isn't the photograph to scale too?)
Is there a standard terminology among map catalogers for a map superimposed on top of a photograph, and how in the world do I make the distinction between these 2 maps clear in the OPAC?
Here's the response from map cataloging guru Paige Andrew:
- The "Photograph not to scale" statement leads me to believe that the aerial photograph used as the base has not been "rectified", that is to say it has not been corrected for distances on the ground between known spots using an established national or international geodetic system. The only thing that is relavent about this for cataloging purposes is to possibly include this statement in a 500 note, because the scale statement IS given for the map, which should be used in the 255 field (and of course the 034 field). Why isn't the photograph to scale? Well, quite possibly it is a matter of nobody wanting or needing to make time to get it rectified before it was used for the purpose of a base map.
- Standard terminology for 300 SMD: Any remote-sensing image (the aerial photograph used as a base in this instance) that has map symbols and/or labels placed on top of it, such as latitude and longitude grid, placenames, spot elevations, road networks, river networks, etc. is considered a "map" and thus should be described in 300 $a as "1 map...." That said, if you were cataloging an aerial photograph or satellite image or other remote-sensed image just as it is, the 300 $a would read 1 remote-sensing image... Now, this doesn't necessarily help make each of these maps distinct in terms of the physical description -- you need to use a combination of notes, a specific subject
subdivision, and a specific subject code in the call number to make the "distinction" work, especially since the DOT failed to use a distinct title or alternate title to call out the difference between the two maps.
- Note(s), subdivision, subject code for the aerial-photo based map:
- This type of map is known as an orthophotomap and thus you can add a note that simply says "Orthophotomap" or be a little more descriptive and note that this map is an orthophotomap based on the other identical map.
- The specific subject subdivision to use in this case is "Remote-sensing map" as in:
651 0 $a Nevada $v Remote-sensing map.
- Using the LC G schedule, you will want to distinguish this map from the "plain" DOT state map by adding the subject code of A4 to the call number. So, to distinguish between the two maps, your call numbers would look like the following, and they will file either close to, or next to, each other in the map drawers:
"Plain" map: G4351.P2 2005 .N4
Orthophoto map: G4351.P2A4 2005 .N4
Questions? Contact Stacie.