Cataloging Training (2)

The training and practice cataloging that I completed during my first two weeks have proved to be a great introduction to finding records for items in OCLC and editing them to better describe the items in the French Revolution Collection (FRC). In working through my first portfolio of FRC pamphlets I learned to look for publication information in a colophon, if it is not present in the title information, which pages to check for abbreviated title information, depending on the length of the pamphlet, and became more familiar with several bibliographic reference sources such as André Martin and Gérard Walter’s Catalogue de l’histoire de la Révolution française, also known as Martin & Walter.

Through my training I have become very comfortable with the different standard MARC fields used in FRC records; punctuation in the title entry and physical description fields has become practically second nature now. I am still working on learning the standard order of notes, so that I do not need to constantly reference the FRC Sample Record. The use of a local field [902] has been very helpful in the beginning stages of determining ‘aboutness’ and is a good starting point towards assigning subject headings.

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  1. While we have discussed some of the larger concepts of our project workflow, we have been lean on some of the specifics. Because the FRC pamphlets share many physical characteristics, project managers designed a sample record to act as a template for the Project Cataloging Assistants. I will post our template soon in another post. The 902 field that Jennifer is referring to is a non-standard MARC field that individual institutions or cataloging agencies may use according to their needs. We use this field as a means for the assistants to communicate among each other during the peer review process and with me during my final review of the pamphlets. When the Project Cataloging Assistants are going through their initial training and learning to assign subject headings, they use this field to write short summaries of the contents of the pamphlets they are cataloging. As they progress, they use this field less frequently, relegating it’s use to questions about complicated notes, subject headings, etc. The 902 field is deleted before our records are uploaded to OCLC and to our local online catalog.

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