Core Competencies for Professional Catalogers: draft document open for review

This will be old news for some of us, but just in case you haven’t heard (I was embarrassingly late seeing it myself), the ALCTS CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group has posted a draft document on cataloging competencies.  Comments can be left directly on the draft in Google Docs:

I am not sure how long the review period is—any reader who knows, please chime in with a comment here.  It is worth visiting the draft even if you don’t think you will have anything to say, both for the content of the document itself and for the many comments already added.

If you are interested in the work of the Interest Group, take a look at its website.

RDA Four Months In (at On the Front Lines conference)

Better late than never, I hope, here is the handout from my presentation at the ninth annual On the Front Lines: Statewide Library Practitioners Conference, presented by the Illinois State Library at the University of Illinois Springfield on August 5-7.

RDA Four Months In

It was a challenge, as the audience included working catalogers, non-catalogers, and I think a few technical services managers.  What I was trying to do was present both a very general overview of the background of RDA, some of its central ideas, and the reasons for its adoption, and a look at some of the changes the new code has brought about in our bibliographic records and files.

Fantastic (and Free!) Cataloging Tools

What’s better than 76 (by my count) useful online cataloging tools?

Seventy-six free useful online cataloging tools! Plus four five cat pictures.

This is from an excellent presentation by Erica Laughlin, RSA Cataloging and Database Administrator, Resource Sharing Alliance NFP, at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Illinois Library Association.