One of my cataloging students posed this question on our discussion boards. If anyone
has any resources to suggest, I would be delighted to pass them along.
Thanks in advance.
Here is an issue on which I really could use your expert opinion.
This year in August, I took on the Head Librarian position for an international school in Shanghai.
I am in charge of 4 libraries (for two campuses), 5 Chinese library staff who are not formally training in cataloging.
These ladies are great people and are good at their work. I am very blessed to work with them.
The problem is that they have been under 3 different Head Librarians over the past 5 years. They haven't been taught cataloging and so our shelves resemble some sort of Dewey scheme. It is too big of a job for me to "fix" this without teaching them to catalog. The problem is I cannot provide the adequate training they need in the time I have. Though cataloging used to be my strength, now I am a little rusty...at least with Dewey.
I tried to find some online training for them but it is all offered from the U.S. One of the webinars that I wanted them to watch is only available at 2am Shanghai time!
The public library here, is catalogs their materials according to a different scheme and they do not offer professional development workshops in this area of library work.
Our entire collection will need to be reclassified. It is confusing to some of our users and to me sometimes as well! Our shelves are not organized properly. Some of our books do not even have a cutter number. The cutter numbers that we use, actually lack numbers, they are just letters.
We have multiple copies of some books and each might have a slightly different call number! Again. it is only because there has not been an accepted standard here. A lot of the Dewey numbers are incomplete.
Does anyone know of some kind of teaching videos or resources on cataloging that I can get a hold of?
Thanks for your input.