The Catholic University of America
LSC 606 Cataloging & Classification
Fall 2006 (Section 01, Wednesday Class)

Class meeting: 4:10 - 6:40 Wednesday, Marist 208
Instructor:
Ingrid Hsieh-Yee
Professor, SLIS, Catholic University of America
Office: Marist 240
Phone: 202-319-6270
E-mail: hsiehyee@cua.edu
Office Hours:
12:00 - 1:00 Monday
3:00 - 4:00 Tuesday
2:00 - 4:00 Wednesday



Course Scope and Objectives:

This course covers theory and practice of the organization of library materials. Lectures focus on the knowledge and skills needed for cataloging monographs, and exercises give students hands-on practice with cataloging standards and tools, including AACR2r, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal Classification system, MARC 21 formats, and OCLC Connexion. In addition, the Library of Congress Classification system and the cataloging of Internet resources are introduced. Related topics such as metadata, Dublin Core, FAST, and FRBR are also discussed. Upon completion of the course, students will
  • Have a good understanding of the principles and objectives of the catalog
  • Master basic skills in cataloging, including descriptive cataloging and subject analysis
  • Develop skills in using resources on OCLC Connexion
  • Understand recent efforts in organizing electronic resources
  • Understand the importance of information organization and how library information professionals can contribute to this area
  • Be prepared to learn and adapt in a changing information environment

Course Outline

  • Introduction: 551 Review, Principles of information organization
  • Subject analysis: LCSH and DDC, with an introduction to LCC and FAST
  • Descriptive cataloging
  • MARC 21 standards
  • Bibliographic networks and OCLC Connexion resources
  • Access points and authority control
  • Cataloging Internet resources
  • Metadata
  • FRBR (Functional requirements for bibliographic records)
  • Trends in information organization

Instructional Methods

Students will learn the theory and practice of cataloging and classification through lectures, exercises, and class discussions. Course related materials such as new developments about information organization, handouts, lecture notes, discussions, exercises and examinations will be posted on Blackboard for LSC606 Section 1. Each student will be assigned a username and a password to access the Blackboard.

Requirements and Evaluation

1. Exercises (30%): Six exercises are designed to provide students with hands-on experience. They are due on the dates specified. Students will submit one copy of each exercise to the instructor on the due day and retain one copy for class discussion. These are pass/fail exercises. The instructor will provide feedback on the exercises but assign no grades. Exercises that need to be redone will be returned to students for revision. No late exercises will be accepted, and five points will be taken off the final grade for each missing exercise.

2. Midterm examination (25%): A take-home midterm examination designed to assess students' knowledge of subject cataloging will be distributed on Oct. 4, 2006. The examination will include definitions of terms, short answer questions and assignment of subject headings and classification numbers. Students will have two weeks to complete this examination (due Oct. 18, 2006).

3. Final examination (35%): A take-home examination designed to assess students' understanding of cataloging principles, theory, and practice will be distributed on Nov. 22, 2006 (due Dec. 13, 2006).

4. Class participation (10%): Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions.


ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Statement
Students with documented disabilities who need course accommodations or require special arrangements for building access or services should contact the instructor within the first two weeks of class.
Such students should contact the Office of Disability Support Services for questions about services and documentation requirements. No special accommodations or arrangements can be made without documentation approved by this office. The office is located at Suite 207, Pryzbyla Center. Its phone number is 202-319-5211, email address is cua-disabilityservices@cua.edu, and website is available at http://disabilitysupport.cua.edu/

Academic Integrity
The Catholic University of America has clear policies on "Academic Dishonesty" (http://policies.cua.edu/view_policy.cfm?pol=524) and "Unethical Practices" (http://policies.cua.edu/view_policy.cfm?pol=516) and all students are responsible for adhering to these policies. Failure to observe these rules will result in a grade of F (Failure) for the course or expulsion from the university. Students should keep these policies in mind as they pursue advanced study at the Catholic University of America. If you have questions about these policies, please consult your instructor.


Readings

Readings should be completed prior to the day when a topic is covered (see Course Schedule). Books have been placed on reserve at the Mullen Library and URLs of Web documents and websites are provided on this page to facilitate access.

Textbooks:

* Anglo-American cataloging rules. 2nd ed., 2002 revision, 2005 update. Chicago: American Library Association, 2005. (Recommended). ISBN 0-8389-3556-7 (Because of the cost of this title ($99.00), I have decided not to require this title, but we will use several chapters of this work. A hard copy is reserved at the SLIS Computer Lab. The electronic version of this work is available on Cataloger's Desktop, which, however, has restrictions on how many pages you can print out. If you are comfortable using the electronic version, you can rely on Cataloger's Desktop. If you prefer to have a hard copy, you can purchase a used copy or order a new copy from ALA's online bookstore at http://www.alastore.ala.org/) (on reserve for LSC606)

* Hsieh-Yee, Ingrid. Organizing audiovisual and electronic resources for access: A cataloging guide. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. (Required) Companion site. (on reserve for LSC606)

* Taylor, Arlene G. Wynar's introduction to cataloging and classification. 10th ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. (Required) (on reserve for LSC606)

Required Readings: Readings are listed on the Course Schedule section below.

Cataloging Tools

Cutter-Sanborn Table. Available at the SLIS Computer Laboratory.
Dewey decimal classification and relative index. 22nd ed. Dublin, OH : OCLC, 2003. A hard copy is available at the SLIS Computer Lab. This tool is also available through OCLC Connexion at http://connexion.oclc.org/ (username and password required for access)
IFLA Digital Libraries: Metadata Resource page. URL = http://www.ifla.org/II/metadata.htm

Library of Congress Subject Headings. 29th ed. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service, 2006. An earlier edition is available at the SLIS. Also available through Classification Web at http://classificationweb.net/ (username and password required for access)

MARC 21 Concise Format for Bibliographic Data. URL = http://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/ecbdhome.html

OCLC Bibliographic Formats & Standards. Available on the World Wide Web. URL = http://www.oclc.org/bibformats/en/

Selected Web Resources for Organizing Audiovisual & Electronic Resources. Available on the World Wide Web. URL = http://lis.cua.edu/ihy/aver.htm

Keeping Current


Course Schedule (fall 2006)



Date
Topics
Assignments Due
8/30
Introduction; 551 review; Cataloging principles


9/6
Purposes of the catalog; Record analysis & MARC (brief intro.); Subject analysis


9/13
Verbal analysis; LCSH: Principles, Subject headings


9/20
LCSH subdivisions; FAST

Ex. 1 (LCSH)
9/27
Classification principles; DDC 000-300, 500-700

Ex. 2 (LCSH subdivision)
10/4

DDC number building
Mid-term examination posted on Blackboard (Due 10/18)

Ex. 3 (DDC numbers)
10/11
Discussion of number building; Cutter numbers; Shelflist; LCC


10/18
Cataloging standards; Descriptive cataloging (A): Areas 1-4

Mid-term
10/25
Descriptive cataloging (B): Areas 5-8 ; MARC 21 (A) Ex. 4 (Record creation)
11/1
MARC 21 (B); Bibliographic utilities; OCLC Connexion

Ex. 5 (AACR & MARC)

11/8
ASIST Conference (No class)


11/15
Access points; Choice of headings; Authority Control


11/22
Thanksgiving
Final examination posted on Blackboard (Due 12/13)


11/29

Cataloging Internet resources

Ex. 6 (Access points)
12/6 Metadata; FRBR
Trends in information organization

12/13


Final Exam


8/30 Introduction; 551 review; Cataloging principles
Chapter 1. Hsieh-Yee, Ingrid. Organizing audiovisual and electronic resources for access: A cataloging guide. 2nd ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
9/6 Purposes of the catalog; Record analysis & MARC (brief intro.); Subject analysis
Chapters 1, 3 & 8. Taylor, Arlene G. Wynar's introduction to cataloging and classification. 10th ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
9/13 Verbal analysis; LCSH: Principles, Subject headings
Chapters 10, 13, 11. Taylor, Arlene G. Wynar's introduction to cataloging and classification. 10th ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
9/20 LCSH subdivisions and FAST
"Introduction" to Library of Congress Subject Heading. 29th ed. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2006.

Chapter 11. Taylor, Arlene G. Wynar's introduction to cataloging and classification. 10th ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. .
Ex. 1 due (Assignment of subject headings)
9/27 Classification principles; DDC 000-300, 500-700
Introduction to Dewey Decimal Classification, Edition 22. http://www.oclc.org/dewey/versions/ddc22print/intro.pdf

Chapters 14, 15. Taylor, Arlene G. Wynar's introduction to cataloging and classification. 10th ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
Ex. 2 due (Assignment of subject headings and subdivisions)
10/4 DDC number building
"Number building" of "Introduction to Dewey Decimal Classification, Edition 22." http://www.oclc.org/dewey/versions/ddc22print/intro.pdf
Ex. 3 due (Assignment of DDC numbers)
Mid-term examination posted on Blackboard (Due 10/18)
10/11 Discussion of number building; Cutter numbers; shelflist; LCC
Chapters 16, 17. Taylor, Arlene G. Wynar's introduction to cataloging and classification. 10th ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006..
10/18 Cataloging standards; Descriptive cataloging (A): Areas 1-4
Chapter 1. Anglo-American cataloging rules. 2nd ed., 2002 revision, with 2005 update. Chicago: American Library Association, 2005.
Chapter 2. Hsieh-Yee, Ingrid. Organizing audiovisual and electronic resources for access: A cataloging guide. 2nd ed. Westport, Conn.:: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

Chapter 4. Taylor, Arlene G. Wynar's introduction to cataloging and classification. 10th ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
Midterm exam due

10/25 Descriptive cataloging (B): Areas 5-8
; MARC 21 (A)
Chapter 2. Anglo-American cataloging rules. 2nd ed., 2002 revision, with 2005 update. Chicago: American Library Association, 2005.

Chapters 3-5. Hsieh-Yee, Ingrid. Organizing audiovisual and electronic resources for access: A cataloging guide. 2nd ed. Westport, Conn.:: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. (scan these chapters to see the different details recorded for sound recordings, videos, and electronic resources.)

Furrie, Betty. Understanding MARC Bibliographic: Machine-readable cataloging. 7th ed. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2003. URL = http://lcweb.loc.gov/marc/umb/
11/1 MARC 21 (B); Bibliographic utilities; OCLC Connexion
Furrie, Betty. Understanding MARC Bibliographic: Machine-readable cataloging. 7th ed. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2003. URL = http://lcweb.loc.gov/marc/umb/

Chapter 3. Taylor, Arlene G. Wynar's introduction to cataloging and classification. 10th ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
Ex. 5 due (Bibliographic records in MARC)
11/8 ASIST Conference (No Class)

11/15
Access points; Choice of headings; Authority Control

Anglo-American cataloging rules. 2nd ed., 2002 revision, with 2005 update. Chicago: American Library Association, 2005. (Rules 21.0-21.1A, 21.1C, 21.5-21.15, 21.1B, 21.4, 21.25, 21.29-21.30; Ch. 22)

Chapters 6, 9. Taylor, Arlene G. Wynar's introduction to cataloging and classification. 10th ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

Understanding MARC Authority Records. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2004. (on reserve for LSC606)

11/22 Thanksgiving (No Class)
Final examination posted on Blackboard (Due 12/13)

11/29 Cataloging Internet resources

Chapters 9&12. Anglo-American cataloging rules. 2nd ed., 2002 revision, with 2005 update.. Chicago: American Library Association, 2005.

Chapter 6. Hsieh-Yee, Ingrid. Organizing audiovisual and electronic resources for access: A cataloging guide. 2nd ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
Ex. 6 due (Access points)
12/6 Metadata; FRBR; Trends in information organization
Hodge, Grace. Metadata made simple. Bethesda, MD: NISO, 2000. Also online: http://www.niso.org/news/Metadata_simpler.pdf

Chapter 8. Hsieh-Yee, Ingrid. Organizing audiovisual and electronic resources for access: A cataloging guide. 2nd ed. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

Tillett, Barbara. What is FRBR?: A Conceptual Model for the Bibliographic Universe (2004) . Free download at ftp://ftp.loc.gov/pub/cds/FRBR.PDF

Beacom, Matthew. "Crossing a Digital Divide: AACR2 and Unaddressed Problems of Networked Resources." Paper presented at the Library of Congress Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium, November 15-17, 2000. http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/bibcontrol/beacom_paper.html
12/13 Final examination due at 12:00 p.m.


Supplementary Materials

This section includes reports, tools, guidebooks, and other information resources to help you learn more about cataloging practices and standards. Titles marked by * are on reserve for LSC 713, Advanced Cataloging, at the Mullen Library.

Chan, L.M. Cataloging and classification: An introduction. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994.

Chan, L.M. et al. Dewey Decimal Classification: A practical guide. Dublin, OH: OCLC, 1996. (On reserve for LSC606)

* Chan, L.M. Guide to the Library of Congress Classification. 5th ed. Littleton, Co.: Libraries Unlimited, 1999.

* Chan, L.M. Library of Congress subject headings: Principles and application. 4th ed. Littleton, Co.: Libraries Unlimited, 2005.

* Eden, Brad. Metadata and Its Application (Special issue). Library Technology Reports 38, no5 ( 2002), p. 5-79.

* Fritz, D.A. Cataloging with AACR2R & MARC21: for books, electronic resources, sound recordings, videorecordings, and serials. 2nd ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004.

IFLA. Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. Final Report. URL = http://www.ifla.org/VII/s13/frbr/frbr.pdf

* Intner, S.S. and Weihs, J. Special libraries, a cataloging guide. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1998.

* Intner, S.S. and Weihs, J. Standard cataloging for school and public libraries. 3rd ed. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 2001.

ISBD (ER): International standard bibliographic description for electronic resources. Munchen: K.G. Sauer, 1997. Online version URL = http://www.ifla.org/VII/s13/pubs/isbd.htm

Library of Congress. Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, November 2000. URL = http://www.loc.gov/catdir/bibcontrol/

Library of Congress. Free-floating subdivisions: An alphabetical index. Washington, D.C. : LC, 2000. Also available through ClassWeb.

Library of Congress. Library of Congress rule interpretations. Washington, D.C.: LC, 1990- Also available through Cataloger's Desktop (CD and Web).

Library of Congress. Subject Cataloging Division. Subject cataloging manual: Subject headings. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2002. In the SLIS Computer Lab. Latest edition available through Cataloger's Desktop (CD and Web).

Library of Congress. Cataloging Policy & Support Office website. URL = http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/

Library of Congress. Network Development & MARC Standards Office. MARC standards website. URL = http://lcweb.loc.gov/marc/

* Maxwell, R.L. Maxwell's handbook for AACR2 : explaining and illustrating the Anglo-American cataloguing rules through the 2003 update. 4th ed. Chicago: ALA, 2004.



Created by Ingrid Hsieh-Yee on July 31, 2006. Last updated Aug. 2, 2006.