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LIS 605 : Metadata Creation for Information Organization
Course Syllabus
Fall 2013

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Instructor: donna G. Bair-Mundy
Office: Hamilton Library, rm. 003-B
Office telephone: 956-9518
E-mail address: donnab@hawaii.edu
Web Site: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~donnab/lis605
Office hours: By appointment

Course Description

An introduction to the uses and techniques of cataloging and classification. Focus is on a MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloging) based system. The course covers descriptive cataloging, Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classification schemes, Library of Congress subject headings, and on-line and shared cataloging options. Emphasis is on practical rather than philosophical topics, and on practice at the level common at academic or large public libraries.

 

Prerequisites:

None

 

Student Learning Outcomes

This introductory level course addresses the following objectives of the LIS Program, helping students to:

 

Course Learning Objectives

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

 

Teaching Method

Class meetings consist primarily of lectures, discussions, and in-class exercises. In addition to attending classes, students will be expected outside of class to complete practical exercises in cataloging and classification using cataloging software.

 

Required Textbooks and Other Readings

 

Scoring and Grading

Assignment Maximum points
RDA Quiz 20
Library of Congress Subject Heading Quiz 20
Library of Congress Classification Quiz 20
Dewey Decimal Classification Quiz 20
OCLC Searching Exercise 10
Attendance & Participation* 10
TOTAL POINTS 100

*Attendance & participation: Punctuality, attendance, and participation are crucial factors for success in this course. Points will be deducted for unexcused absences, tardiness, and lack of preparation for in-class or online discussions. Students will be expected to fully engage in class discussions which may at times, due to time constraints, move to an online venue.

Late work will not be accepted unless there are special circumstances requiring consideration. In such cases, the instructor will decide on the action to be taken after consultation with the individual student.

Extra credit: There are four opportunities for extra credit. At the end of each of the main units of the course (Description and Access, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Library of Congress Classification, and Dewey Decimal Classification) the student may find and summarize one scholarly article on the topic of that unit. The summary and a printout of the article are handed in with the completed quiz for that unit. Two points maximum can be awarded for each extra credit summary, thus totaling eight possible extra credit points during the semester. In previous semesters students have raised their final grades by doing the extra credit work.

Total points for the course will be converted to the following letter grades:

>99 (outstanding work) = A+ 92-98 = A 90-91 = A-
89 = B+ 82-88 = B 80-81 = B-
79 = C+ 72-78 = C 70-71 = C-
69 = D+ 62-68 = D 60-61 = D-

 

Technology Requirements

This course makes extensive use of computers and telecommunications.
  1. Each student will be expected to read and send email.
  2. Each student will need to access an Internet-connected computer in order to complete homework assignments.

 

Professional Expectations

Please review the Professional Expectations Notice available on the UH LIS Website at:
http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/students/professional-expectations-notice/

 

Course Outline

I. Introduction to cataloging and classification and bibliographic control
II. Descriptive cataloging and introduction to MARC record structure
A. Physical description
B. Choice of access
C. Headings for people
D. Headings for corporate bodies
E. Uniform titles
III. Library of Congress Subject Cataloging
IV. Library of Congress Classification
A. Introduction and basic concepts
B. The schedules
C. Cutter (book) numbers
V. Dewey Decimal Classification
A. Introduction and basic concepts
B. Summary tables and the relative index
C. The schedules
D. The tables
VI. Shared cataloging
A. OCLC

 

Tentative Course Schedule (subject to change)

The following is a tentative schedule. Student should allocate at least 9 but preferably more hours of study time outside of class. Study time is best utilized by working on current cataloging assignments, reviewing past assignments and reviewing assigned rules and reading assignments, not by working on future cataloging or searching assignments in which you have not received instruction.

 

Session
Number
Date Topic(s) Readings and Assignments Due
1
8/28/13
Getting to know you;
Introduction to the course;
Introduction to descriptive cataloging
 
2
9/4/13
Descriptive cataloging (continued);
Discussion of Abbas, Chapter 1
Required readings:
Abbas: Chapter 1;
Introduction to RDA (Chapter 0, available online in RDA Toolkit at http://www.rdatoolkit.org/)
3
9/11/13
Descriptive cataloging (continued);
Discussion of Abbas, Chapter 2 ("Introduction" through "Thesauri")
Required readings:
Abbas: Pages 17-26 of Chapter 2;
Review rules & illustrations covered in lecture
4
9/18/13
Descriptive cataloging (continued)
Discussion of Abbas, Chapter 2 ("Classification Schemes" through "Thought Exercises")
Required readings:
Abbas: Pages 26-40 of Chapter 2;
Review rules & illustrations covered in lecture
5
9/25/13
Choice of entry;
Discussion of Abbas, Chapter 3 ("Standards and Standards Development" through "Resource Description and Access");
Inputting records using Connexion
Required readings:
Abbas: Pages 43-55 of Chapter 3;
Review rules & illustrations covered in lecture
6
10/2/13
Headings for persons;
Discussion of Abbas, Chapter 3 ("Subject-Related Content Standards" through "Thought Exercises");
Searching for cataloging articles
Required readings:
Abbas: Pages 55-64 of Chapter 3;
Review rules & illustrations covered in lecture
Self-Study Assignment:
Input cataloging record using Connexion
7
10/9/13
Headings for Corporate Bodies;
Uniform Titles;
Discussion of Abbas, Chapter 4 ("Introduction" through "Digital Applications and Digital Knowledge Structures");
Descriptive Quiz will be handed out
Required readings:
Abbas: Pages 69-99 of Chapter 4;
Review rules & illustrations covered in lecture
8
10/16/13
Introduction to Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Discussion of Abbas, Chapter 4 ("Knowledge Structures within Library Science" through "Controlled Vocabularies");
Required readings:
Abbas: Pages 99-114, 116-120 of Chapter 4;
Introduction to LCSH (e-reserve)
Assignment due:
Completed Descriptive Quiz
9
10/23/13
Subject cataloging and LCSH (continued);
Discussion of Olson article
Required readings:
Olson: Difference, culture, and change: the untapped potential of LCSH (e-reserve)
Self-Study Assignment:
Basic LCSH homework
10
10/30/13
Review of LCSH;
Introduction to Library of Congress Classification (LCC);
Discussion of Abbas, Chapter 4 ("Classification Schemes" through "Thought Exercises");
LCSH quiz will be handed out
(This has been moved to next week.)
Required readings:
Abbas: Pages 120-136 of Chapter 4
Self-Study Assignment:
Advanced LCSH homework
11
11/6/13
LCC (continued);
Discussion of Abbas, Chapter 5
LCSH quiz will be handed out (new date)
Required readings:
Abbas: Chapter 5
Review illustrations covered in lecture
Assignment due:
Completed LCSH Quiz
(This has been moved to next week.)
12
11/13/13
LCC (continued);
Discussion of Abbas, Chapter 6 ("Introduction" through "Social Cataloging Sites: LibraryThing")
Assignment due:
Completed LCSH Quiz (new date)
Required readings:
Abbas: Pages 175-188 of Chapter 6
Review illustrations covered in lecture
Self-Study Assignment:
Basic LCC homework
13
11/20/13
LCC (continued);
Discussion of Abbas, Chapter 6 ("Research Related to Social Knowledge-Organizing Behaviors and Socially-Constructed Knowledge Spaces" through "Thought Exercises");
(LCC Quiz hand-out has been postponed until next week.)
Required readings:
Abbas: Pages 188-200 of Chapter 6
Self-Study Assignment:
Advanced LCC homework
14
11/27/13
Introduction to Dewey Decimal Classification system (DDC);
Discussion of Abbas, Chapter 7;
(Searching OCLC using a command-line search has been postponed until next week);
(OCLC search assignment hand-out has been postponed until next week.);
LCC Quiz will be handed out
Required readings:
Abbas: Chapter 7
Assignment due:
(LCC Quiz due date has been postponed until next week.)
15
12/4/13
DDC (continued);
Searching OCLC using a command-line search;
OCLC search assignment will be handed out (new date);
Discussion of Kwasnik and Rubin article
Required readings:
Kwasnik & Rubin: Stretching conceptual structures in classifications across languages and cultures (e-reserve)
Assignment due:
Completed LCC Quiz (new date)
(OCLC searching assignment due date has been postponed until next week.)
Self-Study Assignment:
Basic DDC homework
16
12/11/13
DDC (continued);
Discussion of Mann article and the future of cataloging;
DDC Quiz will be handed out
Required readings:
Mann: The Pelophonnesian War and the future of reference, cataloging, and scholarship in research libraries, pages 5-33
Assignment due:
OCLC Searching assignment (new date)
Self-Study Assignment:
Advanced DDC homework
 
 12/18/2013  (no class session)
Assignment Due:
DDC Quiz due at 5:00 p.m.

Note: If you need reasonable accommodations because of the impact of a disability, please

  1. contact the Kokua Program (V/T) at 956-7511 or 956-7612 in room 013 of the Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services (QLC);
  2. speak with me privately to discuss your specific needs. I will be happy to work with you and the KOKUA Program to meet your access needs related to your documented disability.

Information about the Kokua Program is available online at: http://www.hawaii.edu/kokua/.


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