Had intended to do this yesterday, for Library Day in the Life, but I never got round to it.
Yesterday I had Resource Description and Access. Also known as the Cataloguing Unit.
I haven’t blogged about this yet, but I love cataloguing. For me, a good Friday night in is spent in my room, improving the quality and details in my personal catalogue (I use BookCollectorz. Will talk more about it some other time).
So anyway, I am loving RDA. While I have done it heaps on my own, I am finally learning how to do it properly (ie. according the various sets of rules). And this week, we are learning about the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules V. 2, also known as AACR2.
Me being me, I forgot my copy of AACR2, so I had to borrow a copy owned by the uni for class. Lucky me, there were only copies of the first edition, published in 1988.
So after a detailed explanation during the lecture of how to catalogue according to AACR2, we went up to the LIS computer lab, and tried cataloguing for ourselves. There were a couple of bumps along the way (for example, trying to figure out what order the various notes go in).
This whole class all I could think, was that I have been waiting all my life for someone to teach me how to do this properly.
And the first thing I did when I got home that day? Catalogue a few more of my books, that had arrived recently, but hadn’t got around to doing.
Life is good.