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Cataloguing: it is only week 2, and it is already my favourite unit!

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.

Since QC: how a short presentation on why libraries are gay is changing Australian libraries

Less than a month ago I did a presentation at QueerCollaborations (the national conference for the queer students of Australia), on how libraries can better cater towards the LGBTQ community, and why it is so important. Since then, a number of major changes have happened, and it is starting to scare me, how much of an impact this is having
Changes thus far…
  • A motion was made at QC that additional copies of Querelle (our annual arts and literature anthology) would be sent to public libraries within country area. The libraries can then chose if they want to insert the book into their collection, or simply leave it on the coffee table for users to pick up at their leisure. In some regional and rural libraries, this may well be the only LGBTQ related resorce they have in stock! As a country-queer myself, I know this has the potential to give young people in isolated area so much hope for the future. If you want your library to get involved in this, please email me your contact details, and I will make sure your library gets a copy next year (while this is aimed at public libraries in the country, if you are a metropolitan or a school library, and you are interested, we will be more than willing to include you).
  • An additional motion was made that all future additions of Querelle will require an ISBN (something we haven’t bothered with before), to ensure that copies will reside in the National Library of Australia, as well as the Batty Library. This will cement Querelle’s  presence in Australia’s history. 
  •  Attention was drawn to a children’s picture book (in a public library) with a warning label attached to the front, advising parents that the book dealt with same sex relationships. The label has since been removed, and efforts are being made to trace where and when the label was first attached.
  •  I was approached by other members of the Australian library community, asking if I would assist them in establishing a special interest group within ALIA to deal with LGBTQ issues, similar to ALA’s GLBT Round Table. There has been interest in this in a while, and when it became apparent to the rest of WAs librarians that I was willing to get involved with LGBTQ issues within libraries, I was asked to be the public face of it (which I was more than willing). Initially it will just be an e-list under the name aliaLGBTQ, although it is the hope of those involved that once there is adequate membership, a fully-fledged group can be formed. The purpose behind the group will be to (a) support LGBTQ library staff, professionals, and students, as well as their straight allies, and (b) advise and assist libraries in cantering towards the LGBTQ community. This means that we are working for the benefit of not just the staff, but the users to. As soon as the e-list is going I will start pushing out the signup link. I am so excited about this!
  • In addition, I am currently re-writing my QC presentation for a library audience (as opposed to the LGBTQ audience it was originally intended for), and I am planning on presenting at LibraryCamp Australia in September (this will also be a good chance to plug the ALIA e-list!!!).
So as you can imagine, after less than a month, all of this is happening, and I don’t know which way to turn! After all, I am still just a student myself!!!!

Why I think more LIS students should do Library Day in the Life

A while ago I read a blog post by Über Libearian called I care about your professional development, and it talked about how LIS students who actively got involved in PD tended to get noticed more by employers.

Now if only it were that simple. Go to PD events, get a job. If that were the case, I would be employed right now.

For me, it isn’t just the employment possibilities that entrice me to attend conferences, PD events, and get involved with social media projects (such as Library Day in the Life), it is the networking. I am learning so much about my industry, how it is changing, and about the people who will one day become my colleagues. It encourages me, gives me a goal. “I want to be as innovative within Children’s Services as Judy O’Connell”.  Plus, conferences can be so much fun!

Social media, such as Twitter, allows you to interact with the best of your fields, your idols, as equals. That in itself is a self-esteem boost! To think that someone who you respect so much, is willing to find time in their day, to read what you have so say, and respond. This is particularly emphasised in Library Day in the Life. The best and most well known in the world of Library and Information Services is doing the exact same thing as you. And that is a pretty amazing thought.

So to all LIS students out there, get involved! Participate in Day in the Life, Blog June, or some form of social media interaction within the LIS industry. Believe me, you will be glad you did!

iLectures and Mondayitis

Just finished listening to my Collections Management lecture (which if you remember, I skipped this morning, so sleep in) via iLectures. Actually, I wrote down a lot more notes than normal, and spent much less time reading fanfiction than I normally would during a lecture! So in a way, it is a brilliant study tool.
The main downside to external studies is just finding the time. Today, the lectures had been up since about lunch time, but it was 9pm before I actually started on it. It is now 9.20pm, and the moment I have finished this blog post, I am going to go to bed, put Time Team on (thank you ABC iView!!!), and watch that till I fall asleep.
I did have to lagh though. During the recording, the lecturer noted that everyone seemed to have a case of Mondayitis…well, considering the lecture was at 8am Monday morning, it is hardly surprising!
Also this afternoon, rego opened for LibraryCamp Australia (our annual Unconference!). I went last year, and it was great fun, as well as an educational experience. This year it will be held at the State Library of WA on September 19. I am planning on doing a presentation called Libraries as LGBTQ Friendly Spaces, a companion presentation to another I did at Queer Collaborations earlier this year. A lot has happened since, as a direct result of that presentation, so that should be fun to talk about. It is still rather overwhelming to me to think that changes are happening right now, that will have a lasting impact on Australian libraries, and I started it all! Well, there will be more about that closer to the time..
Well, I am done for the day. 10.30pm is knock off time in my books!

Missing classes, and external units!

Great start of the Week.
FYI, this week is Week 2, or Semester 2. This meams that most units are still very much in their introductory stage.
So I knew I was going to miss my first class of the week (Collection Management, or CM) due to an orthodontic appointment, but then I got lazy and slept in, missing both. Ahhh, the life of a student… Ah well. When the lecture goes online in a few hours, I will listen to it from the comfort of my own room.
So instead I am sitting in bed with my laptop and my notebook, with printed off slides, listening to last week’s lecture for Management of Records and Archives Services. Unfortunately MRAS did not have enough internal enrolments for warrant a full class, so the unit is only available externally. I really hate external units. This one in particularly, will start off with a group assignment with a site visit. Bit hard when doing external. Not impossible, but it is hard.
Anyway, as this was the first MRAS lesson, it was just a basic introduction to the unit, as well as a quick revision of the prerequisite units (Records Concepts and Practices, and Archives Concepts and Practices). Easy stuff, like, what is the difference between a record and an archive. So a printed off the slides, had a quick read, made a couple of quick notes, and filed the paper away for my personal unit archives.

Introductions, and Library Day in the Life, Round 7

Hey all!
My name is Suzie, and I am not (quite) a librarian, I am a library student! I am a full time student at Curtin University, in Western Australia.  I am halfway though my BA in Library and Corporate Information Management, which is something I have always wanted to do. Upon completion of my BA, I intend to undertake a Diploma of Education, which will qualify me as a teacher-librarian, and I can hopefully return to my hometown of Kalgoorlie to work. 
In terms of professional interests, as well as children’s services, I am interested in the art of cataloguing. Tthe first time I put spine labels on my books, and wrote out a bibliography of my personal collection, I was just ten years old. Yeah, I always was going to become a librarian.
My third area of interest in the intersection of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community with library services. Everything from queer lit books and movies in collections, to libraries celebrating Pride, and making their services as welcoming as possible. If you have any questions about how your library can help cater towards the LGBTQ community, please feel free. And before you ask, yes, I am gay. 
This week, I will be blogging and livetweeting my classes, and all uni-related activities. I am undertaking four units currently,
  1. Management of Records and Archives Services
  2. Collection Management
  3. Resource Description and Access
  4.  Creative Writing (this is my elective!)
I have decided to create this Blogspot, to try and separate my professional (ie. library related) blogging, from my leisure blogging (my creative writing, fanfiction, and SCA articles), which can be found on my LiveJournal.  
So that is enough introduction from me. Let’s begin Library Day in the Life, Round Seven!