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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.

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!