Thursday Roundup

Greetings ArLiSNAP blog readers!

Thank you, Bryan, for introducing me on the blog several posts ago. As he mentioned, my background includes an MFA in fine art from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MLIS from San Jose State University, which I received in 2010. So I am indeed a newly-minted librarian! The San Francisco Bay Area has been my home for the past 20 years, and I currently work for the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) in the Metadata Department.

Mentoring Program Workshop

Today began with a trip to the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD), where myself and roughly 20 others participated in the ARLIS/NA & VRA Mentoring Program Workshop as part of the Career Mentoring Program. This year I’ll be serving as a year-long mentor to someone currently enrolled in an MLIS program who has a strong interest in art librarianship and visual resources. I participated in the Career Mentoring Program as a mentee in 2009, and it helped me a great deal as a student and someone just beginning to gain library work experience. I’d like to thank Rachel Resnik for inviting me to participate this year. I’ll be learning at the same time that I mentor, I’m sure!

The workshop lasted about four hours, during which we watched video of a past Career Mentoring Program speaker discuss numerous aspects of being both a mentor and mentee. There were also some activities that paired or grouped attendees together to act out several mentor/mentee scenarios, with time for discussion afterward. All in all, some very good preparation as we all embark on the mentor/mentee relationship.

Cataloging Issues Discussion Group

After spending some time roaming the halls of MCAD and looking at some art on display, I made it back to the Hilton for the 3pm Cataloging Issues Discussion Group. Co-organized by Sherman Clarke and Meghan Musolff, audience members were encouraged to bring up relevant issues that they had recently faced. Much talk focused on Resource Description and Access (RDA), as many who spoke worked for institutions that have tested RDA. Some expressed experiencing difficulty with RDA testing, recalling fondly how AACR2 and MARC “worked as a happy team” (in the words of one audience member). In the controlled vocabulary realm, Mr. Clarke related that 10,000 records had recently been added to the Getty Union List of Artist Names (ULAN), and that ULAN is now the preferred name authority for some institutions. Additionally, a cataloger from the Library of Congress expressed concern that many art libraries are outsourcing their cataloging and brought up advantages of in-house cataloging, including better quality control and catalogers proposing subject headings.

ARTstor Users Group

I then attended a portion of the 4pm ARTstor Users Group meeting, where a presenter discussed updates to ARTstor’s Shared Shelf service (http://www.artstor.org/shared-shelf/s-html/shared-shelf-home.shtml), a cataloging and image management system. The presenter pointed out four major components to Shared Shelf: a) cataloging tools; b) vocabulary warehouse; c) digital asset management; and d) publishing to the web and exporting tools. He also noted that the ARTstor Digital Library and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation were key precursors to Shared Shelf, and that new metadata models such as DarwinCore (DwC) (http://www.tdwg.org/activities/darwincore/) and Astronomy Visualization Metadata Standard (AVM) (http://www.virtualastronomy.org/avm_metadata.php) can be utilized in Shared Shelf.

ARLIS/NA Cataloging Advisory Committee meeting

At 5pm, I attended the ARLIS/NA Cataloging Advisory Committee meeting, capping off a very cataloging/metadata-oriented day! In many ways it was a continuation of the discussions I heard at the 3pm meeting. RDA issues were again discussed heavily. A growing number of non-U.S. institutions are using RDA — will it truly go international? What about the hazards of “mixed” records (those with both AACR2 and RDA standards)? Also, Sherman Clarke pointed out that there is an ARLIS/NA Cataloging Advisory Committee Wiki (http://arliscac.pbworks.com/w/page/11832683/FrontPage), and that people are more than welcome to add comments to it. Mr. Clarke also passed around an interesting booklet titled “A Workshop on AACR2 Cataloging for Art Materials”, dating from 1981. It served as a reminder that catalogers have indeed faced significant changes before.

Rachel Resnik at the Mentorship Program Workshop
Minneapolis College of Art & Design campus

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