RDA Salon Notes

RDA vs. AACR2: Implications for Social Justice, Featuring Rick Block
Monday January 11, 2010 (Notes by Jessa Lingel)



Hi Long Haul,

This is a question we spent some time discussing at the Zine Libraries (un)Conference last spring in Seattle. Of the five we considered for a shared catalog, and given your constraints,

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QUESTION: what software to use to create catalog of zines for our infoshop?

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This is more of a library logistics type question, but I figured I'd try here because it seems some of yall would have experience with this sort of thing. We are looking to catalog our zine archive at our infoshop, which is quite large (25 years worth of zines). We'd like a program that: can be used on both macs and pcs, imported and exported between computers, can be eventually put online and linked from our website, and has fields that are flexible to accommodate the fact that these are zines and not books (slightly different information will be cataloged). Can you recommend a program that we use, given that we don't host our site and we don't have linux on our computers? We looked at Librarything but are wary about having it hosted by something big and unknown given the content of our zines (paranoid?). I've also looked at MS access but don't know too much about it (esp. about putting it online...?)

RDA vs. AACR2: Implications for Social Justice, Featuring Rick Block

Monday January 11, 2010
7-9:00 pm
Sixth Street Community Center
638 East Sixth Street (between Avenues B & C)
Free, but attendees will be asked to donate a few bucks to help pay for the space rental

The NYC collective of Radical Reference will host a "people's university" style salon to discuss RDA vs. AACR2: Implications for Social Justice.

Rick Block will be leading off the discussion with a rundown of the issues and implications of RDA. Participants will be strongly encouraged to sign up to read one of the articles posted below, and be prepared to report on it at the meeting. See the bibliography from the OCLC salon discussion we held last January for an example of how this works.

  1. Please add items you think people should read ahead of time.
  2. Please keep them in anti-chronological order.
  3. Feel free, encouraged even, to provide some annotation.
  4. Please volunteer to summarize one item for the group at the salon by putting your name after it in parentheses, like this: (Farfel)
  5. If you can't/don't want to edit the page to add a citation or claim an article, just say what you want in a comment.




Apologies for taking so long to respond, but our website has been down since shortly after you submitted your question.

Do you know of any good articles about cataloguing zines?
Basically do a search in the Library Literature database on {zine* and catalog*} and see what you come up with. If you are in library school, your university provides access. If you are an undergrad you might not have access. In that case, I suggest doing the same search in a multidisciplinary database like ProQuest or Academic Search.

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QUESTION: zine cataloging

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I'm beginning a paper about cataloguing zines and self-published material. Do you know of any good articles about cataloguing zines? Do you know of any notable zine collections? Any major zine collections I should know about in the New York Metropolitan area? Any information about how to catalogue zines would be much appreciated.

Thank you,

Problems with the Cataloging of the Graphic Novel "Palestine" and Zionist narratives

For those of you who don't know Joe Sacco's amazing graphic novel journalism, you should.

In my new position as a teen services librarian i was doing a search of different graphic novels in my library system, and found some problematic cataloging of Joe Sacco's Palestine.

QUESTION: Alternative subject thesauri

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I'm not sure if this is an appropriate "Radical Reference" question but I'll give it a try. I'm currently cataloguing a zine collection for the Anchor Archive Zine Library in Halifax. Each zine record has a broad category plus multiple subject terms/keywords describing the content. Assigning subject terms to each zine is challenging, and I think it would be a lot easier if I had a thesaurus of subject terms to refer to, such as Library of Congress Subject Headings but for collections of alternative media. I've tried looking up online catalogues for other zine libraries and alternative bookstores for lists of subject headings, but I haven't found anything yet. Most don't seem to index their content by subject, which is probably smart considering how time consuming it is. I've also posted a message on the Zine Librarians Yahoo Group listserv but I didn't get many responses. Do you have any other suggestions of where I could find alternative thesauri, for alternative media in general or in specific subject areas, such as feminism and anarchism? I would really appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks!

Radical Cataloging

Jessamyn just turned me on to K.R. Roberto's new book, Radical Cataloging: Essays at the Front. Go out and buy one for every librarian that you know. Really, do it now!!

(admission: I've now added Jenna's feed because I woulda known about the book earlier if I'd just read the Lower East Side Librarian!!)

Library of Congress Subject Heading Blog-a-Thon: Response from LC

Here is a response from Anthony R.D. Franks Team Leader, Cooperative Cataloging Team Library of Congress, published with his permission (links added and typos fixed):

Thank you for your recent e-mail about the Blog-a-Thon. It will be interesting to see what your group comes up with next time. To facilitate matters, please let me know ahead of time. As we usually identify proposals by institution and not by group, it's always a good idea to include a note in the 952 field--perhaps "Blogathon returns!"

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