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Space is not the next frontier; the world of new media is! If you are suddenly deluged with DVDs, CDs, and other new media and can't process them fast enough, this is the workshop for you. We'll tackle the questions that are haunting your dreams:

  • Should I catalog this digital file in MARC or using metatags?
  • It takes forever to retrieve media for users - is there a better way?
  • How does RFID relate to cataloging?
  • What are these formats anyway?

If you have a shelf full of strange media and no clue how to catalog it, this workshop will help you get your bearings. You will learn about new MARC tags, new technologies for cataloging and processing, and new packaging options, plus a look into the future of information management.

Workshop Description: This all-day hands-on workshop will include both individual and group exercises, with plenty of opportunities to practice cataloging new media. Participants will be provided with cheat sheets, templates, a webliography, handouts, as well as practical, useful tips that can be applied to your cataloging immediately.

Pre-workshop assignment: Please bring a "problem child" new media item to class to catalog.

Preliminary Course Outline:

  • What Are New Media?
  • MARC Format Distinctions Between Different Types of New Media
    • Electronic resources
    • Records that have a paper and electronic version, how to catalog
    • Multiple formats, combos
  • Cataloging New Media Pointers
    • Special MARC tags
    • AV tips and tricks
  • Packaging New Media for Damage Prevention
  • RFID Technology
    • How it can help the cataloger
  • Metadata and Tagging
    • What it is?
    • When to use it
    • MARC vs. Meta

Workshop Instructor: Susan Sutch