I am almost at the end of the road. I have almost exhausted all the fields I must fill in to adequently catalog a single item in this collections. This week I first focused on the fields of Genre and Subject Headings. I got some experience using name and subject authorities. As many terms as there are to choose from I found it a little surprising how limited the choices are. It seems like sometimes you must get very creative to find a term that describes an object. It is also interesting to think how subjective this step is, although these authorities try to limit some of that subjectivity. I found it interesting that sometimes name authorities can be used as subject but it does not seem like this also applies to works.
Later on in the week I worked on filling in the location and time period fields. It was interesting to try to figure out what the temporal and geographic subject was for the content and I kept forgetting that I was actually focusing on the subject and not the actual place were the content was made or the time period it was made in. There seems to be some discrepancies to how the geographic location was entered in on Media Collections Online (MCO), but I later found out it really is because it is up to the cataloger to decide how to enter in the information.
The final thing that I did this week was begin to put this information into MCO. It is cool that the manager of these collection can choose the thumbnails that the public sees when they are browsing for an item. I hope I made some good choices.
I’m excited. I’m almost finished learning and now I am ready to get more practice.What should I choose to catalog, what do people view when they look through MCO? I’ll figure it out. Till next time.
Ouestion of the Week: Why are works not often used as subject headings or are they?