Guided Cataloguing

Guided Cataloguing

This part of cataloguing will present the greatest challenge to describe and to implement. I've wrestled for many years in trying to teach volunteers and others how to catalogue. I'm still not secure that I've any authority to do such a thing, but the books must be found.

I'm convinced that what we're doing is more or less a repetitious dance, sort of like a line dance. Ginger Rogers would most certainly make things look better than I, and so it is with Sandy Berman, but we all must do it, and we all _can_ once we learn the process. But what to do before that?

If I think about the same sorts of things in a flowchart fashion every time I handle a Library material, what's to stop me from translating my thought process to a series of computer assisted input fields. Friendly on the outside, but linked to the relevant MARC fields behind the curtain where they won't bother a novice. Or RDA. Or Dublin Core.

So here we are.