I have officially been at my new job for one month and it is going great!
Every morning I wake up and really want to go to work. I enjoy my bike commute, I enjoy all the things I do, I also enjoy all the people I work with.
So far, my job mainly consists of the following:
- Adaptive Cataloging
- (This process is specifically for physical books)
- Editing pre-made records in OCLC to ensure they are up to UNT’s standards
- Getting records checked my Lead Cataloger
- Exporting those records to Sierra
- Ensuring they transferred to Sierra correctly
- Sending the book along for processing
- Processing various types of DDA records
- (DDA stands for Demand Driven Acquisition)
- (These records are all eBooks)
- Edit and Load DDA Discovery Records for items we do not own but may in the future
- Edit DDA Purchased Records for items that were automatically purchased through the DDA process
- I use MarcEdit to edit all of these files before uploading them into Sierra
- Process Firm Orders
- Download and Edit (using MarcEdit) the eBook records for items that have been purchased for use in the library
- Notify patrons of activation when necessary
- Edit/Update Retrospective ETDs
- (ETD stands for Electronic Thesis and Dissertation)
- This is an ongoing and collaborative project between the UNT Digital Library, the Toulouse Graduate School, and the Cataloging and Metadata Services Department.
- The Digital Library digitized all hard copies of old Thesis and Dissertations and have put minimal records online
- CMS Department expands the records and makes sure the records in Sierra are correct
- (All current thesis and dissertations already come in electronic format, so the process is similar, but not as complex
- Various other things
- I attend trainings and meetings as required or needed
Soon I will start to learn everything about Authority Control and will eventually become the master of Authority Control since my job title is Catalog Management Librarian and therefore I will have to eventually manage the catalog.