May 2013

RDA is a new cataloging standard being implemented here and at libraries nationwide.  It will help users find subject headings through keyword searches and make library catalogs function better in a world where more and more resources are digital.

RDA changes the configuration of subject headings for biblical subjects and subjects related to the Qur’an.  A few examples are listed below.

  • pre-RDA: Bible. O.T. Pslams
  • post-RDA: Bible. Psalms
  • pre-RDA: Bible. O.T.
  • post-RDA: Bible. Old Testament
  • pre-RDA: Koran
  • post-RDA: Qur’an

Some WorldCat Local records already reflect this change.  Others won’t be updated for some time.  Pegasus records are being converted over the summer.  During the transition, it’s possible some researchers who use subject headings and subject heading links to locate biblical commentary or other affected source types will have questions.  When they do, please refer to this post and help if you can.  Better yet, please ask them to contact Jane ( directly for assistance.  Please send me your questions, too.

Please remember that the same CREF reshelving procedure remains in effect through the summer (daily, Monday through Friday, before noon).

In addition, we’ve prepared a new daily task that should help insure the tidiness of our print reference collection.  Please refer to the blue manual or the pages link at right when you need to consult the CREF reshelving procedure.  A color-coded map has been added to it, indicating what sections of CREF should be tidied each day of the week.  Please familiarize yourself with the new procedure regardless of your schedule.  Given this summer’s scheduled, Jack, Erica, and Grace will become accustomed to it first.

The new procedure is listed as Step 7: “Tidy the day’s section (see map) by removing non-reference materials, correcting shelving errors, and tidying up, paying special attention to the lowest shelves.”

Please walk the day’s sections s-l-o-w-l-y and be on the watch for problems (most likely non-reference items or reference items shelved incorrectly).  When you see a problem, fix it!  Tidy the shelves as you go.  Toss trash.  Remove or replace errant bookends.  The lowest shelves receive the least attention, except for the hits they take from the vacuum, so please give straightening them extra attention.

A color-coded map is in the manual and posted above the reshelving table.  Each day’s section has its own color.  Note that Monday’s section includes the index wall along the back of CREF.

E-mail with your questions.

If you receive a call or in-person visit from a faculty member who would like to add his/her publications to eCommons, please refer him/her to the appropriate Subject Specialist.

Zubeyir (stats adviser) will not be able to work his Thursday and Friday shifts this week. there will be no LSC coverage Thursday between 4:30 pm and 6:30pm and no LSC coverage between 3:30 pm and 7 pm on Friday.

Note that Stephanie is working Thursday at LSC from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (IC 2nd floor table) and Ong is working on Friday, 12 pm to 3:30 pm. Valerie is at WTC on Thursday 9 to 5 and Friday 9 to 4.

Stephanie will be working 9am to 4 pm on Saturday at LSC so students have the option of rescheduling for Saturday. Jack Corliss (8-7606) is also available in my absence and in the absence of an adviser.