RDA (Resource Description and Access) Workshop Cardiff 22nd August 2013

Twenty seven cataloguers from across Wales and beyond converged on Cardiff University for a workshop organised by Dr Karen Pierce and presented by Jenny Wright, lead RDA cataloguer/trainer with BDS.

RDA trainer Jenny Wright

RDA trainer Jenny Wright

RDA is the new cataloguing standard which replaces AACR2 and many public and academic libraries are already using RDA records, supplied by BDS since January 2013, as part of their cataloguing workflow.

Six months in to the new regime this was an ideal time to benefit from an RDA refresher and get clarification on BDS’s decisions regarding the optional elements of the new standards.

Jenny provided an introduction to RDA, its history and the conceptual model (FRBR) on which it is based; a look at the web-based rules in the RDA Toolkit; an examination of the principal differences between RDA and AACR2; and how to code RDA records in MARC21.

The training was excellent and there was plenty of opportunity for colleagues to ask Jenny questions and swap experiences.


Hopefully some of the conversations started at the meeting will continue into the future because the agreement to adopt a shared LMS for Welsh higher education and the National Library of Wales provides a real opportunity for collaborative cataloguing initiatives. If you are revising your cataloguing policies and workflows with reference to RDA why not share them with Cataloguers in Wales?

Join the Cataloguers in Wales’s mailing list http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/CATALOGUING-WALES or use twitter #cataloguersinWales or our blog https://cataloguersinwales.wordpress.com/ to share your thoughts.

Cataloguers in Wales would like to thank the CILIP Wales Kathleen Cooks Fund for supporting this event.


Jane Daniels

Cardiff Metropolitan University





Booking now open for Web Dewey course

Booking is now open for:

Introduction to the Dewey Decimal Classification Using Web Dewey

Trainer:         Keith Trickey
Date:         Tuesday 14th May 2013
Venue:         Room T2.22B Llandaff Library, Llandaff Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff. CF5 2YB
Cost:       £110

This course is designed for:
•         Information workers who are required to use Web Dewey and need to know how.
•         Information managers who wish to classify information and have no experience of classification schemes.

Benefits of attending
Having completed the workshop participants should be able to carry out simple classification with Dewey, recognise built numbers and be able to build notation to describe subjects appropriately.

By the end of the event participants will:
•         Be familiar with the strengths of Dewey
•         Have practically reviewed the basic aspects of Dewey
•         Be able to carry out classification using Web Dewey

9.30         Introduction to the day
9.45         Mr Dewey and his wonderful invention
What happened at Amherst College in the later part of the nineteenth century that would have such a major impact on library organisation?
10.00         Introduction to Web Dewey
A brief overview followed by an exploration of the major structural components of Web Dewey
10.30         Basic navigation: the Index and the Schedules and the Manual (P)
Finding your way securely round the classification scheme and locating simple subjects
11.00         Coffee
11.15         Tackling the Tables: Standard subdivisions (P)
First stage in number building, taking a schedule number and increasing its precision by specifying further details
12.15         Review of the morning
12.30         Lunch
1.30         Tackling the tables: Place and time (P)
Geography, history and adding geographical detail to a schedule number
3.00         Tea
3.15         Building numbers within the schedule (P)
You can add one section of the schedule to another – if you are told you can and if you know how to!
4.00         Plenary session: Open session for further questions
4.30         Close
P – Practical exercises included

Workshop leader Keith Trickey
Keith is lead trainer with Sherrington Sanders and was a part time lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. He has been involved in information work for over thirty years and he has been designing and delivering professional training for over twenty years.

Please contact Jane Daniels for a booking form : JDaniels@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Webdewey Training Event, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Tuesday 14th May 2013

Here at Cardiff Met we are going to be hosting a one day practical training day on Webdewey presented by Keith Trickey. 
Keith will be covering how to classify using Dewey online including searching, browsing indexes, selecting basic numbers and more complex number building.
If you fancy brushing up on your classification skills and either have a subscription to Webdewey or would like to have a go at using it then this will be an ideal opportunity. Great CPD and a chance to meet other cataloguers.
Further details and booking forms will be available after the Easter break.
Hope to see you there!

Cataloguing in Wales: first steps for a new group

Just over a year ago (March 6th 2012) the Conversations with Cataloguers in Wales event took place in Cardiff.  It was the first attempt to bring together those who catalogue and who are based in (or near) Wales; to provide an event that wasn’t located in London or the other side of Britain, and give us a forum for a discussion about what we wanted.  In the last session of the day we talked about whether we should form some kind of all Wales cataloguing group, and whether this group should or should not be affiliated to the CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG).  Although the vague consensus was ‘yes’ we wanted something, nothing concrete was decided.

A year has passed…

in the meantime we did arrange for the CIG ‘FRBR for the terrified’ session to be held in Cardiff, and I was invited to become a member of the CIG committee, to represent Wales.

This week a few interested persons got together and we decided to try and move the idea of an all Wales cataloguing group forward, albeit with perhaps small steps.  We are very aware that at the moment those of us who have met up are all based in south east Wales, so hardly representative of the whole of Wales.  We have some ideas for some training, and some discussion, sessions which we will be promoting on this blog in the future.  It is hoped that we will be able to liaise with others across Wales to provide sessions elsewhere, or to promote sessions that others may organise themselves.  We are also interested in the idea of another one day event, which could be held in a different location.

This blog will promote events and training sessions, it will contain write-ups of those events; we can also feature guest posts on various cataloguing projects, or perhaps some ‘day in the life’ accounts.  If you’d like to write a post for us please get in touch! CataloguersinWales@gmail.com

We are also in the process of setting up a Jiscmail list to provide a better forum for discussions, which we will tell you about in due course.

Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, suggestions.  We look forward to hearing from you.

And of course you can follow us on Twitter @CatalogueWales