(via Andrea Schuba, University of Maryland)
The Bibliographic Standards Committee of the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section invites you to the webinar “Cool Things We Cataloged”. It will take place on Monday, December 4, from 2:00 to 3:15 PM CDT. Register here.
Five speakers will explain the workflow, challenges, and information gained while cataloging interesting items found in their collections.
Fashion show invitations
Melissa Raymond is a Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at Watson Library, the central research library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She will be discussing her work cataloging a diverse collection of fashion show invitations – ranging from VR headsets to boardgames – acquired by the Met’s Irene Lewisohn Costume Institute Library.
Jackie Robinson comic books
Daniela Rovida, Rare Books Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at the University of Notre Dame, will delve into the cataloging process of six exceptionally rare comic books dating from 1949 to 1952. These comics offer a compelling narrative detailing the life and achievements of Jackie Robinson, the baseball player who made history as the first African American to play in Major League Baseball during the twentieth century. Daniela will share cataloging challenges, useful resources, and the careful selection of subject headings and classifications. Moreover, Daniela will shed light on the significance of these comic books, which represent one of the earliest examples of publications to depict African American athletes.
Pennsylvania Dutch tin nursing can
Caitlin Lenox is the Artifact Cataloging Project Researcher at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine at the University of Minnesota. One unique artifact Caitlin has cataloged was a Pennsylvania Dutch tin nursing can, one of two in a larger group of infant feeding artifacts originally found by pediatrician Dr. Robert Rosenthal. A key piece of research for identifying and cataloging this artifact originated from research done by another well-known medical artifact collector, Howard Dittrick, founder of the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
Reunionese Creole translation of Greek fables
Natalie Kazmin will discuss cataloging a Reunionese Creole translation of Fables grecques. Translation is rarely straight-forward, particularly when trying to provide representation for a rather newly recognized language. Through Natalie’s work with Fables grecques, translated by Reunionese writer Jean Louis Robert — one of many non-English language resources at the University of South Florida Libraries, but the only in Reunionese Creole — she is reminded of the vital role of her work as a cataloger not only in the accessibility of resources, but in the representation and documentation of history as it is written.
Star Trek-related fanzines
Indica Mattson, Rare Materials Cataloger at Cornell University, will discuss her approach to cataloging a collection of approximately 50 Star Trek-related fanzines produced between the 1960s and the 1990s. This presentation will explore the many cataloging quirks and oddities posed by these fan-made serials while examining how Homosaurus terms can be used to build upon gaps in LCSH regarding sexuality and fan culture.