The first chapter of our text which is entitled – Organizing Information: What It Means – gets us off to an exciting start and reaffirms that we instinctively understand the concepts of Classification (organizing and grouping like things), Cataloging (listing all the items in a collection), and Subject Heading Lists (such as Art History, Photography, Sociology, etc.). We certainly proved this point during our in-class discussion on our personal organizational systems for clothing, books, digital files, and so on.
This chapter also touches on two very important topics – bibliographic formats (“defining the way records should be constructed”) and MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) that uses computer technologies to process information. More details on these elements are covered in chapters 2 through 7 of our text. One thing is clear from the book’s title and from this chapter: the physical library and computer technologies for cataloging and information retrieval are ineluctably intertwined.
I really enjoyed the section on Classification in the Chowdhury reading. It made me think of how I classify and even organize things every day, even though I don’t consciously do it. After being posed with the question in class, and then revisiting the topic in the reading I came to realize just how classified my life is.
My clothes have been unconsciously classified into categories such as shirts, bottoms, dresses and hanging shirts. My kitchen utensils have been organized into drawers and cabinets according to what they are used for. All of the pots and pans are together, all of the eating utensils are together, all of the wine glasses live together, etc.
Realizing these things has helped me to understand just how easy classification/organization is and how it varies from user to user. Therefore it is important that libraries try and look at what will work best for all of their users.
Hello! I’m Heather, and I’m getting dual degrees in Art History and Library Science. My academic goal at Pratt is to stay alive and actually get these degrees, and once I have them I would like to work in a museum or research library of some kind. My favorite part of the library is probably the fiction books (Stephen King is my main man tbh, no shame) closely followed by the art books.
I am enjoying my first night of class with my wonderful new classmates and great professor. In answer to “my favorite section of the library” that would be Art History.
This evening we had a wonderful group/class discussion of the different ways that important articles/data in our lives are organized – and the pros and cons of the various methods we employ. Many members of the class cited the desire to have a better organized digital world – thus, no more cluttered desktops, searching around for PDFs, or sorting through an avalanche of screen captures.
In keeping with this evening’s discussion, I found this very helpful video on cleaning up a MAC desktop.
My educational goal at Pratt is to find ways to innovate/integrate my Digital Arts practice with information technology, and find ways to foster creativity and learning through research/accessing new information 🙂
Recently, my favorite part of the library is the interior decorating section at the Pratt Brooklyn campus. Traditionally, I love spending time in any over-sized book room.
First Name: Michael
Educational Goal at Pratt: M.L.S.
Favorite Part of the Library: Reading Room
My goal at Pratt is to get my MLIS degree and work in a school or public library with youth.
My fave part of the library is THE BOOKS because I love being in a room surrounded by all of that knowledge!
Hello, everyone! I’m Amelia. My educational goal at Pratt is to learn as much as possible and prepare to become a librarian or an archivist. My favorite part of the library is YA fiction because I spent a lot of time there when I was growing up 🙂
I am working towards my Library Media Specialist certification while I am at Pratt, with the ultimate goal of learning how to best foster the love of reading in children. My favorite section of the library is the mystery books!
Hi, my name is Diana. My educational goal at Pratt is to learn more about academic libraries. My favorite part of the library is the reference desk because I thoroughly enjoy chatting with the librarians.