Bibliographic Resources: Description and Access

Teaching Staff: Sfakakis Michalis
Course Code: LIB110
Field: General Core
Course Category: General Background
Course Type: Compulsory
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Face to face
Semester: 5th΄
Total Hours: 4
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Short Description:

This course is a continuation of the course “Cataloguing and encoding in MARC” and complements the procedures, methods and standards that support the functional requirements of a modern catalogue. It aims to provide the student with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to move from the traditional AACR2 cataloguing rules to the new concept, methods and procedures of the new Resource Description and Access (RDA). In parallel to the study and comprehension of the new concepts introduced by the new standard, the course presents the correspondences between the traditional cataloguing rules and the application of these rules using the MARC encoding standards. In addition, issues relating to the reliable and efficient retrieval and identification of resources are covered by studying access points and controlled vocabularies in terms of selection, development and encoding processes.

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

Students understand and get familiarized with:

  • The structure of the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard.
  • Implementing the RDA by using the MARC encoding format.
  • The concept of the Access Point along with the tasks of selecting, creating and encoding access points.
  • Common points and main differences between the traditional cataloguing rules and the RDA.
  • The concept of controlled vocabulary and their application to cataloguing and encoding standards.
  • The application of the RDA in describing different types of content, such as sound recordings, cinematographic films, etc.

Week 1: An overview of the basic concepts of cataloguing and encoding of bibliographic records, as well as the structure of the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard.

Week 2: RDA structure, the Work, Expression, and Manifestation entities.

Week 3: Implementation of RDA in the MARC encoding format.

Week 4: Access points, AACR2 and Access Points (Main and Additional entries), RDA and Access Points.

Week 5: AACR2 Selection of access points for works created by persons, families, or corporate bodies.

Week 6: AACR2 Selection of access points for aggregates and for works of mixed responsibility.

Week 7: Creation of authorized headings, headings for Personal Names, Families, and Corporate Bodies.

Week 8: Uniform title and creation of uniform titles.

Week 9: Encoding access points using MARC 21. Main entry fields (1ΧΧ) and added entry fields – authority headings (Χ00, Χ10, Χ11, Χ30). Name-title heading (added entry).

Week 10: Controlled vocabularies and their application to cataloguing and encoding standards.

Week 11: Access points and RDA, similarities and differences with AACR2.

Week 12: The application of the RDA in describing different types of content, such as sound recordings, cinematographic films, etc.

Week 13: Recapitulation

Suggested Bibliography:

Καπιδάκης, Σ., Λαζαρίνης, Φ. και Τοράκη, Κ. (2015). Θέματα Βιβλιοθηκονομίας και Επιστήμης των Πληροφοριών. Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών. [in Greek].

Μπώκος, Γ. Δ. (2002). Τεχνολογία & Πληροφόρηση: Από τη διαχείριση του βιβλίου στη διαχείριση της γνώσης. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπασωτηρίου. [in Greek].

Τόγια, Α., Χριστοδούλου, Γ. (2015). Εισαγωγή στο RDA: Ένας πρακτικός οδηγός για την καταλογογράφηση υλικού βιβλιοθηκών. Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών. [in Greek].

Chan, L.M. and Salaba, A. (2016). Cataloging and classification: an introduction (4th ed.). Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Gorman, M. & Winkler, P.W. (Eds) (1994-1997). Αγγλο-Αμερικανικοί κανόνες καταλογογράφησης (2η έκδ., αναθεώρηση 1988, Μ. Μορελέλη-Κακούρη, Μετ., Τ. 1-2). Θεσσαλονίκη: Ανώτατο Τεχνολογικό Εκπαιδευτικό Ίδρυμα Θεσσαλονίκης.

Gorman, M.; Winkler; P.W., Eds. Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules. 2nd Ed.; Prepared under the direction of the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR; Canadian Library Association: Ottawa; Library Association: London, 1977. This was followed by revisions in 1988, 1998, etc.

IFLA (1998). Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records: final report (Vol. 19). IFLA Study Group on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (Ed.). KG Saur Verlag Gmbh & Company.

Tillett, B. B. (2011). Keeping libraries relevant in the Semantic Web with Resource Description and Access (RDA). Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community, 24(3), 266–272. Ανακτήθηκε 13 Σεπτεμβρίου, 2020 από:

Teaching Methods:

The course includes lectures and workshops. Within the course modern teaching tools and techniques are employed – an asynchronous platform with coursework material, continuous assessment, creation of working groups, etc. is utilized.

New Technologies:

Lectures with ppt presentations, internet and dedicated applications use.

Evaluation Methods:

Compulsory Exams as well as provisional coursework tasks are available to students (the tasks and essays always announced at the beginning of the semester). A Lesson Planning Guide is provided for the course.


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