I couldn’t miss the poster sessions at OLA 2011 since I appreciate the effort people go to set them up. I had set up one last year on the topic of RDA. I checked in with the Legislative Assembly Library of Ontario with their poster session “E-Book Readers at the Legislative Library: From ‘First Reading’ to ‘Royal Assent.’”
The Legislative Library wanted to provide leisure reading to their clients, and so the Library acquired a Sony Reader and a Kindle to lend to clients. I asked how the Library felt about competing with public library e-book offerings, and I was told, indeed, the Legislative Library promotes the lack of a long waiting list for e-books.
MARC Record from the Legislative Library for an ebook:
000 00736cmm a2200241 a 450
I checked in with a poster session by Thunder Bay Public Library which showcased its “Database of the Month” promotion. By picking an electronic database to promote each month, the library was successful in raising awareness in both staff and public. I particularly liked the business cards produced for each database of the month.
Another poster session I was particularly interested in was put together by a recent graduate from library school. The poster session was called “Classification of Science Fiction in Public Libraries.” Classification and shelving practices vary from public library to public library.
The whole issue of form and genre in catalogue records needs a major review. The Library of Congress is in the process of updating form and genre headings, but there are numerous codes and fields used to indicate form or genre. Add to this local practices with local fields and collection codes. Duplication and overlapping fields are problems that make simple determination and coding challenges for cataloguers.
While coding is a challenge, determining what passes for science fiction is also a neverending challenge. Categories such as steampunk, cyberpunk, alternative history, and occult fantasy (werewolves and vampires), as well as mixed genre (mystery-science fiction) only add to the difficulty in providing effective access.