Cataloging, Hamilton Library

2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI, 96822

Internship Description

  • Directed reading and research on USMARC Format for bibliographic data, OCLC bibliographic formats and standards, Voyager system documentation, Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Library of Congress Classification Schedules, Library of Congress Rule Interpretations, and Cataloging Service Bulletin.
  • Hands-on searching on: OCLC database, Library of Congress Authority Files, Voyager Public Access Catalog, and RLIN database.
  • Adaptive and original cataloging of monographs using Voyager cataloging module and OCLC.
  • Upgrading minimal level cataloging records to full cataloging.
  • Assistance with special cataloging-related projects within the department.
  • If the intern is interested and time permits, introduction to cataloging materials in other formats or languages.

Library/Collection Description

The Cataloging Department’s mission is to build and maintain a comprehensive online catalog to serve as primary access to the Library’s collections and as the gateway to remote information resources. The Department’s staff creates and provides timely and accurate bibliographic records of library resources in all formats, languages and subjects. The Department’s responsibility extends also to ongoing maintenance and quality control, and to the retrospective conversion of manual cataloging records into machine-readable records. Through monitoring and upgrading catalog records, Cataloging staff strive to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the database and increase its research value. Cataloging staff strive to meet and anticipate library users’ needs to find and identify library resources, and to be responsive to user requests and queries. The Department also contributes to bibliographic control in the larger academic community and to collection resource-sharing through the uploading of our catalog records and/or holdings into international shared databases. Catalogers also create and contribute authority records to the shared national database which serves as the major cataloging resource for authorized, standardized library name headings and cross-reference structures.

Required Qualifications

  • LIS 605 Metadata Creation for Information Organization

Desired Qualifications

  • LIS 606 Advanced Cataloging & Classification (completed or taken concurrently)

Weekly Schedule

Flexible (suggested min. 3 hrs/day, avg. 10 hrs/week)

Goals and Outcomes

  • To apply the principles of descriptive cataloging, subject analysis and classification to materials acquired by UHM Libraries.
  • To learn how to appropriately apply the standard cataloging tools and reference materials.
  • To develop marketable cataloging and database maintenance skills using an online cataloging system.

Evaluation Methods

LIS 690 evaluation form.

Evaluation Schedule

The supervising librarian will complete the LIS 690 evaluation form at the end of the semester.

Contact Information

Michael Chopey
(808) 956-2648
Last Updated: 2015September14