LOA Library Catalog – Public Lists – New in January 2015!

LOA Library Catalog – LISTS Feature


Just click on the link above. Click on the ‘List’ feature at the top middle of the screen and click through on each heading.

The Librarian has been utilizing the LISTS feature to generate lists for all interested parties statistics of what has changed in the LOA Library Catalog by highlighting those changes that are of most interest as follows:

148    Internet Resources cataloged

80      Existing Print Items (excluding periodical titles) not previously cataloged – Cataloged

7        New Books Added / Cataloged

Into the future, the Lists feature is where the Librarian will compile and make accessible the New Books added to the LOA Library collections. As the Librarian adds each item to the List as it is cataloged, the List is dynamic and accessible reflecting ‘real time’.

So, as of now, you aren’t waiting a month to hear any longer.

So What Exactly is Going on in the LOA Library II?

Cataloging the Periodicals Collection

As much as 30-35% of the library’s collection has never been cataloged.

The recently retired InMagic DB/Textworks database (1992-2014) had thousands of article analytic records to journals and periodicals held in the collection, but it did not for the most part have cataloging records advising researchers what periodicals per title are held in the LOA Library collections.

Approximately 70% of the LOA Library collections are serial in nature. Many are the usual magazine or periodical. There are a significant number of periodical titles held where each issue of that particular serial publication has an individual title. Many are issued as both a magazine issue and as a book.

Many of the periodicals held and many of these monographic serial titles haven’t been cataloged!

Say what?

As startling as that may  seem, let me elucidate about the LOA Library’s past so it makes sense.

LOA Librarians in the past functioned like curators of their collections. The Librarian just kept in her/his head what was in the collection, where it was held and where to retrieve it from. Patrons ‘always’ came into the LOA Library, so it didn’t matter if the periodical was cataloged. The Patron just asked the Librarian and she/he then retrieved it.

LOA Library Koha Catalog

With the advent of the new Internet-based catalog in July 2014, patrons expect ‘everything’ in the LOA Library’s holdings to be cataloged. Not — but I am working on that!

While volunteers are rehousing (putting loose issues held in boxes that are in some cases over 20 years old in new boxes) and reorganizing (relabeling, moving, etc.0 the periodicals collection, the Librarian has started cataloging the entire periodicals collection – this includes each monographic title within the series.

Just yesterday, the Librarian completed cataloging each and every issue of the American Museum of Natural History Guide Leaflet series. So, now, each book that is held in this series being cataloged and searchable in the collection. Many are ‘classic’ works on Indian pottery, beadwork, etc.

This project will obviously take a long time, but is well underway.

So What Exactly is Going on in the LOA Library?

Internet-based Resources Cataloged >>> 148 and counting!

Tribes – New Mexico / Four Corners Region

Top priority is given to materials where the subject is on or includes content on a Tribe or a Pueblo in New Mexico. Thereafter, the Librarian will focus on the same kind of content for the Four Corner States and then the greater Southwest.

The Librarian has put a priority on recataloging books held in the LOA Library that are now not protected by copyright and are freely available as full-text online resources from reliable hosting sites such as the following:

  • American Museum of Natural History Research Library DSpace Digital Repository
  • Gutenberg Project
  • The Hathi Trust
  • Internet Archive
  • University Libraries | University Repositories

The Librarian is performing searches in the FirstSearch (Worldcat) database locating electronic resources for each of the tribes in New Mexico. She then determines whether there are print or hard copies of each digital representation of these books held in the LOA Library collection.

She then reviews, updates and enhancing access to the existing record (generating Table of Contents and subject terms, for example). She then embeds the full-text linking within the existing cataloging record for the print version so that record then links to the digitized version of the book.

She then codes the resource as an Internet Resource in the LOA Library Catalog, so that researchers can perform searches and retrieve Internet Resources as an ‘item type’.

Electronic Resources (Only Available via the Internet)

While the LOA Library is amazingly strong in 19th century publications on the tribes of pueblos in New Mexico, it does not have everything ever published. So, the Librarian has also created cataloging records that point to digitized versions of hard copy books that are not held in the LOA Library.

Items in the LOA Library Catalog that are available electronically only via the Internet will have [electronic resources] following the Title in the catalog.

Theses | Dissertations Born Digital

Many theses and dissertations are now available full-text electronically as well. The Librarian is generating cataloging records and pointing to those resources as well.

The Librarian just found and cataloged a dissertation on the Genizaros of New Mexico that was available only via the University where the PhD student got their degree. She cataloged the dissertation and points to it on the Internet so patrons can also find it and read it online if they want. In this case, she also downloaded the dissertation and sent it off to the bindery, so there is a copy read for consultation in the LOA Library collection.

Docent Library Collection

The Librarian created a Docent Library webpage under the Laboratory of Anthropology Library webpages on the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture webiste.

See: http://www.indianartsandculture.org/docentlibrary

The Librarian has now cataloged 296 of over 400 books in the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Docent Library collection.

The Docent Library collection can be searched in the LOA Library’s new LOA Library Koha Catalog.

See: http://library.indianartsandculture.org

Detailed instructions on how MIAC Docents can search the Docent Library collections within the database are posted on the Docent Library webpage for which the address is posted above.

The Librarian has provided linking to the Docent Library from the MIAC-LOA Library webpages and from the MIAC Docent Library page.