Sunday, November 27, 2011

Offsite Day 9

Start time: 1:00
End time: 11:30
Hours Worked: 11.5
Total Hours: 65.5

I spent today finishing my practicum paper and finishing my practicum log.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Offsite Day 8

Start time: 9:30
End time: 5:00
Hours Worked:7.5
Total Hours: 54

All of today was spent writing my practicum paper.  I got some more pages written and am nearing the halfway point.  I also found some new articles that will prove useful.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Offsite Day 7

Start time: 12:00
End time: 5:00
Hours Worked: 5
Total Hours: 46.5

Pretty much all of today was spent writing my paper.  I got a few pages done.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Offsite Day 6

Start time: 9:30
End time: 5:00
Hours Worked: 7.5
Total Hours: 41.5

Between yesterday and today, I thought of some more data I should try to compile, so that was one of the main things that I did today.  I think this new set of data gives me some really interesting information about how Wikipedia aided me in subject cataloging.  I also read some articles, one of which I felt will help me a great deal, and found some new articles.  I also started thinking about how I'm going to structure the paper and started writing a little bit.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Offsite Day 5

Start time: 9:30
End time: 5:30
Hours Worked: 8
Total Hours: 34

The main thing I did today was compile more data, some of it new, and compare it with data that I had compiled previously. I found some discrepancies between the two data sets and had to resolved them.  The data that I compiled was much more specific than the data I had compiled previously.  I also realized that one ETD I had cataloged had not been included within the previous data I had compiled, so I fixed the old data.  I also thought about how I was going to use the new data I had compiled, and if I needed to compile any more data.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Offsite Day 4

Start time: 9:00
End time: 4:30
Hours Worked: 7.5
Total Hours: 26

I read over some more articles and tried to determine how they would fit within the context of my paper.  I also thought about if I would need to find anymore resources to use for this paper.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Offsite Day 3

Start time: 2:30
End time: 5:30
Hours Worked: 3
Total Hours: 18.5

The main thing I did today was read a over some articles and jot some notes down about them.  I also brainstormed a little bit about how I would be able to incorporate what I read into my paper.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Offsite Day 2

Start time: 10:30
End time: 6:30
Hours Worked: 8
Total Hours: 15.5

I went back to Tech Services today to get the necessary information to compile data that I'm going to use for my paper.  After getting all the information and double-checking to make sure it was correct, I used my blog and my notes to compile the data of how often Wikipedia was helpful in subject cataloging.  I also thought about how I was going to include the fact that Lilly and Josh were also used as resources to help me find subject headings as well as other websites.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Offsite Day 1

Start time: 10:30
End time: 6:00
Hours Worked: 7.5
Total Hours: 7.5

I worked on some paperwork that I needed to finish.  I also started searching for articles that I needed to read.  I read a few and also started brain storming on how I wanted to structure my paper.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 20, Last Official Day

Day 20
Start time: 8:00
 End time: 12:00
Hours Worked: 4
Total Hours: 150! 
The first thing I cataloged today was an political science honor's paper titled Strategic Nonviolence and Humor: Their Synergy and Its Limitations: A Case Study of Nonviolent Struggle led by Serbia’s Otpor by Anne M. Lucas.  It was a fascinating piece about the use of humor by the Serbian nonviolent resistance group Otpor.  I thought the paper was primarily about about nonviolent resistance and humor, but it was also about things like political power as well.  I decided to create a subject heading for Otpor because the work was about their actions, and I think people would be happy to find this if they were searching for things about Otpor.  I also decided to subdivide "Otpor" by "Humor" to show that it is about their use of humor.  The concept of nonviolent resistance comes up with either the headings "Nonviolence" or "Passive resistance."  I had to look up "Passive resistance" in Wikipedia to determine if it was the same thing as nonviolent resistance, and I found out that it was.  I decided to create the subject heading "Passive resistance--Serbia--Humor" to show that it was about the humor of the passive resistance in Serbia.  I used the call number for passive resistance.  Wikipedia was quite helpful.  Here are my subject headings in MARC format.

610 20 Otpor (Organization : Serbia) ǂx Humor.
650 0 Passive resistance ǂz Serbia ǂx Humor.

Sevim suggested that I remove the "Humor" subject heading for both subject headings I had and add the "Serbian wit and humor" subject heading.  So I did that.  Here is the MARC format of the final headings:

610 20 Otpor (Organization : Serbia)
650 0 Passive resistance ǂz Serbia.
650 0 Serbian wit and humor.

The second honor's paper that I cataloged today was a chemistry one titled Thermodynamic and Morphological Properties of Ceramide-1-Phosphate Model Monolayer Systems by Alexandra Hill.  I had a hard time determining what exactly this paper was about besides Ceramide-1-Phosphates because of my lack of chemistry knowledge.  I attempted to use Wikipedia to help me understand some of the concepts, but there were not many articles that matched what I was looking for.  I did get a little information from there though.  Searching for Ceramide-1-Phosphates lead me to the subject heading "Ceramides" which I used Wikipedia and the Lipid Library ( to help determine that this was the heading that I wanted to use.  Other concepts that I tried to term into subject headings were monolayer phase behavior, thermodynamic properties, and morphological properties.  None of these had really good matches, but after searching for monolayer phase behavior, I searched for simply phase behavior which lead me to the subject heading "Phase transformations (Statistical physics)."  I wasn't sure if this heading was correct, so I performed a WorldCat search with it and found an article that mentioned phase behavior in the abstract.  That was good enough for me to put it as a subject heading.  I found it really hard to find any other subject headings for this paper.  Here are my subject headings in MARC format:

650 0 Ceramides.
650 0 Phase transformations (Statistical physics)

Sevim wasn't sure about the "Phase transformations (Statistical phyics)" subject heading.  After doing a WorldCat search, she didn't think it should remain a subject heading, so I removed it.  Here is the MARC format of my final subject headings:

650 0 Ceramides.

The last record I cataloged for my official practicum hours was an honor's paper titled Is the Fixation on “Healthy” Unhealthy? A Study on Orthorexia Nervosa by Kelsey M. Robinson.  This paper was a study about a proposed eating disorder called orthorexia nervosa which is an obsession with eating healthy.  Orthorexia nervosa was, unsurprisingly, not in LCSH, so I chose the subject heading "Eating disorders" instead.  I wanted to find a subject heading that could convey the idea of obsession with eating healthy, but I couldn't find anything like that.  The paper also mentions obsessive-compulsive disorder, but not really enough to warrant a subject heading.  I didn't really need Wikipedia for this one.  Here are the subject headings in MARC format:

650 0 Eating disorders.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day 19

Day 19
Start time: 8:00
[1 Hour Lunch]
End time: 5:00
Hours Worked: 8
Total Hours: 146

On Friday I started doing the descriptive cataloging for my first batch of honor's papers which is basically a bachelor's version of a thesis.  I had nine different honor's papers, and they were all in different areas of study.  The subject areas covered in these honor's papers are:  art, theatre, nursing, design theory (school of art), political science, chemistry, psychology, film, and geology.  Only two of the nine did their forms incorrectly and need NARs.

The first honor's paper I subject cataloged today was a theater one titled THE SHOW IS IN THE DETAILS: LEARNING ABOUT A STUDENT DIRECTOR’S PROCESS FROM THE INSIDE by Erin McManus.  The author discusses learning her experiences of discovering her process for director and describes the process of three professional directors.  This honor's paper was interesting, and I sent a copy to my friend Tim because he's into theater and thought he would be interested.  The first concepts I thought of for this were theater directing and something to do with concept and processs.  Unfortunately I could not find any subject headings for the ideas of concept and process.  The concept of theater directing was translated into "Theater--Production and direction" in LCSH.  I also thought I should add the heading "Theatrical producers and directors" because the paper is also about them.  Wikipedia was not needed.  Here are the subject headings that I ended up with:

650 0 Theater ǂx Production and direction.
650 0 Theatrical producers and directors.

Sevim suggested that I remove "Theatrical producers and directors" unless I thought it should really be on there.  I couldn't think of a good enough reason to keep it on there.  Here are my final subject headings in MARC:

650 0 Theater ǂx Production and direction.

The second honor's paper I cataloged was an art one titled Innate Materiality by April Bachtel.  I thought her painting was pretty cool.  She does abstract painting and relief painting.  Relief painting is when you put enough paint on the canvas so that it causes the painting to look three dimensional and stick out.  I used wikipedia to get more information about both abstract painting and relief painting, but both of those were keywords assigned by the author and were easy to find in LCSH.  Subject headings were relatively easy for this one.  I chose three different ones which were:  "Bachtel, April--Exhibitions," "Painting, Abstract--United States--21st century--Exhibitions," and "Relief (Art)--United States--21st century--Exhibitions."  The difficult part of this paper was assigning the call number.  I had a hard time finding which call number to use because the number for an individual artist for painting is not as clearly laid out as it is for ceramic sculptures.  I found the call number ND237.B334 ǂb A4 2011 by searching for various recent American artists in OhioLINK and noticing that they all had the same number just with a different cutter.  This is how I made my decision.  The artists I looked for were Andy Warhol and Jacob Collins.  Here are my subject headings in MARC form:

600 10 Bachtel, April ǂv Exhibitions.
650 0 Painting, Abstract ǂz United States ǂy 21st century ǂv Exhibitions.
650 0 Relief (Art) ǂz United States ǂy 21st century ǂv Exhibitions

Sevim liked my subject headings but wasn't sure about my call number at first.  After some investigation, she accept it.

The third honor's paper that I cataloged was a nursing one titled Lived Experiences of Nurses: Nurse Characteristics by Clinical Specialty by Rebecca J. Barreca.  This paper was really just about the experiences of nine different nurses each with a different specialty.  I had a hard time coming up with subject headings for this one because the topic is so broad.  I ended up using the subject headings "Nursing--Psychological aspects" and "Nursing specialties--Psychological aspects" because I felt that the paper was about the psychological aspects of both nursing and its specialties.  I also used the field "Nurses--Attitudes" because I felt that paper is about what nurses think and feel.  That was also the subject heading that got me the closest to dealing with their experiences.  I based the call number on "Nursing--Psychological aspects."  I didn't need Wikipedia for this paper.  Here is the MARC format of the subject headings I chose:

650 0Nursing ǂx Psychological aspects.
650 0Nursing specialties ǂx Psychological aspects.
650 0Nurses ǂx Attitudes.

Sevim suggested that I remove "Nursing--Psychological aspects" because the paper was about nursing specialties first and foremost, so I did.  Here are the final headings in MARC format:

650 0 Nursing specialties ǂx Psychological aspects.
650 0 Nurses ǂx Attitudes.

The third honor's paper that I cataloged today is a bizarre fine arts one titled Notes between Yesterday and Tomorrow: Queering Perceptions toward Homotopia by Nicolas Joyce.  So after reading basically the whole paper, I still don't really have an idea of what it's about.  I guess it's about queer theory and gender identity.  It seems like from what I read about queer theory on Wikipedia that it's a good bet that this paper is about it, particularly because queer theory comes out of post-structuralism and radical deconstruction which often both have material that is almost unreadable.  Anyways, I choose the subject headings "Queer theory" and "Gender identity."  I chose my call number based on queer theory.  The number dealt with philosophy and aestetics which seemed appropriate.  Here's the MARC format of my subject headings:

650 0 Queer theory.
650 0 Gender identity.

Sevim suggested I remove "Gender identity" and change the call number, so I did.  Here are the final headings in MARC format:

650 0 Queer theory.