Paper Information

Journal:   JOURNAL OF NATIONAL STUDIES ON LIBRARIANSHIP AND INFORMATION ORGANIZATION   WINTER 2013 , Volume 23 , Number 4 (92); Page(s) 94 To 119.
 
Paper: 

THE VIEWPOINT OF CATALOGUERS AT THE NATIONAL LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES OF THE I.R. IRAN ABOUT RESOURCE DESCRIPTION AND ACCESS (RDA) RULES AND AN EVALUATION OF THEIR ACCEPTANCE

 
 
Author(s):  PAZOOKI FATEMEH*, HAJI ZEINOLABEDINI MOHSEN, ARASTOOPOOR SHOLEH, SHARIF MOGHADAM HADI
 
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Abstract: 

Purpose: This research aimed at identifying the extent to which cataloguers were familiar with RDA, how ready they were to accept these rules, and how training may affect this.
Methodology/Approach: The familiarity of 49 cataloguers working in the Cataloging in Publication (CIP) section of the National Library of Iran with RDA was evaluated using two methods i.e. self-reporting (personal opinion) and actual familiarity (using open questions) before and after training. Their acceptance of these rules was also studied.
Findings: The cataloguers’ self-reporting about their familiarity with RDA before being trained indicate a higher than average level of familiarity while their actual level of familiarity was lower than average. After being trained their familiarity – both self-reported and actual – was higher than average. Furthermore, the existence of a significant difference between self-reported familiarity, actual familiarity and level of acceptance by cataloguers was also studied according to sex, education, age, and cataloguing experience. There was no significant difference between the cataloguers’ self-reported and actual familiarity with RDA except for cataloguers with different levels of education i.e. before and after being trained, the self-reported familiarity of cataloguers with a master’s degree was higher than the self-reported familiarity of cataloguers with a bachelor’s; furthermore, the actual familiarity of cataloguers with a master’s degree was higher than the actual familiarity of cataloguers with a bachelor’s degree.

 
Keyword(s): RESOURCE DESCRIPTION AND ACCESS (RDA) RULES, CATALOGUING RULES, NATIONAL LIBRARY OF I.R. IRAN, FAMILIARITY
 
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