Week Three of the cataloging portion of the practicum presented opportunity for hands on processing of books. After copy-cataloging, the record is imported from OCLC to Voyager, the library catalog (or more specifically, the integrated library system). Bar codes, labels, and other identifiers are added to the item. Additionally, the music department has donated several hundred lp album sets of a variety of music styles. These were most enjoyable to process.
Although I knew the basic processing procedures from past experience, I consider this valuable experience in working with OCLC and Voyager. Having opportunity to ask questions in a live environment greatly supplements online theory coursework. I look forward to being in the Acquisitions Department next week and Systems/Web services the following week.