As I work my way through Module 4 I am starting to see where I can immediately apply my new understanding of metadata to improve my existing OPAC. Currently the catalogue is not accurate, has hundreds of records that have been manually created with no metadata for effective retrieval and what is there is not entirely accurate. I can see why students generally aren’t keen to use it – it doesn’t help them locate anything, and when they do find something in their search that looks interesting, often it is not on the shelf or is so out of date not worth looking at! I have years of neglect to fix, but I am starting to see a structure of how to go about it. I have been wandering around my shelves already re-labeling, checking call numbers for titles in odd locations and updating OPAC metadata to accurately reflect the resources that are being catalogued.
This excerpt from Assignment 1 I think states where my understanding is at right now. I am concentrating on updating existing resources to facilitate better retrieval, and re-thinking the physically signage and labelling currently.
As Hider (2012) pointed out, due to the enormous amount and wide variety of information resources in the 21st century, it is essential that teacher librarians have the skills and expertise to classify, describe and catalogue resources in all formats available, to allow for easy and efficient access to the user.
Teacher librarians need to know their students’ needs and behavior and use, create and modify metadata to effectively meet those needs. The school library collection also needs to be arranged, physically and digitally, for ease of access. This means organising, designating and labeling resources by classification systems, such as Dewey decimal classification, or by other attributes such as genre, topic and year group or unit of work, reviews etc. to optimise use and retrieval.
Now to Subject Headings.