A Question for Complex Cataloging

Catalogers work behind the scenes in the library. We’re usually found in our very quiet building, examining books, checking over bibliographic records, or typing lines of code. The catalog records that we work on are mostly used by people whom we will never meet. But the Cataloging & Description department occasionally receives questions from researchers,Continue reading “A Question for Complex Cataloging”

A Visit from the “‘Twas the Night” Collection

‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through our section We were ready to work on a festive collection. Many boxes of books (and this part makes it fun), Each with the same poem. You all know which one. The boxes were nestled all snug in their cart, Holding old books and rare books andContinue reading “A Visit from the “‘Twas the Night” Collection”

Cataloging Historic Student Work

As FSU students were finishing up their final papers for the semester, at Complex Cataloging we were working on a group of theses and dissertations written by FSU students long ago. Our project involved almost 600 digitized works from graduate and undergraduate students, most of them written between 1920 and 1979. Electronic theses and dissertationsContinue reading “Cataloging Historic Student Work”

Ghosts and Skeletons in the Christmas Greetings Collection

Are there ghosts lurking in the subbasement of Strozier Library? Probably not. But there are ghost stories, and some of them are hiding where you might not expect them: in Christmas books. I came across some of these ghost stories while cataloging the Christmas Greetings Collection. Like the Dime Novels Collection, the books in theContinue reading “Ghosts and Skeletons in the Christmas Greetings Collection”