Midwinter Conference, January 9, 2011

MLA IB in Academic Libraries Discussion Group
ALA Midwinter
Sunday, January 9, 2011
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Hilton Bayfront: Indigo C


Updates from Barbara Chen, Director of Bibliographic Services & Editor, MLA International Bibliography:

  • Indexers have begun to index for 2011 already
  • The first update for 2011 will be early March
  • Without a print product to consider, we spent this past year trying to figure out how to streamline our processes. We made some changes to indexing rules such as elimination of duplicative double strings.
  • Next year we are looking to merge all literature indexing into one cluster and will include classification for all subject authors. We are also planning to merge all teaching strings into one grouping.
  • We have made a concerted effort to train new field bibliographers using 4 telephone sessions at their convenience.
  • Fellowship applications are due on April 1
  • Volunteers needed for field indexing.  Most people who volunteer as field indexers do about five journals a year, which adds up to about 100 citations a year.

 


Other Discussions:

  1. Laura Fuderer gave a great talk about her experiences as a field indexer.  She gave a lot of good reasons for being an indexer.  Her comments let to a really good conversation with lots of questions about what it’s like to be an indexer.
  2. It was suggested that Laura and Millie Jackson should consider writing up a brief article in Biblionotes and the WESS newsletter about the list of subject areas (and languages and regions) where there are journals available for being indexed to help people decide if indexing might be right for them.
  3. The conversation about being an indexer was so robust that we didn’t have too much time for discussing using MLA in conjunction with other databases.  One of the main points we discussed is how to help students understand the difference between a resource like MLAIB, which is really an index, and a full-text resource like Project Muse.
  4. No one volunteered to take over the MLAIB-L.  Anyone interested should contact either the discussion group chair, Sarah Wenzel (sgwenzel@uchicago.edu), or acting chair, Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (hartsea@muohio.edu).

18 people in attendance.

Minutes prepared by acting chair, Arianne Hartsell-Gundy.

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