This week’s readings have been tough! I’ve found it really difficult to wrap my head around all the concepts, especially when the acronyms pile up. I think with longing about the Cataloging class I took last semester. It was all practical, and I was in heaven! Granted, cataloging is difficult and we only skimmed the surface of all the crazy, sometimes contradictory and nonsensical rules, but I really got into it because it was so concrete. It was kind of like learning English must be for other cultures. Plenty of rules, but even more exceptions. Then again, I was an ESL teacher for many years, and LOVED the grammar aspect.
So, yeah, like a couple of other fellow bloggers here and here, I am much better at anything that involves working with my hands, or anything with a real practical application. Dr. M says that things will be more practical after the projects begin, so I’m looking forward to that!
We’ve been talking about electronic resources in the context of collection development in my other class, and a fellow student pointed out that even if a database has the highest quality information around, if it’s too frustrating to use, people won’t use it. So usability is a key factor in developing electronic collections. This also applies when we talk about making the search process easier. But I do believe I already ranted about this in my last post.
Anyhow, it’s good to know we’re all in it together. I really enjoy reading everyone else’s posts and comments. When the readings make me feel like I’m drowning, I almost always find clarification here.