Hi Laura:

I started working with/for Library stuff in 1994. Been working on it more or less full-time now for nearly half that time. I moved from the IT department and became a library employee several years back. So...CS degree, no library education, but have picked a lot up over the years.

One thing that's still not 100% clear to me is the relationship between the types of records. I sort of know how bib, authority, holdings, and item records relate to each other. What I would have found helpful a long time ago would be something like an entity-relationship diagram for these records, with decent text explanations. I could use that even today.

Hmm. Perhaps also such a diagram+text for all the workflows in a library.

Roy Zimmer
Waldo Library
Western Michigan University

On 7/20/2011 12:04 PM, Laura Smart wrote:
Hi folks -

What do you include in orientation when you hire a programmer
(excellent, experienced, of course), who isn't familiar with
library-land?  MARC is a given, ditto the ILS, plus e-resource
management back end (OpenURL parsers, proxies and the like).  From
those of you who came into libraries for other industries:  what do
you wish you knew about libraries, library/info science, and library
operations when you began? I'm especially interested in anything which
gave you an "ah-ha!" moment when you were working with library data --
the implicit things which didn't make sense until you knew why those
crazy librarians did things the way they did.   Also - which resources
were particularly valuable to you as you gained familiarity with your
new environment?

Your insight is deeply appreciated,

Laura J. Smart
Metadata Services Manager, Caltech Library

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