Previous Webinars

Previous webinars hosted by AAS

2020

 

Searching the AAS Catalog: Foundations

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 11:00 am EDT
Approx. 30-45 minutes

Topic

This session discusses fundamentals of navigating the AAS catalog.

 

Questions addressed include

  • How do I find materials on the topic I’m interested in?
  • How do I find a book when I know the title?
  • Can I look for exact wording?
  • Why am I getting this search result when the words I searched aren’t in this record?
  • What are the differences between the catalog and Google?

 

Formally, topics include

  • What is the catalog?
  • The quick search bar
  • Anatomy of a catalog entry
  • Exploratory searches and known title searches
  • Keyword searching
    • Keyword anywhere
    • Title keyword
    • Name keyword
    • Subject keyword
    • Search options “all of these,” “any of these,” and “as a phrase”
  • MARC view (a glimpse behind the scenes)


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About Our Host

Amy Tims, Cataloging Initiatives Librarian. Amy joined the AAS staff in 2012 as a cataloger for the North American Imprints Program (NAIP), and she now takes on a variety of projects to enhance access to the Society's holdings.

 

Searching the AAS Catalog: North American Imprints Program, the Evans years (pre-1801)

Wednesday, May 13, 3:00 pm EDT

Approx. 1 hour

(What time is that for me?)

Topic

This session discusses searching the AAS catalog specifically for pre-1801 imprints.

 

Questions addressed include

  • How do I find books published by Lydia Bailey?
  • How do I find materials owned by Isaiah Thomas, Jr., not by Isaiah Thomas, founder of AAS?
  • How can I find Evans 11812 (An elegiac poem, on the death of that celebrated divine, and eminent servant of Jesus Christ, the late reverend, and pious George Whitefield by Phillis Wheatley) or ESTC W22956 (Benjamin Banneker's Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia almanack and ephemeris, for the year of our Lord, 1792 …)?
  • Why am I seeing materials I can’t request in the reading room? How do I search for just materials I can request in the reading room?
  • Can I see what other libraries hold this title?
  • Is everything in Evans in the North American Imprints Program (and, therefore, in the AAS catalog)?

 

Formally, topics include

  • What is the North American Imprints Program?
  • Keyword searching
    • Name keyword
      • The different kinds of contributors being searched
      • Title keyword
        • The different kinds of titles being searched
        • Bibliography citation keyword
      • Library forms of name / authorized access points
      • Exact searches
        • Printer/publisher/bookseller
        • Illustrator/engraver
        • Provenance
      • Browse searches
        • Name
        • Subject
      • Not at AAS records
        • Sources of Not at AAS records
        • Finding materials at AAS
        • Other holding libraries

     

 

About Our Host

Amy Tims, Cataloging Initiatives Librarian. Amy joined the AAS staff in 2012 as a cataloger for the North American Imprints Program (NAIP), and she now takes on a variety of projects to enhance access to the Society's holdings.



 

 

 

Keyword & Browse

Wednesday, May 20, 11:00 am EDT

Approx. 45-60 minutes

(What time is that for me?)

Topic

This session explores how to refine your searches by taking advantage of different kinds of searches that the catalog can do.

 

Questions addressed include

  • Why am I getting this search result when my search terms aren’t in the record?
  • How do I find this record again?
  • There are many A. Hams -- how do I search for the one who dueled Aaron Burr?
  • Can I divide these 800+ search results into smaller chunks?
  • Is there an alphabetical index of the catalog?
  • Can I just #AskACataloger about this?

 

Formally, topics include

  • MARC view (a glimpse behind the scenes)
  • Catalog record numbers / bibliographic identifiers
  • Marks of truncation
  • Library forms of name / authorized access points
  • Keyword searching
  • Keyword anywhere
    • Name keyword
    • Subject keyword
    • Boolean searches
  • Browse searches
    • Name browse
    • Subject browse
    • Cross references

 

About Our Host

Amy Tims, Cataloging Initiatives Librarian. Amy joined the AAS staff in 2012 as a cataloger for the North American Imprints Program (NAIP), and she now takes on a variety of projects to enhance access to the Society's holdings.



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Searching the AAS Catalog: Introduction to MARC

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 3:00 pm EDT
Approx. 30-45 minutes

(What time is this for me?)

Topic

The session discusses MARC, the data format underlying the catalog, and how it connects to and impacts the searches you can do in the AAS Catalog.

 

Questions addressed include

  • Why does it matter if I choose “as a phrase” or “all of these” when keyword searching?
  • What do those punctuation marks in the record mean?
  • How does a cataloger see the catalog?
  • What kind of information do catalogers make note of and how do they record it? (And why does this matter?)
  • What information is this search actually searching? (Is it doing what I think it is?)
  • What the heck is MARC?

Formally, topics include

  • MAchine Readable Cataloging (MARC), a very brief history and overview
  • MARC fields and subfields, the structure thereof
  • MARC fields and subfields, the content thereof
  • Resources catalogers use for MARC fields with formally-structured content
  • AAS Catalog searches and the MARC fields they’re searching
  • Specialized indexing

Handouts

MARC fields in WebVoyage.xlsx
AAS Catalog Intro to MARC Reference Sheet.pdf
AAS Catalog Intro to MARC slides.pdf
AAS Catalog Intro to MARC slides powerpoint.pptx

 

About Our Host

Amy Tims, Cataloging Initiatives Librarian. Amy joined the AAS staff in 2012 as a cataloger for the North American Imprints Program (NAIP), and she now takes on a variety of projects to enhance access to the Society's holdings.

 

 


 

Searching the AAS Catalog: Foundations

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 3:00 pm EDT

Approx. 30-45 minutes

(What time is that for me?)

Topic

This session discusses fundamentals of navigating the AAS catalog.

 

Questions addressed include

  • How do I find materials on the topic I’m interested in?
  • How do I find a book when I know the title?
  • Can I look for exact wording?
  • Why am I getting this search result when the words I searched aren’t in this record?
  • What are the differences between the catalog and Google?

 

Formally, topics include

  • What is the catalog?
  • The quick search bar
  • Anatomy of a catalog entry
  • Exploratory searches and known title searches
  • Keyword searching
    • Keyword anywhere
    • Title keyword
    • Name keyword
    • Subject keyword
    • Search options “all of these,” “any of these,” and “as a phrase”
  • MARC view (a glimpse behind the scenes)

 

Each session is standalone and includes time for an open Q & A with an AAS staff member.

The webinars are held on Zoom.

Upon signing up, participants are emailed a link to the Zoom meeting and a link to a reference sheet that they can download, take notes on, and print out at their convenience.

 

About Our Host

Amy Tims, Cataloging Initiatives Librarian. Amy joined the AAS staff in 2012 as a cataloger for the North American Imprints Program (NAIP), and she now takes on a variety of projects to enhance access to the Society's holdings.

 

 


 

Keyword & Browse

Wednesday, July 22, 3:00 pm EDT

Approx. 45-60 minutes

(What time is that for me?)

Topic

This session explores how to refine your searches by taking advantage of different kinds of searches that the catalog can do.

 

Questions addressed include

  • Why am I getting this search result when my search terms aren’t in the record?
  • How do I find this record again?
  • There are many A. Hams -- how do I search for the one who dueled Aaron Burr?
  • Can I divide these 800+ search results into smaller chunks?
  • Is there an alphabetical index of the catalog?
  • Can I just #AskACataloger about this?

 

Formally, topics include

  • MARC view (a glimpse behind the scenes)
  • Catalog record numbers / bibliographic identifiers
  • Marks of truncation
  • Library forms of name / authorized access points
  • Keyword searching
  • Keyword anywhere
    • Name keyword
    • Subject keyword
    • Boolean searches
  • Browse searches
    • Name browse
    • Subject browse
    • Cross references

 

About Our Host

Amy Tims, Cataloging Initiatives Librarian. Amy joined the AAS staff in 2012 as a cataloger for the North American Imprints Program (NAIP), and she now takes on a variety of projects to enhance access to the Society's holdings.

 

This webinar is full.

Each session is standalone and includes time for an open Q & A with an AAS staff member.

The webinars are held on Zoom.

Upon signing up, participants are emailed a link to the Zoom meeting and a link to a reference sheet that they can download, take notes on, and print out at their convenience.

 



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Searching the AAS Catalog: Introduction to MARC

Wednesday, August 5, 3:00 pm EDT
Approx. 60 minutes

(What time is this for me?)

Topic

The session discusses MARC, the data format underlying the catalog, and how it connects to and impacts the searches you can do in the AAS Catalog.

 

Questions addressed include

  • Why does it matter if I choose “as a phrase” or “all of these” when keyword searching?
  • What do those punctuation marks in the record mean?
  • How does a cataloger see the catalog?
  • What kind of information do catalogers make note of and how do they record it? (And why does this matter?)
  • What information is this search actually searching? (Is it doing what I think it is?)
  • What the heck is MARC?

Formally, topics include

  • MAchine Readable Cataloging (MARC), a very brief history and overview
  • MARC fields and subfields, the structure thereof
  • MARC fields and subfields, the content thereof
  • Resources catalogers use for MARC fields with formally-structured content
  • AAS Catalog searches and the MARC fields they’re searching
  • Specialized indexing

Handouts

AASCatalogIntroToMARCFieldsAndSearches.xlsx
AASCatalogIntroToMARCAug5Reference.pdf
AASCatalogIntroToMARCAug5SlidesPDF.pdf
AASCatalogIntroToMARCAug5SlidesPowerpoint.pptx

About Our Host

Amy Tims, Cataloging Initiatives Librarian. Amy joined the AAS staff in 2012 as a cataloger for the North American Imprints Program (NAIP), and she now takes on a variety of projects to enhance access to the Society's holdings.

 

This session is full.

Each session is standalone and includes time for an open Q & A with an AAS staff member.

The webinars are held on Zoom.

Upon signing up, participants are emailed a link to the Zoom meeting and a link to a reference sheet that they can download, take notes on, and print out at their convenience.

 


 

Manuscript Cultures in Seventeenth-Century New England

Hosted by Ashley Cataldo and Meredith Neuman

Tuesday, October 13, 1:00 pm EDT
Approx. 60 minutes

(What time is this for me?)

Watch on YouTube

Topic

Join Ashley Cataldo, AAS curator of manuscripts, and Meredith Neuman, associate professor at Clark University, for a lively presentation on early New England manuscript culture. Presenters will showcase a variety of genres, including diaries, correspondence, account books, deeds, sermon notes, notebooks, annotations, and more. They will explore other intriguing features of manuscripts from the period, including shorthand and curious preservation issues. This hour-long webinar is for both new and experienced researchers who want to expand their knowledge of early manuscript culture, as well as members of the general public who have an interest in early New England history and culture.

About Our Hosts

Ashley Cataldo is AAS curator of manuscripts. Meredith Neuman, author of Jeremiah’s Scribes: Creating Sermon Literature in Puritan New England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), was elected a member of AAS in 2012.

 

Registration

This online event is free, but registration is required.

You will be sent an email with a link and instructions on how to join the event upon registration.



Noah Newman to John Cotton, March 14, 1676. Curwen Family Papers, AAS

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