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Good Cataloging records enhance discovery of your titles

PLEASE include in your description a PDF (best) copy of the title page (not the cover, but the real title page). Catalogers need this precise page in order to do our work accurately. For example, the title for the print version is given in the OCLC database (our source of cataloging records) as: "Title 203" This is obviously an early title, but I can't verify it for the electronic version because there is no title page at the Safari website. If you wish to discuss what I am talking about, my name is Becky Culbertson, I am a cataloger at UC San Diego, and my work phone is 858 822-6415.
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    The title in question is: http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920001140 RDFa in Dublin Core and FRBR is embedded in catalog page. I'm not sure where the OCLC gets it's cataloging info but I imagine from an ONIX feed. This title has been sent out in updated feeds since the original title was sent. Not sure why OCLC wouldn't have picked up the changes. If you have another method you'd like to receive cataloging data in I'd love to here about it. Most of our work has been internal or for commercial partners we haven't had much contact with libraries directly, they seem oddly uninterested in talking to publishers. Maybe just given up hope?
    • The source of this record was the British Library. And yes, it definitely was a "Pre-publication level" record. But is IN the WorldCat database (and has been in there since Feb.5, 2010). The point is that not every catalog record starts life as an ONYX feed! There are human catalogers out there that--once the e-resource is live--need good metadata in the resource in order to do their jobs effectively. Sometimes I feel like the cataloging police! All I'm asking for is complete frontmatter (and this should include the title page). The "Click to look Inside" link does NOT include the title page. Try googling "Title 203" It takes you to amazon's copy of Photoshop CS5; rhen try googling' "Photoshop CS5" and because of the bad metadata, you won't find the "missing manual" book. By the way my daughter, Bonnie Hayne, lives in Sebastopol and I am up there frequently. I have even seen your plant. Feel free to call if you want to talk more about this. I'm not keen on being part of some "getsatisfaction" network, unless it WORKs!
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  • I should have mentioned that there is also bad metadata for "Title 202" by Chris Grover and "Title 201" by David Sawyer McFarland.
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  • I just asked a different question which I think is related to this question here, at http://support.oreilly.com/oreilly/to.... I'm using this current reply to bounce this question up to the top of the queue, next to my original question.
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