In which cinephile humor is essential.

Although I’m enjoying all of my classes this semester, I must confess to some challenges when tackling the readings for IST 616 – Information Resources: Organization and Access. Librarians love acronyms. Although I am generally fond of acronyms myself, I seem to have met my match in this particular class regarding the number I’m able to absorb, understand, and remember: AACR2, DC, RDA, MODS, DACS, CCO, EAD, MARC, CDWA, VRA Core, TEI, CIDOC, ONIX, etc.

Last week, I cheekily shared my opinion that reading the textbook reminded me of this (only with no Robin Williams, so much less fun):

My mind is well and truly boggled by all these acronyms. Only the well-organized lectures of the professor, weekly visits to office hours, and class discussions with other students have kept me from losing my mind. I’m in the midst of making flash cards to aid my memory, but confess that I’ve viewed the above video clip multiple times as a stress-reduction technique.

Tonight, I’ve been skimming the AACR2 section of the RDA Toolkit in preparing for my Friday morning class. In spite of being blessedly free of acronyms, the reading is not without its challenges. My brain seems determined to treat it like semi-comprehensible legalese. What’s a girl to do when confronted with instructions like:

Base the description on the first part or, lacking this, on the earliest available part. For numbered multipart monographs, the first part is the lowest numbered part. For unnumbered multipart monographs, the first part is the part with the earliest publication, distribution, etc., date.

Why… remember her Marx Brothers, of course:

Here’s hoping I don’t have to invoke the Sanity Clause before the semester is through.

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7 thoughts on “In which cinephile humor is essential.

  1. Fran Elia September 24, 2015 / 3:48 am

    But I definitely know who’s on first!

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  2. Fran Elia September 24, 2015 / 3:50 am

    Nice job with the blog so far. FYI – the time stamp on my replies appears to be four hours later from the actual post time; I did not post at 3:48 a.m.

    Like

  3. dovekhan September 24, 2015 / 5:18 am

    Glad to see academia hasn’t diminished your sense of humor or ability to relate cinema and literature.

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  4. jahurst September 24, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    During one of the admitted student events (I believe that’s what it was), Topher Lawton on Adobe Connect typed in a long comment which had a high number of LIS association acronyms in it, and which I read to the group and inserted all of the correct proper names. Topher jokingly said that he did that to test me!

    Personally, I think we do ourselves a disservice by relying on acronyms because sometimes other librarians don’t understand us. Ask an academic librarian about “YA” and you might get a blank stare!

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  5. CarolK October 3, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Enjoying reading all your thoughts. This is a fantastic way to document your adventures in libraryland.

    Liked by 1 person

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