The new cataloging standard @umlib, the RDA (Resource Description and Access)

The Cataloging  and Metadata Division provides access to scholarly materials in the UM Library collection to support research, teaching and learning in the UM community by organizing, describing, and providing effective, accurate tools that assist our clients in locating information resources of value to them.

As of April 1, 2014  the Library has implemented Resource Description and Access (RDA), a new library cataloging standard replacing Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2). RDA focuses more on the end user and assist users to find, identify, select and obtain the resources the want. RDA cataloging will lead to more user-friendly bibliographic records in the search results that are easier to read and interpret because the data reflects a more exact representation of the resource. Continue reading

Goodbye 2013 and Hello 2014

Within the next few hours, we will be saying our goodbyes to 2013 and welcoming in 2014. As the hours pass, most of us would be looking back at the going-ons in our lives in 2013. Some would be harbouring happy memories whilst others would be holding back their tears as they recall sad moments. But whatever 2013 brought with it, we should be closing it with a silent prayer for a better 2014.

The UM Library had a busy but memorable 2013. We managed to increase our collection of both print and electronic resources considerably and tried our best to provide numerous facilities and services to our multitude of users. And yes, we do get complaints but we also get our fair share of compliments. 2013 is the year we communicate to our users through various means and social media topped our list. We tweet via Twitter and post messages on our FB. We have seen how our users cling to their mobile devices and we followed suit by experimenting with mobile services. Through all this, we continued to conduct information skills sessions to better equip our users with the skills necessary for them to be information literate.

We hope for better things to come in 2014 and we look forward to continue serving our users. Thank you for all your continuous support. Happy New Year and all the best in your examinations.

Dr Nor Edzan binti Che Nasir
Chief Librarian
UM Library
31 December 2013

A New Semester – A Warm Welcome!

Semester 2 of the 2012/2013 academic session for UM will commence on 18 February 2013.

The academic calendar for the coming semester is as follows:-

Lectures 7 weeks 18 February 2013 to 5 April 2013
Semester Break 1 week 6 April 2013 to 14 April 2013
Lectures 7 weeks 15 April 2013 to 31 May 2013
Revision 1 week 1 June 2013 to 9 June 2013
Examinations 3 weeks 10 June 2013 to 28 June 2013

Semester 2 will be followed by a 9-week break or an 8-week Special Semester. A warm welcome to returning students from all of us here at the UM Library.

Dr Nor Edzan Che Nasir
Chief Librarian
UM Library
15 February 2013

Future of Screen Technology

“This is the result of the Open Innovation experiment. It is an experience video showing the future of screen technology with stretchable screens, transparent screens and e-ink displays, to name a few.”