Cataloging

Cataloging Workshops

[All classes are RDA based with references to hybrid and legacy rules]

Cataloging for the Non-Cataloger

Available as a webinar and onsite.

Summary: No matter where you work in the library, knowledge of basic cataloging will enhance and improve your skills in general.  A basic orientation to cataloging – its purpose, its goals, its terminology – including what information is most important, the original cataloging process, copy cataloging, and MARC –the framework used to code the information (yes, catalogers CODE!).  A great start for the beginning cataloger as well as an introduction for the non-cataloging staff, manager, and administrator.

After this webinar participants will

      • know why we catalog and how it affects the whole library
      • comprehend cataloging terminology
      • understand the cataloging process as a whole
      • recognize parts of the MARC record
      • identify cataloging resources

Objectives:

To gain an understanding of what cataloging is, how it affects the organization as a whole, and how it is evolving.

Methods:

Lecture with Q&A.

Onsite: Proven interactive and creative group exercises to create an accessible platform for learning the abstract concepts being introduced.

Webinar: use of real world examples to illustrate the abstract concepts being introduced

Outcomes:

Attendees will leave with a better understanding of what cataloging is and how it fits into the organization as a whole.  They will have tools and skills that can be immediately applied to their daily activities, whether in public or technical services. Every attendee will leave with resources and learning aids to continue the learning process on their own.

What is RDA and What it Isn’t.

Available as a webinar and onsite.

Summary: Everyone working in libraries needs to understand what is happening in cataloging and information management. It is a change that is fundamentally impacting everything in the library from the way we catalog to what and how the catalogs search. This interactive and informative workshop is appropriate for beginning catalogers, administrators, supervisors, solo librarians, small libraries, and accidental librarians. NOTE: [This is NOT a “how to catalog in RDA” webinar]

After this webinar participants will:

      • understand the reasons behind why such a dramatic change is being instituted
      • comprehend the impact the change makes to the catalog and the organization and the choices and decisions that need to be made to make it work for their organization
      • how to talk to their ILS about RDA
      • how to remain informed on what is happening with RDA, BIBFRAME, and other big changes in the world of information organization

Objectives:

To gain an understanding of the why there are new cataloging rules, its effect on individual libraries, and to dispel the myths and misinformation surrounding it.

Methods:

Lecture with Q&A.

Onsite: Proven interactive and creative group exercises to create an accessible platform for learning the abstract concepts being introduced.

Webinar: use of real world examples to illustrate the abstract concepts being introduced

Outcomes:

Attendees will leave with a better understanding of what the new rules mean, how to implement them, and how the changes bring library work more in line with international information standards.  They will have tools and skills that can be immediately applied to their daily activities. Every attendee will leave with resources and learning aids to continue the learning process on their own.

 

Cataloging for Copy Catalogers

Available as a webinar and onsite.

Summary:  Copy Catalogers who are familiar with the rules and purpose of cataloging improve the quality of the database.  Understanding the purpose of certain rules, the common errors in MARC bibliographic records, various search techniques, and how to enhance existing records allows the copy cataloger to select the best. With the coding of library information evolving to fit national information standards, having enhanced clean records makes future changes more manageable.  This course integrates the goal of cataloging and its place in the whole organization with practical step-by-step instruction.

 After this webinar participants will

      • have a more in depth understanding of the MARC record
      • be able to assess a MARC record on many levels for the purposes of copy cataloging
      • understand the cataloging process as a whole
      • understand the connection between the current bibliographic framework and the future of library information practices
      • possess improved search techniques for MARC records

Objectives:

To enhance the skill levels of new and existing copy catalogers to create a more robust and functional catalog.

Methods:

Lecture with Q&A.

Onsite: Proven interactive and creative group exercises to create an accessible platform for learning the abstract concepts being introduced.

Webinar: use of real world examples to illustrate the abstract concepts being introduced

Outcomes:

Attendees will leave with a better understanding of bibliographic framework, database functions, and cataloging as a whole.  They will have tools and skills that can be immediately applied to searching and adding MARC records to their database. Every attendee will leave with resources and learning aids to continue the learning process on their own.

 

Cataloging 101

Available as a webinar and onsite.

Summary: It’s not as complicated as it looks, once you understand the basics.  Even if you outsource there are those local titles and donations that need to be cataloged, often needing original records because no other record is available. Geared to the accidental cataloger, solo librarian, small library, and complete newbies who will be creating some original records as well as copy cataloging, this is also appropriate for administrators and supervisors wanting to get hands on experience. 

 After this webinar participants will

      • know why we catalog and how it affects the whole library
      • comprehend cataloging terminology
      • recognize parts of the MARC record
      • be able to create a minimum bibliographic record
      • identify additional cataloging resources

Objectives:

To gain enough of an understanding of what cataloging is to create basic records that work, find suitable records for copy cataloging, and to ask questions that get useful answers.

Methods:

Lecture with Q&A.

Onsite: Proven interactive and creative group exercises to create an accessible platform for learning the abstract concepts being introduced.

Webinar: use of real world examples to illustrate the abstract concepts being introduced

Outcomes:

Attendees will leave with a better understanding of what cataloging is and how it fits into the organization as a whole along with practical skills in searching and creating bibliographic records. Every attendee will leave with resources and learning aids to continue the learning process on their own.