University of Wisconsin–Madison

Basics of Cataloging [Full!]

Designed for librarians and library workers in all library settings, this course serves as a basic introduction to the principles of information organization emphasizing current cataloging practices and MARC cataloging records.

Participants will learn the basic fields necessary to create MARC records, perform descriptive and subjective cataloging, assign Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Classification numbers, and use authority records to create controlled access points. 

At a glance

When:  Sept 20 – Nov 14, 2021

Where: Online

Cost: $325 (Register 2 weeks early for 10% off)

CE Credit: 2.6 CEUs/26 LEUs

Program: 304622

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

If this class fills to capacity, please join the waitlist. To add your name to the waitlist free of charge, click the “register online” button. If a spot becomes available, you can choose to accept or reject it.

Due to remote work, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Anna Palmer, or Meredith Lowe,

Alternate registration options may result in delays.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins

Course details


  •     Reading and understanding MARC catalog records
  •     OCLC: WorldCat
  •     MARC format
  •     Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Classification systems
  •     Subject cataloging, with an emphasis on Library of Congress subject headings
  •     Authority control
  •     Electronic resources and library cataloging
  •     Anglo-American Catalog Rules 2nd revision (AACR2) and Resource Description and Access (RDA)


Participation in weekly readings and online discussions. Non-graded exercises will be submitted for instructor feedback, along with a final project. 


Beginning Cataloging, 2nd edition by Jean Weihs and Sheila S. Intner, ISBN 978-1-4408-3844-6.


Leah Gentry is a cataloger and reference librarian at Menomonee Falls (WI) Public Library.