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:  Jun 8 – Aug 2, 2020 [Fall Session will be Sept 14 – Nov 8]

Where: Online

Cost: $325 (10% discount if you register 2 weeks before the class starts!)

CE Credit: 2.6 CEUs/26 LEUs

Program: #303321

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

This course is full. If a course fills, you will see an option to add yourself to the waiting list at no cost when you click “register online.” We will contact you if a spot opens up, which you can then choose to accept. You will only be charged if you accept an open spot.

Register online

Register by phone: Pyle Center, 608.262.2451

Register by mail: Print a Registration Form

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Login information will be emailed 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.


Tracy Boehm is currently the business process specialist at the Austin Public Library (TX), where she was previously a cataloger.