University of Wisconsin–Madison

Basics of Cataloging

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 12 – Nov 6, 2022

Where: Online, asynchronous

Cost: $350 (Register 2 weeks early for 10% off)

CE Credit: 2.6 CEUs/26 LEUs

Program#: 303623

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe

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This course is full. Click the link above to add your name to the waiting list. There is no cost to join the waitlist, a spot will be offered to those on the waitlist if a cancellation occurs.

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

Alternate registration options may result in delays.

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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.