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
- 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.