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 30 – Nov 24, 2019

Where: Online

Cost: $325 (10% discount if you register by Sept 15)

CE Credit: 2.6 CEUs/26 LEUs

Program: #308220

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

This course is full, and the waitlist is open. Add your name to the waitlist by clicking the button below. There is no cost to be on the waitlist, nor obligation to register for the course if a spot opens.


Register by phone: Pyle Center, 608.262.2451

Register by fax or mail: Print out 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.


Tina Marie Maes is the Lead Cataloging Librarian at Madison Public Library in Madison, WI, and oversees the processing for ~80k items added by MPL/year as well as overseeing ~50k titles cataloged for the 47 LINK libraries in the South Central Library System each year. She has previously worked as a copy cataloger as well as at reference desks, youth services and interned at UW Press. She co-presented a program on Communicating the Value of Cataloging at WLA 2018.