Quick and Clean Cataloging Part 1 - Creating High-Quality, Accurate MARC Descriptive Fields

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The first of three parts, which can all be taken separately as well. Bibliographic records are plentiful, and it is generally possible to locate or acquire catalog records that match the library’s resources. There are still times, however, when a record must be adapted or created. The session demonstrates using OCLC to create bibliographic records for print resources and other formats. Cataloging is detail-oriented and must adhere to accepted standards so that information can be shared and used by other libraries. That does not mean that it cannot be done quickly.

Participants in Part 1 will learn to create accurate records using RDA and MARC.

Emphasis throughout this series of classes will be on efficient ways to quickly create descriptive fields that are correct and helpful to users. Techniques include adapting information from existing records, using OCLC help and validation functions, use of web resources such as Library of Congress (LC) and OCLC documentation, and the creation of cheat sheets and other tools.

This class is a part of a series of three sessions on quick and clean cataloging. The sessions complement each other, but participants can also choose to register for only part of the series based on their experience and the session descriptions. Participants much register for each session individually.

At the end of this session, participants will:

Use these techniques presented to quickly and efficiently create correct and accurate RDA descriptions in MARC format, and will know how to find answers to cataloging questions and problems.


Mary K. Bolin, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the Libraries of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and Lecturer in the School of Information, San José State University. She has 40 years of experience as a catalog and metadata librarian and chair of technical services, and has taught cataloging and metadata since 2008.

Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Academic library: 2 year; Special Library; Public Library
Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.