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Advanced eCourse: Intermediate Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

An ALA Continuing Education and SJSU iSchool Advanced eCourse

Do you know the basics of cataloging, but are looking to further your skillset and knowledge? In this advanced eCourse, cataloging expert and renowned instructor Dr. Mary Bolin expands on the topics from her introductory course and provides you with a deeper understanding of more advanced cataloging concepts. This course emphasizes cataloging as a part of the library as a whole and focuses on the elements of the cataloging process, including acquiring bibliographic data, working with library databases, and creating effective workflows. You’ll learn how to create MARC records, perform basic database maintenance, be introduced to BIBFRAME, gain insights on future trends in cataloging, and more.

The course is designed to prepare you for increasing responsibilities and skills in cataloging and assumes a basic knowledge and familiarity with cataloging.

Please note that this eCourse can also be purchased as part of the Cataloging for Newbies eCourse Bundle.

By participating in this 12-week advanced eCourse, you will learn:

  • How to create MARC Records
  • How the catalog works with an Integrated Library System
  • The fundamentals of database maintenance
  • How to staff and train catalogers
  • Future trends in cataloging

Course Outline

Week 1. Introduction

Week 2. Review of Descriptive Cataloging

Week 3. Review of Subject Cataloging

Week 4. Creating MARC Records

Week 5. Sources of Catalog Records

Week 6. Integrated Library Systems

Week 7. Database Maintenance

Week 8. Staffing and Training

Week 9. BibFrame

Week 10. Future Trends

Week 11. Non-MARC Metadata

Week 12. Conclusion

Dr. Mary Bolin is Professor and Catalog and Metadata Librarian at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln Libraries. She also teaches cataloging and metadata for the School of Information at San Jose State University. Dr. Bolin studied cataloging with Dr. Lois Mai Chan at the University of Kentucky. She is one of the founding editors of the peer reviewed LIS e-journal Library Philosophy and Practice.

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