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Cataloging for Newbies

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Over the course of six months, you’ll learn the fundamental concepts and practices of library cataloging and gain a deeper understanding of advanced cataloging concepts. In the first twelve weeks, you’ll learn about basic descriptive and subject cataloging concepts, the creation and management of cataloging processes and workflows, the shared cataloging environment, and trends in bibliographic control that will affect libraries in the near future.

After you have completed the first course, you’ll delve into the second course, where cataloging expert and renowned instructor Dr. Mary Bolin expands on the topics from the first course 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.

Courses included in this bundle are

Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers – 12-week eCourse; begins March 6, 2023

Advanced eCourse: Intermediate Cataloging for Non-Catalogers – 12-week eCourse; begins June 5, 2023

You can purchase these eCourses individually or as a bundle.

This bundle includes two advanced eCourses—a format in which faculty from the SJSU iSchool will help you dig deep into cutting-edge topics during 12-week online courses, equipping you with potentially transformative knowledge and skills, and taking you from introductory through high-level content.

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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