Teen-Centered Cataloging Strategies for YA Library Staff

Most library catalogs are developed by and for adults, but research has shown that teens engage more with the library when they play an active role in shaping library policies and services. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to ensure that your catalog works for teens. You’ll start by looking at teens' information searching behaviors and interactions with library catalogers and then move into an overview of how MARC fields are used to catalog resources for teens. You’ll learn about teen-oriented media description (especially 300s) and analytics (500s) as well as teen-friendly subject headings. You’ll leave this webinar with concrete strategies for guiding teens in using the catalog as well as for involving teens in library catalog selection, cataloging, and use.

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain how teens search for information, especially in terms of library catalogs.
  • Evaluate library cataloging/integrated management systems.
  • Optimize MARC 300s and 500s for teens (i.e., description and notes).
  • Optimize MARC 600s subject headings for teens.

Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor at California State University (CSU) Long Beach, coordinates the Teacher Librarianship program and manages the CSU Information and Communications Technology Literacy Project. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, her research interests include school librarianship, digital citizenship, information and media literacy, and data analytics.

This event will be hosted in Zoom. Automatic captions will be enabled for this event. This event will be recorded, and registrants will receive access to the recording within a day after the event ends.

If you have questions or requests regarding accessibility, contact us at ce@ala.org or at 312-280-5100.