Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

Instructor: Scott Piepenburg
Dates: Not currently offered
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Price: $175

This class will look at the fundamentals of what library cataloging is, some of the basic principles, and why it is fundamental to information access and retrieval in library information systems. The goal is not to teach cataloging mechanics, but to look at different data structures, information organization, authority control, and how non-print materials are handled. The class is intended for non-catalogers who wish to gain a better understanding of cataloging in order to help them in their non-cataloging roles in the library.

At the completion of this class, the attendee will:

- Understand what what catalogers do and how their work correlates to other activities in the library.
- Be able to distinguish between “Cataloging” and “Information management.”
- Identify the different types of information selection tools and information organization scheme(s).
- Recognize the important of data integrity and what role entropy plays in library catalog information.
- Understand how cataloging information is stored and manipulated in an electronic environment.

Scott Piepenburg is Head of Cataloging at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. He previously served as District Cataloger/System Administrator for the Dallas Independent School District, and was instrumental in bringing up the initial DALLINK project, the first large-urban union catalog in the United States. He has also worked has worked at such vendors as EBSCO, Infotrieve, and Follett Software as a developer of their products. Scott is the author of the popular Easy MARC series. He has lectured around the United States on the topics of cataloging in general and authority control in particular. He is currently working on a transition guide from AACR2 to RDA. Interview with Scott Piepenburg


Contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount.