Introduction to Cataloging

Instructor: Melissa Adler
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Price: $175

Are you a librarian who has suddenly been given the responsibility of cataloging for your library, but you know little to nothing about how to do it? Or do you feel that a quick course on cataloging will simply make you a better librarian? Or perhaps it has been a long time since you did cataloging work and you need a refresher. This four-week course will introduce the tools and techniques of the trade, including descriptive cataloging (RDA), subject cataloging (classification and subject headings), and an introduction to Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC). The course promises to provide practical, hands-on training for non-catalogers, including sample workflows, an introduction to copy cataloging, and guides to make the job of cataloging easier.

We will rely heavily on freely available resources so that you learn to use tools that you will be able to access after the course. Each week will include an introduction to the week's content, a few readings, and an exercise or quiz. We will also have discussion forums for each week, and participation is considered essential. Expect to spend about 3.5 hours on coursework each week.

Melissa Adler is Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science, where she teaches courses in Information Organization and other areas of librarianship. She holds a PhD in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison and has seven years of academic library experience, primarily in the realm of cataloging.


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