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Cataloging Workshops

This is not your library school cataloging class. These  are custom designed  workshops for your organization. The workshops may be designed for libraries, library systems, or non-library organizations.  Before any workshops are offered, we investigate your needs by talking to your staff.

Below are example outlines. The choice of topics and the amount of time spent on topics is dependent on your needs and the amount of time you want to invest. For example some of the individual topics could take more than one day, if that is your need.

Sample Workshop for para-professionals

I. Introduction to the concept of the bibliographic record
       1. Why do we need to make records?
       2. What makes an item unique?
       3 , What items are essential for the description of an item?

II. Examining the bibliographic item
      1. What is a title page? What information is conveyed to the reader and to the cataloger?
      2. Verso of the title page, CIP
      3. What is an edition?
      4. Physical description an item

III.  What is a bibliographic match?
      1. Names, authors, and authority control
      2. Dates of publication
      3. Titles and subtitles
      4. ISBN
      5. LC-control number
      6. Classification numbers
      7. Physical description (hard cover, paperback, large print)

Sample Workshop for copy, derivative, and original cataloging for professionals

I. Introduction and definition of terms
    1. Searching for records
    2. Linking records
    3. Copy cataloging
    4. Derivative cataloging
    5. Original cataloging

II.  Standards
    1. MARC records
    2. AACR2
    3. Authority control
    4. System standards
    5. Local standards

III.  Sources for bibliographic records
     1. System catalog
     2. Other libraries via the internet
     3. Bibliographic utilities
     4. Vendor supplied records
     5. CIP

IV. Entering data
     1. Transcribing the title page
            A. Title
            B. Author or statement of responsibility
            C. Date and edition statement
            D. Publisher and city of publication
     2. Physical description
           A. Pagination, illustration, size
     3. Notes (index, bibliography, etc.)
     4. Main and added entries
     5. Authority control
     6. Subject entries
     7. Assigning a call number
     8. Local notes such as donor information, providence, unique notes about this copy.
     9. Entering titles in non-Roman characters
Chicago, IL 60645

Daniel D. Stuhlman
Stuhlman Management Consultants
Librarian's Lobby

Last revised November 13, 2001