Learning to (copy) Catalog
Are you new to the wonderful world of copy cataloging? Maybe you haven’t thought about cataloging since library school and your new job requires a memory jog?
Well, here are some resources to jumpstart your skills:
- The Northeast Kansas Library System’s Technology Librarian, Heather Braum, provided a very clear and engaging webinar in January 2012 called Beginning Cataloging: First Steps to Becoming a Fantastic Copy Cataloger. She shared the archive here:
http://nekls.libguides.com/copy-cataloging-webinar. It’s about an hour and fifteen minutes long.
- Texas Webjunction has a free, 1 hour, self-paced course called Introduction to Cataloging for Non-Catalogers. You must be a library staff member working in a Texas library in order to access Texas Webjunction’s courses. Visit Texas Webjunction for more information on getting access.
- The Idaho Commission for Libraries also has a free online course as part of their ABLE program called, Technical Services Sequence:
- Introduction to Technical Services and Catalog Records (1.5 contact hours)
- Introduction to Subject Headings (2 contact hours)
- Introduction to Dewey Classification (2 contact hours)
- Introduction to MARC Cataloging (1 contact hour)
- Our Library Science Collection has a great book for beginning copy catalogers called Crash Course in Cataloging for Non-Catalogers. It’s touted as a “casual conversation about organizing information”. Texas library staff can borrow it for free by contacting Christina Manz or calling her toll-free at 1-800-252-9386.
- School Library Journal has a link to six tools to simplify cataloging, the first one being the Libcat.org Amazon to MARC converter. Don’t forget the IMDB to MARC converter as well!
Need a little more than copy cataloging? ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) has some free webinar archives, including a lot on RDA that might interest more seasoned staff. Their archive includes one of my all-time favorite webinar titles called, Cataloging Icky Things (DVD’s, Playaways, etc.), here. There’s even a sequel called Cataloging More Icky Things! Love it.