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Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers
Sylvia Hall-Ellis
Item Number: 1541-9045
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $1,000.00
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12-week Asynchronous Advanced eCourse beginning June 1, 2015
An ALA Editions/SJSU iSchool Advanced eCourse facilitated by Dr. Sylvia Hall-Ellis

Estimated Hours of Learning: 72
Full participants earn the SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion.

New to cataloging? The ability to catalog proficiently can be a valuable skill for every librarian, but proper training is essential. Introducing the Cataloging for Non-Catalogers Advanced eCourse, a fully online course designed for individuals who have never cataloged before.

In this advanced eCourse, Dr. Sylvia Hall-Ellis, an expert cataloger and instructor at the SJSU iSchool, will take you from beginner to advanced cataloger in 12 short weeks. The eCourse will incorporate the latest trends and techniques, including Resource Description and Access: RDA.

Starting with the fundamentals, you will learn about different cataloging schemes, different types of records, and different tools. Building upon the basics, you will then develop an understanding of how to catalog different types and formats of library materials. To show off your newly acquired cataloging skills, you will wrap up the course with several weeks of hands-on exercises building records for materials under Hall-Ellis’ guidance.

This advanced eCourse is ideal for individuals who have had cataloging added to their job responsibilities, for those who want to broaden their professional skill set, and for institutions and organizations that need more non-expert staff proficient at hands-on cataloging. Get the training you need to start cataloging. Enroll today!

Learning outcomes

Through your participation in this course, you will:

  • Learn the core concepts and terms that govern the field of cataloging with an emphasis on working in an online environment
  • Learn how bibliographic description works, including the basics of different cataloging standards and different bibliographic formats
  • Gain a thorough understanding of how authority control and subject access work
  • Learn how to use the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme and the Library of Congress Classification Scheme
  • Learn how to catalog materials in a variety of formats and subject areas

Participants who complete this advanced eCourse will receive a SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion. This certificate will affirm your status as having completed all the steps of an advanced eCourse on Cataloging for Non-Catalogers and will provide proof of your participation that you can add to your resume.

Advanced eCourses—a new format in which faculty from the SJSU iSchool will help you dig deep into cutting-edge topics during 12-week online courses, equipping you with potentially transformative knowledge and skills, and taking you from introductory through high-level content.

eCourse Outline

  • Part 1: Introduction to Cataloging
    • Week 1: Introduction to Cataloging
    • Week 2: Cataloging in the Online Environment
  • Part 2: Bibliographic Description
    • Week 3: Bibliographic Description and Access
    • Week 4: MARC 21 Bibliographic Formats
    • Week 5: Authority Control
    • Week 6: Subject Access
  • Part 3: Introduction to Classification
    • Week 7: Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme
    • Week 8: Library of Congress Classification Scheme
  • Part 4: Cataloging Monographs
    • Week 9: Cataloging Monographs: Putting It All Together
    • Week 10: Hands-On Exercises for Cataloging Fiction Materials
    • Week 11: Hands-On Exercises for Cataloging Non-Fiction Materials
    • Week 12: Hands-On Exercises for Cataloging Audiovisual Materials
      • Optional Hands-On Exercises for Cataloging Juvenile Materials

Within the week-by-week format, you will be able to work at your own pace and interact with the instructor through emails and message boards without the constraints of attending a live session at a specific time.

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on June 1, 2015. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:
  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructor Sylvia Hall-Ellis will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 12-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that participants log into the site on June 1 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructor

Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis is associate professor in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver and an adjunct faculty member for the SJSU iSchool. She received her PhD in Library and Information Science from University of Pittsburgh and her MLS at University of North Texas. She has served as chair of the ALCTS Committee on the Recruitment, Training, and Education of Catalogers (2006-07) and is currently serving as a member of the ALA Committee for Research and Statistics. She served as fundraising chair for REFORMA. She has authored technical reports, three monographs, and many articles focused on research interests, including competencies for catalog and technical services librarians, library and information science education, RDA, and services to diverse populations.

Please note: Your purchase at the ALA Store is only Step 1 of a 2-Step Registration process!

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing and more information on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us.


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