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Using and Understanding Library of Congress Classification—eCourse
Robert Bothmann
Item Number: 1541-9048
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $175.00
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Synchronous and Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, October 9, 2017 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourse facilitated by Robert Bothmann

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

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basic structure of LCC
  • Know how to assign numbers and shelflist materials using Library of Congress Classification Web (LC ClassWeb) and the LCC print schedules
  • Understand the types of number-building tables in LCC and how to apply them
  • Have experience with specific LCC classes that deal with more complex shelflisting issues

Robert Bothmann’s expert cataloging instructions offer you a comprehensive grounding in Library of Congress Classification (LCC) principles and practice. Starting with the basics, this eCourse will teach you how to assign LCC numbers with correct meaning in hierarchy, build numbers using tables, and apply numbers that help patrons browse your library.

The eCourse includes synchronous and asynchronous small group discussions. Save the date for two live sessions on Friday, October 13 at 3:00pm Eastern and Monday, October 23 at 1:00pm Eastern, each continuing for one hour. The webinars will be archived for those who cannot attend live.

eCourse Outline

  • Week 1
    • Background Reading
      • History of LCC
      • Description of its Basic Structures
      • LC ClassWeb Basics (Video)
    • Basic Cuttering
    • Exercise 1: Choosing LC Classification Numbers
  • Week 2
    • Selflisting
    • LCC Ecosystems
    • Exercise 2: Shelflisting with Single and Double Cutter Numbers
  • Week 3
    • Calculating Classification from Internal Tables
    • Tables in Action
    • Exercise 3: Tables
  •  Week 4
    • Using A and Z Cutters
    • Completing Call Numbers
    • Exercise 4: Mixed Problems

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on Monday, October 9, 2017. 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 Robert Bothmann will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-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 students log into the site on the first day of class 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 Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructor

Robert Bothmann is metadata & emerging technologies librarian at Minnesota State University, Mankato where he holds the rank of professor in Library Services. Bothmann's primary duties include cataloging books and electronic resources, managing large files full of MARC records, and investigating mobile resources and other new technologies. Bothmann has been an active member of OLAC (OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers) since fall 2000 and has served in various leadership roles including treasurer and president. He is a standing member of the editorial board and former Cataloging News editor for Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. He holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee UWM and an MS in Geography and English Technical Communication from MSU Mankato. Bothmann is an adjunct instructor for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches cataloging and classification courses.


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