Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

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From:  February 1, 2021
To:  April 26, 2021
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
12 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
72 Hours
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An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and SJSU iSchool Advanced eCourse

This course teaches the fundamental concepts and practices of library cataloging, including basic descriptive and subject cataloging concepts, the creation and management of cataloging processes and workflows, the shared cataloging environment, and trends in bibliographic control that will affect libraries in the near future. It is aimed at librarians who want to know more about cataloging, including those who may have responsibility for cataloging with little preparation for it. This course approaches cataloging as a public service, and sees catalog librarians as people who have valuable expertise that they use to improve discoverability of library resources and create a better user experience.

Advanced Certificate of Completion

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 in Cataloging and will provide proof of your participation that you can add to your resume.

Advanced eCourses—a 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.

Please note that this eCourse can also be purchased as part of the Cataloging for Newbies eCourse Bundle.

At the end of the course, participants will

  • Understand the basic principles and practices of descriptive and subject cataloging
  • Have a basic understanding of MARC format
  • Know how to acquire MARC records
  • Know how to select and edit a record that matches a resource
  • Understand basic cataloging processes and workflows and how the role they play in the library
  • Understand the current and emerging international environment of cataloging

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 by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on February 1, 2021. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. 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

Dr. Mary Bolin 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 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.

Bulk Orders

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

Unit One: Introduction and Descriptive Cataloging

  • Week 1: Introductions
  • Week 2: Standards and Tools
  • Week 3: Descriptive Cataloging
  • Week 4: Authority Control

Unit Two: Subject Cataloging and Managing the Cataloging Workflow

  • Week 5: Subject Cataloging
  • Week 6: Subject Headings
  • Week 7: Classification
  • Week 8: Managing the Cataloging Workflow

Unit Three: Cataloging is a Public Service

  • Week 9: User-oriented Cataloging
  • Week 10: Cataloging Content vs. Display
  • Week 11: The Future of Cataloging
  • Week 12: Review and Wrap-up

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.

Dr. Mary Bolin

Dr. Mary Bolin is Professor and Catalog and Metadata Librarian at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln Libraries. She also teaches cataloging and metadata for the School of Information at San Jose State University. Dr. Bolin studied cataloging with Dr. Lois Mai Chan at the University of Kentucky. She is one of the founding editors of the peer reviewed LIS e-journal Library Philosophy and Practice.

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