Advanced eCourse: Intermediate Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

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$ 450.00
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From:  July 9, 2018
To:  September 30, 2018
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

Do you know the basics of cataloging, but are looking to further your skillset and knowledge? In this new advanced eCourse, cataloging expert and renowned instructor Dr. Mary Bolin expands on the topics from her introductory course and provides you with a deeper understanding of more advanced cataloging concepts. This course emphasizes cataloging as a part of the library as a whole and focuses on the elements of the cataloging process, including acquiring bibliographic data, working with library databases, and creating effective workflows. You’ll learn how to create MARC records, perform basic database maintenance, be introduced to BIBFRAME, gain insights on future trends in cataloging, and more.

The course is designed to prepare you for increasing responsibilities and skills in cataloging and assumes a basic knowledge and familiarity with cataloging.

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 Intermediate Cataloging for Non-Catalogers 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.

By participating in this 12-week advanced eCourse, you will learn:

  • How to create MARC Records
  • How the catalog works with an Integrated Library System
  • The fundamentals of database maintenance
  • How to staff and train catalogers
  • Future trends in cataloging

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on July 9, 2018. 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

Instructor 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.

Week 1. Introduction

Week 2. Review of Descriptive Cataloging

Week 3. Review of Subject Cataloging

Week 4. Creating MARC Records

Week 5. Sources of Catalog Records

Week 6. Integrated Library Systems

Week 7. Database Maintenance

Week 8. Staffing and Training

Week 9. BibFrame

Week 10. Future Trends

Week 11. Non-MARC Metadata

Week 12. Conclusion

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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