Cataloging for Newbies eCourse Bundle

Cataloging for Newbies eCourse Bundle

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourses 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:  July 18, 2021
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
Two 12-week courses
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
144 Hours
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Over the course of six months, you’ll learn the fundamental concepts and practices of library cataloging and gain a deeper understanding of advanced cataloging concepts. In the first twelve weeks, you’ll learn about 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.

After you have completed the first course, you’ll delve into the second course, where cataloging expert and renowned instructor Dr. Mary Bolin expands on the topics from the first course 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.

Courses included in this bundle are

  1. Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers – 12-week eCourse; begins February 1, 2021
  2. Advanced eCourse: Intermediate Cataloging for Non-Catalogers – 12-week eCourse; begins April 26, 2021

By participating in these two courses, you’ll earn a Certificate of Professional Development in Cataloging and gain a broad set of skills that will serve you throughout your career.

You can purchase these eCourses individually or as a bundle.

This bundle includes two 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 course bundle, you 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
  • 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

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 Bundle Works
The eCourse bundle 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

Instructor Dr. Mary Bolin will monitor discussion boards regularly during each of the 12-week periods, 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 bundle is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

  • 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

Advanced eCourse: Intermediate Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

  • 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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