Bobby 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.
Using and Understanding Library of Congress Classification eCourse
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.
To: January 31, 2021
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Bobby 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.
After participating in this eCourse, you will
- 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
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 January 4, 2021. Your participation will require approximately four to five 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 4-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.
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.
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
- Background Reading
- History of LCC
- Description of its Basic Structures
- LC ClassWeb Basics (Video)
- Basic Cuttering
- Exercise 1: Choosing LC Classification Numbers
- Background Reading
- Week 2
- 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