LIS-S 504 Cataloging
- Prerequisites: LIS-S 500, LIS-S503, LIS-S 507
- Delivery: Online
- Semesters offered: Fall (Check the schedule to confirm.)
This course will introduce the student to the practice of cataloging in any type of library. Students will learn how to create a bibliographic record and to edit and enhance existing records, primarily for print monographs. The course covers the basic functions of cataloging: resource descriptive, MARC tagging, subject analysis, authority work, and classification. Students begin by learning the International Cataloging Principles and LRM (Library Reference Model), which is what RDA is based on. RDA or Resource Description and Access is the international cataloging code that we follow to describe resources. Students will have extensive practice on recording and transcribing core RDA elements, and how they relate to LRM’s user tasks. Then students will learn how those elements are encoded into MARC. Once we have the basics of resource description covered, we add the art of subject analysis and creating access points. Finally, students will learn about classification through the two most common schemes, DDC (Dewey Decimal System) and LCC (Library of Congress Classification). There will be a brief introduction to BIBFRAME, which utilizes Linked Data structure in bibliographic statements. Throughout the course, the student will learn the importance of developing good cataloger’s judgement in bibliographic control.
Program Learning Goals Supported
Instructors map their courses to specific LIS Program Goals. Mapped program goals drive the design of each course and what students can expect to generally learn.
- Facilitate Engagement in the Information Ecosystem
- Organize and Represent Information
Instructors develop learning outcomes for their courses. Students can expect to be able to achieve the learning outcomes for a given course after successfully completing the course.
- Identify current cataloging standards for bibliographic control, authority, and classification
- Apply descriptive standards to print monographs for transcription and recording RDA elements for bibliographic records
- Apply encoding standards to bibliographic surrogates to ensure retrieval in an Integrated Library System
- Analyze print monographs for subject content to apply appropriate Library of Congress Subject/Name/Geographic Headings, along with DDC and LCC classifications
- Create original MARC 21 cataloging records for print monographs that include core and other standard elements according to RDA standards
- Develop a knowledge base and skill set to extend to the cataloging of materials not covered in this course or featuring elements requiring further bibliographic analysis
Instruction is in Canvas. Lessons are organized into Modules whose length may vary.
Module 1: Introduction to Cataloging Standards
- Understanding ethics in cataloging.
- Introduction to the International Cataloging Principles (ICP), Library Reference Model (LRM), including user tasks and WEMI entities.
Module 2: RDA and the RDA Toolkit
- An in-depth examination of RDA and navigating the RDA Toolkit.
Module 3: Title and Title Statement
- The RDA element of Title, including title proper, preferred title, parallel title proper, variant title, other title information.
- How to construct a Title Statement using ISBD punctuation.
Module 4: Edition and Publication Elements
- The RDA elements of designation of edition, statement of responsibility relation to edition, designation of named revision of edition, and publication elements of place, publisher and date, as well as copyright date.
Module 5: MARC Part 1
- Introduction to MARC encoding of bibliographic elements.
- MARC fields, indicators and subfields for title, edition, and publication elements.
Module 6: MARC Part 2
- ISBN, physical description attributes, series statements.
- Content, carrier, and media types.
Module 7: MARC Part 3
- MARC note fields, and a review of content covered so far.
Module 8: Authorized Access Points
- Searching authority files and encoding authorized headings into access points.
- Differentiating between creators and contributors.
- Applying relationship designators/relator terms.
Module 9: Fixed Fields
- Understanding the 008 field and how it is related to the mnemonic labeled fixed field grid.
- Understanding when 006 fields are used.
Module 10: Working with an ILS
- Searching for bibliographic records in OCLC Connexion, exporting to an ILS.
- Creating an original record in an ILS.
Module 11: Subject Analysis
- Determining the subject of a resource.
- Searching subject authorities and apply terms to fields in MARC records.
- Understanding “use for”, “see also”, “related”, “narrower”, and “broader” terms.
- Using Classification Web for subject headings.
Module 12: Classification
- Understanding classification decisions.
- Understanding DDC and LCC. Using WebDewey.
- Using Classification Web for classification.
- Cuttering and call numbers.
- Creating an item in Koha and assigning call numbers.
Module 13: WEMI Relationships and Linking Entry Fields.
- Recording relationships between works, expressions, manifestations and items.
- Applying relationship designators between entities.
- Constructing 76X-78X MARC fields.
Module 14: Linked Data and BIBFRAME
- Exploring BIBFRAME, the possible replacement for MARC.
- Practicing on some of the available tools for MARC to BIBFRAME comparison and BIBFRAME editors.
Module 15: Final Project
- Creating original records and copy cataloging
Policies and Procedures
Please be aware of the following linked policies and procedures. Note that in individual courses instructors will have stipulations specific to their course.