The TMQ Cataloging Series.  Series A: Foundations


 

MARC21 IN YOUR LIBRARY:

An Introduction to MARC21 and How It Is Meant To Work in Your Library Automation System

 

Course Description:

This course is a beginner's introduction to MARC21 and how it is meant to work in a library automation system. It explains what the MARC standards are and how those standards tie in with our current cataloging rules (AACR) to help catalogers create data that will function effectively in a library catalog. 

 

Intended audience:

Directors, reference people, acquisitions people, copy catalogers, beginning catalogers, and experienced but untrained catalogers

Anticipated goal:

At the conclusion of this workshop, you should understand the importance of all of the coding in a MARC record, and how that coding affects the proper functioning of your library catalog

Recommended prerequisite:

None; this is the first workshop in the TMQ cataloging training series

Required text:

None; a detailed handout will be provided. A more complete version of the handout is published by ALA under the title: MARC21 for Everyone: A Practical Guide

Presenter:

Deborah Fritz

 

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There are two parts to MARC21 in your Library:

 

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MARC21 in Your Library. Part 1, MARC and Bibliographic Information: The Underlying Fundamentals

This part of the workshop is made up of a series of nine, short, free, webcasts or self-paced modules (available 24/7) and covers the underlying fundamentals of MARC and bibliographic information.

 

Duration: approx. 4.5 hrs (in short, standalone segments)

 

Click here to access the MARC21 in Your Library. Part 1 online modules

 

We will explain:

·         What 'bibliographic information' is, why we need it, and how we know what to provide

·         How bibliographic information relates to MARC records

·         What MARC records are, why we need them, and where we get them

·         How MARC records and bibliographic information relate to library catalogs

·         How to speak MARC

 

Anticipated goal:

At the conclusion of Part 1 of this course, you should understand the importance of MARC and bibliographic information, and be familiar with MARC and cataloging terminology in preparation for Part 2 of the course.

 

***It is very strongly advised that you go through the Part 1 modules before attending Part 2 of this workshop***

 

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MARC21 in Your Library. Part 2, MARC Coding: The Core Codes and Their Functions (1 day)

This part of the workshop may be provided as: a one-day, face-to-face, training session at a host site, with an option for broadcasting via GoToMeeting; or a one-day online training session, using GoToMeeting; or an OCLC webinar split over 3, two-and-a-half-hour sessions.

 

Duration—On-site + Online:

 

Duration—Online only:

1 live session (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) —in person (with, optional, broadcast via GoToMeeting)

 

1 live session (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)—online, using GoToMeeting

OR

3 live sessions (2.5 hrs each) — online, via an OCLC Webinar

Presenter:

D. Fritz

 

Click here to check the Workshop Schedule for MARC21 in your Library. Part 2 (live)

 

We will explain and illustrate correct MARC coding for:

·         Indexed fields (used for searching in a catalog to find a description of a resource)

·         Display fields (used for choosing between resources found in a catalog)

·         Coded fields (used by the catalog to customize searches and displays)

·         Number fields (used for searching in a catalog and for duplicate record detection)

 

We will also provide practice in reading MARC records.

 

Anticipated goal:

At the conclusion of Part 2 of this course, you should be able to read a MARC record, talk MARC, understand how errors in MARC coding affect a library catalog, and correctly answer these and other mysteries of the library catalog:

·         Why can I find this book in the catalog if I search its author but cannot find it when I search its title?

·         Why does the catalog say we only have six books in Spanish, when just looking at the shelves I can see hundreds of them?

·         Why do so many descriptions of videos show up in the catalog with a little book icon instead of a video icon?

 

Attendees should, if possible, bring a printout of a MARC record from their local ILS

 

Note for online attendees: The font size used on some screens in this webinar may not be suitable for viewing using an iPad or small laptop; we recommend that you use as large a monitor as possible, for optimum viewing.

 


 

JUST FOR COPY CATS

 

Copy cataloging is not the same as original cataloging; it requires its own special procedures and guidelines. Libraries are currently in the process of switching from AACR cataloging to RDA cataloging, but a large proportion of the records we copy are still AACR/MARC records. Many of these records will no longer look like AACR records, as they become hybridized by the addition of RDA data and practices, but the underlying cataloging principles for these records will still be AACR.

 

Course Description:

This course outlines the basic principles of copy cataloging in an AACR/MARC record environment. It will introduce you to the art of:

·         finding AACR/MARC records that you can copy

·         ensuring that those records really match your resources

·         fixing the really important things that might need fixing in those records, with an emphasis on MARC coding issues.

 

Intended audience:

Acquisitions people, copy catalogers, beginning catalogers, and experienced but untrained catalogers

Anticipated goal:

At the conclusion of all sections of this workshop, you should be able to find and copy AACR/MARC records that accurately and correctly describe your resources (with an emphasis on books)

STRONGLY recommended prerequisite:

MARC21 in Your Library

 

Required text:

None; handouts will be provided

Presenter:

Deborah Fritz

 

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There are two parts to Just for Copy Cats:

 

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Just for Copy Cats. Part 1, Background Material

This part of the workshop is made up of a series of short, free, webcasts or self-paced modules, available 24/7.

 

Duration: approx. 2 hrs (in short, standalone segments)

 

Click here to access the Just for Copy Cats. Part 1 online modules

 

We will explain:

·         What ‘copy cataloging’ is, why we need it, and how we do it

·         Which bibliographic information in a MARC record is particularly useful for copy catalogers

·         Search strategies to find records to copy

 

Anticipated goal:

At the conclusion of Part 1 of this course, you should understand that copy cataloging is not as simple as it seems, and should know how to read a MARC record in preparation for Part 2 of the course.

 

***It is very strongly advised that you go through the Part One modules before attending Part 2 of this workshop***

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Just for Copy Cats. Part 2, Searching, Matching & Essential Editing for AACR/MARC records

This part of the workshop may be provided as: a two-day, face-to-face, training session at a host site, with an option for broadcasting via GoToMeeting; or a two-day online training session, using GoToMeeting; or an OCLC webinar split over four, three-hour sessions.

 

Total duration: approx. 12 hrs

 

Duration—On-site + Online:

 

Duration—Online only:

2 live sessions (9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day) —in person (with, optional, broadcast via GoToMeeting)

 

2 live sessions (9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day)—online, using GoToMeeting

OR

4 live sessions (3 hrs each) — online, via an OCLC Webinar

Presenter:

Deborah Fritz

 

Click here to check the schedule for Just for Copy Cats. Part 2 (live)

 

We will explain:

·         How to identify potential problems when searching for AACR/MARC records to copy

·         How to match AACR/MARC records to the resources you are cataloging

·         How to deal with difficult dates when matching AACR/MARC records

·         How to do only the most essential editing of the AACR/MARC records that you copy

 

We will also provide practice in these steps.

 

Anticipated goal:

At the conclusion of Part 2 of this course, you should know enough about copy cataloging AACR/MARC records to get started, and should know that it will take a great deal of practice to get good at this task, and that you really need additional in-depth training to do complicated editing.

 

Attendees should, if possible, bring a printout of a MARC record from their local ILS

 

Note for online attendees: The font size used on some screens in this webinar may not be suitable for viewing using an iPad or small laptop; we recommend that you use as large a monitor as possible, for optimum viewing.