What is TMQ Cataloging Training?


We have been teaching cataloging workshops as "The MARC of Quality ®" (aka TMQ) since 1992, constantly updating and improving them and striving to make them as practical as possible.


In 2012, we re-designed our workshops series to tide us over the chaotic transition period that is inevitable when a community switches from following one set of rules (AACR) to a new set of instructions (RDA)


Please take note of any recommended pre-requisites for these workshops and try to take the workshops in their recommended order.


Series A:   Foundations


MARC21 in Your Library (1 Day)

Just for CopyCats (2 Days)


Series B:    AACR & MARC


Book Blitz I (4 Days)

Book Blitz II (2 Days)

Book Blitz III (2 Days)


Series C:    RDA


Rudimentary RDA (1 Day)

RDA/MARC for CopyCats (1 Day)


Series D:   Classification & Subjects


Dewey Daze I (2 Days)

Dewey Daze II (1 Day)


Learning LC Classification (2 Days)


LCSH for Beginners I (2 Days)

LCSH for Beginners II (1 Day)


It is highly advisable that you attend “MARC21 in Your Library” before coming to “Just for Copy Cats”. It would also be a very good idea for you to attend “Just for CopyCats” before "RDA/MARC for CopyCats", unless you are already very well versed in cataloging principles in general, and, more specifically: copy cataloging procedures.


Why should you take TMQ Cataloging Training?


Good cataloging doesn't just happen.

Our current library automation systems rely on 'good' MARC records in order to function as well as they can, and it takes special skills to copy or make MARC records that will work well in each and every MARC-based library automation system out there.


Our foundational workshops (from Series A) start you off with an understanding of how library automation systems should be using the records that catalogers provide. They also introduce you to the concepts and skills needed to copy records from other sources instead of making them on your own. 


The AACR & MARC workshops (from Series B) move you deeper into cataloging and introduce you to the core skills of good cataloging, according to the currently official rules, and MARC. Once you learn these skills and how to find your way around the following basic cataloging tools--the Anglo American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2R), Library of Congress Rule  Interpretations (LCRI) and the MARC coding standards (MARC21)--you will be able to apply them to edit or create the bibliographic descriptions and access points for all of the various types of materials that we collect in our libraries, quickly and efficiently.


The RDA workshops (from Series C) are designed to prepare you for the future, and give you the confidence to deal with both AACR/MARC records and RDA/MARC records.


However, neither the AACR & MARC nor the RDA Cataloging Workshops cover subject headings or classification; for these  skills you need to go deeper still into Series D.


Our workshops are fast-paced and practical.

They are built around problems that you face daily--they do not get into the rules and codes that you will seldom use.


You'll learn to make records that others will want to copy.

But our courses do more than just show you how to make better MARC records. They take you beyond 'how', and into 'why'.


Our goal for you

Our goal is that you'll take away a new appreciation of the need for good MARC records.


    We aim to give you a working knowledge of what goes into good cataloging, and show you what it takes to produce professional level records.


    You'll learn how to create records that follow the rules, transmit the right information, and provide the best access for your patrons.


    Beyond that, you'll find these workshops are fun, fast-moving and packed full of examples. Hundreds of people have benefited from these workshops, people who are often expected to be solely responsible for all of the cataloging in their libraries, but who sometimes don't have a clue if they're doing it 'right'. Our trainers have all been in the trenches themselves, cataloging &/or working closely with library automation systems. They know and love libraries, MARC and cataloging, and they show it in their teaching.


So sign up, show up, and watch your records take on a much more professional look in no time at all.


Who should take TMQ Cataloging Training?

Anyone who is doing any form of cataloging in today’s automated environment should take these workshops.


If you only add item information (holdings) to records that are already in your library’s database, you should at least attend the two workshops from Series A to learn how to read and understand MARC records and how to be sure that you are finding the right records for your items.


If you do copy cataloging to bring records into your database from outside sources, you should attend the Series A workshops and the new RDA/MARC for CopyCats workshop for a good foundation on searching, matching and editing records that you find. Given the every increasing numbers of cataloging records that are available from more and more sources, it should be obvious by now that copy cataloging is not as simple as it first appears. We take copy cataloging seriously, and address it as a whole other branch of cataloging.


If you do any sort of original cataloging, even if you have been doing it for many years, you could attend Series A to see whether there are any small but important details you have been missing. We promise to make it interesting even if you already know about most of the material. What you really need, though, are the workshops from Series B, C, and D. These workshops will give you a solid understanding of how the cataloging rules (current and future), subject heading lists, classification schemes and MARC coding all fit together to make workable records for your current library automated system.


How can you get TMQ Cataloging Training?

Read the Cataloging series summary to find out more about our workshops; go to the full descriptions for any workshop that particularly interests you. You will find the dates and locations that are currently scheduled for each workshop after their full descriptions.


You can also check our schedules by Date,  by Workshop Title, and by Hosting Institution.  For registration and pricing information for a workshop, you must contact the appropriate hosting institution. 


If none of the scheduled locations work for you, and you have sufficient people interested in a topic, you can arrange for TMQ to come to your own location; visit our Onsite Training page for information. We also offer Online Training too.