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Basics of Original Cataloging (Session 1)

  • Cataloging
  • Webinar
  • 2 CE Hours


This series introduces attendees to the key skills and workflows needed to create original records in MARC 21 format. These webinars are designed for individuals who have prior training or experience with copy cataloging practices. Attendees are strongly encouraged to have access to their preferred cataloging software during these presentations.

Attendees of these sessions will have the opportunity to…

  • Review key terms and resources to support original cataloging
  • Explore tools and tactics to streamline original cataloging workflows
  • Practice searching for and modifying records to examine possible workflows
  • Individuals are encouraged to have access to their cataloging software while taking this course, if possible.
  • Individuals are encouraged to have access to materials they are working to catalog and have questions about.


Session description:

The first session in our newest Fundamentals of Cataloging series will provide an overview of the skills and knowledge needed to create MARC records from scratch.

Attendees will explore the vocabulary of original cataloging, the levels and types of cataloging possible, and the basic reference sites that can support their individual cataloging needs.

Attendees of this session will have the opportunity to…

  • Learn how to efficiently assess the quality of records
  • Understand the benefits of different levels of cataloging – core, full, and enhanced
  • Discover key reference sites

Who Should Attend

Individuals responsible for editing and maintaining catalog records or anyone with an interest in the topic. Previous cataloging work is strongly recommended.


Sarah Schaff Denison University Library

Sarah Schaff has had the good fortune to work for a handful of Ohio libraries since 2003 – and still loves her work. With a background in philosophy and library science, Sarah currently serves as the Discovery Librarian at Denison, a small liberal arts college east of Columbus. In her 8 to 5 life, Sarah takes care of the invisible systems and online resources that keep the library humming.