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Exploring Original Cataloging Workflows

  • Cataloging
  • Live Learning Event
  • 2 CE Hours


As libraries expand their collections, more are creating original catalog records for the local or unique items they provide for their communities. If you are new to creating original records or could use a hands-on refresher, plan to join us for this live learning event to review and practice a variety of original cataloging workflows. 

Live Learning Event Expectations

Live learning events (LLEs) are designed to mimic the real-time, hands-on engagement of an in-person workshop. 

  • LLEs require real-time attendance; no recordings will be made of these sessions. 
  • LLEs are highly interactive and feature group discussions, breakout sessions, and collaborative exercises. Attendees should have access to a microphone (or headset) and a camera to participate most fully.   
  • LLEs are in-depth training sessions that focus on practical projects and real-world skills. Attendees will be asked to complete brief readings and assignments between workshop meetings. Review the “Notes” section below for additional details or prerequisites for this event. 

Attendees of this live learning event will have the opportunity to: 

  • Review the methods to find and assess a MARC record to copy 
  • Walk through demonstrations of derive functions, as well as template and constant data set creation 
  • Practice searching for, evaluating, and creating records for best use by their communities


Attendees should ideally have access to their usual cataloging tools for this session. 

Attendees should plan to bring 1-2 physical items to use during our record searching exercises. 

If you’re very new to creating original catalog records, we recommend attending the following webinars—or watching the recordings in the Training Archive—before participating in this live learning event: 

Basics of Creating Original Catalog Records
Simplify Your Original Cataloging with Tools 

Who Should Attend

Individuals responsible for editing and maintaining catalog data, especially those who are new to creating original records. Previous cataloging work is strongly recommended.


Tim Keller Head of Discovery and Metadata Services

Tim Keller is the Head of Discovery and Metadata Services at Oberlin College and Conservatory, after spending two years as the Head of Cataloging and Metadata at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Tim earned his MLIS from Kent State University in 2009, and also holds a second MS in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (User Experience Design). In addition to cataloging and making information discoverable, Tim serves as the Subject Headings Working Group Leader under the Cataloging Ethics Steering Committee.