Cataloging & Classification Basics (Amigos)

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Course Overview

Need a "boot camp" to get started with cataloging? This course is designed to give you the practical, hands on information needed to succeed in cataloging. It incorporates both the popular Book MARC and Copy Cataloging courses - plus more!

We will cover MARC bibliographic, classification and categorization schemas, basic copy cataloging, and other areas essential to the cataloging department. It offers an in-depth look at MARC fields (fixed and variable) and subfields used for cataloging. This class prepares participants to begin copy cataloging by demonstrating how to interpret bibliographic records and match to items in hand. Topics include terminology, resources, and workflow. Hands-on exercises (at least one per day) provide practice using new skills. Examples and exercises will be based on OCLC-MARC, accessed through the Connexion cataloging interface.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the function of Integrated Library Systems (ILS)
  • Discover basic tools, both print and online, for cataloging
  • Interpret Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Call numbers to enable shelf discovery
  • Recognize a MARC Bibliographic record
  • Distinguish the most MARC Bibliographic popular tags and fields
  • Apply correct MARC code to a monograph bibliographic record
  • Define copy cataloging including basic cataloging principles & terminology
  • Evaluate what fields should evoke a match


New technical services staff or those desiring a refresher. Paraprofessional staff earning the ALA Library Support Staff certification.


Must be comfortable using the internet.

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Amigos Member Early Bird Fee: $420.00
Amigos Member Fee: $445.00
Non-member Early Bird Fee: $450.00
Non-member Fee: $475.00
Early Bird Deadline - May 16

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Course Length

12.0 Hours (6 days / 2-hour sessions per day)

Course Format

Live Online


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