SEP 22

RDA Original Cataloging for Bemidji (Minitex)

Minitex presents this two-day, in-person workshop on deciphering RDA's approach to original cataloging.

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Course Overview

Minitex presents this two-day, in-person workshop on deciphering RDA's approach to original cataloging. Training will focus on practical RDA cataloging matters, with further comments on its structure (where do I find the rule?) and its connections to AACR2 (what's changed? what hasn't?), FRBR (what's WEMI got to do with it?), and the future. To these ends, we will revisit FRBR, then step our way through the RDA text to build bibliographic records and access points for a variety of monographic materials. We will also delve into RDA's depictions of relationships and the roles these play in our cataloging. Hands-on exercises round out the training.

Attendees are required to complete readings—many from RDA itself—prior to the workshop. These will be assigned approximately four weeks before the training date, so please register early.

This workshop takes place at the A.C. Clark Library, located on the Bemidji State University campus in Bemidji, Minnesota. Attendees will have access to laptop computers.

Training certificates will be issued to those who attend this event.


Room L327 (Library Classroom), A.C. Clark Library, Bemidji State University


This training session extends over two full days. Please note that Day 2 begins a half-hour earlier than Day 1. More workshops for 2014 and 2015 will be scheduled for locations in the Twin Cities area, in greater Minnesota, and in the Dakotas.

Fall 2014
- Day 1: September 22 (Monday), 9:00 AM–4:30 PM (Central)
- Day 2: September 23 (Tuesday), 8:30 AM–4:00 PM (Central)

Registration deadline: September 16, 2014 (Tuesday)

Low enrollment will result in the rescheduling or cancellation of the workshop.


Original catalogers who are familiar with AACR2 and learning RDA; preference for those with experience cataloging monographs in various common formats (e.g., print, video, audio). Serials and integrating resources will only be covered briefly.



1. Introductory workshops and/or webinars on RDA copy cataloging (e.g., the Minitex RDA Cataloging Basics webinars).
2. Some familiarity with the RDA text (either through the RDA Toolkit or via RDA Print) and the LC-PCC Policy Statements.
3. Some knowledge of FRBR; additional knowledge of FRAD is optional.
4. Familiarity with AACR2 practices for description and headings.
5. Familiarity with the MARC21 format for bibliographic records; some familiarity with the MARC21 format for authority records is preferred but optional.


Start Date

22 September 2014

End Date

23 September 2014



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Course Length

Two full days

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Subject Area

Cataloging and Metadata

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