Check out these two online introduction to cataloging courses (Note the local instructors):
INTRODUCTION TO CATALOGING (Online)
Begins Jan. 12, 2008 (16 week course)
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Description: Interested in brushing up your library cataloging skills? Want to do it in a supportive, course-based learning environment? Want to do it online? Then consider registering for Minneapolis Community and Technical College's INFS 2200 Introduction to Cataloging course.
Taught as part of MCTC's Library Information Technology A.S. degree and certificate programs, this 16-week, 3-credit course introduces cataloging and classification of information resources, including print, audiovisual, and digital formats. You will apply cataloging metadata standards to create original and edit existing MARC records in OCLC.
You will be introduced to Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification schemes. You will use Library of Congress Subject Headings and other controlled vocabularies for subject analysis of resources. You will be introduced to professional and ethical
standards for cataloging, emphasizing user access to information.
Throughout the course, we'll be looking at changes being brought forward by the transition to RDA (Resource Description and Access), as well as exploring other literature related to knowledge management.
Registration: To register for this course, view enrollment information for non-degree seeking students. Students must contact the instructor, Virginia Heinrich, by Jan. 7, 2008 to be registered after applying to the college using the online registration system.
The instructor's contact information is: firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-659-6296
FUNDAMENTALS OF CATALOGING (Online)
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Information Studies
Jan. 12 - Feb. 20, 2009
Registration Fee: $149.00; Current Student Fee $99.00
Description: This course provides an introduction to descriptive cataloging following the 2002 Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed., 2005 updates, and integrates this using the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data (MFBD) and International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD). The course objective is to provide library staff with a fundamental basis in the descriptive cataloging of print monographs. The course will also introduce nonprint and special formats, subject analysis, and classification. The workshop is four weeks long, with two modules each week, one discussion session each week, and quizzes for each module. Students will build a small portfolio of cataloged MARC records, building upon concepts learned each week.
Instructor: Robert L. Bothmann, associate professor, is electronic access/catalog librarian at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) where he serves as the cataloger for electronic and print monographs and journals and provides leadership and technical expertise for defining and providing access to electronic resources.