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Online Introduction to Cataloging Course Available

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This message from Virginia Heinrich, MCTC, was just sent out to the Minitex News listserv...

Interested in improving your library cataloging skills? Want to do it in a supportive, course-based learning environment? Want 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, focusing on LC. 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.

Tuition for this fully online course is $561.18; enrollment information for non-degree seeking students is available online.

To register for this course or for more information, please contact instructor Carla Dewey Urban at 612-625-0590. More information about MCTC's Library Information Technology program and awards is online.

Virginia Heinrich
Instructor/Librarian/Library Operations Coordinator
Minneapolis Community and Technical College

For those of you wanting Dewey training, help is at hand!

OCLC is developing online training courses in Dewey classification. As it says on the Website, these training materials are “focused on the needs of experienced librarians who need Dewey application training.” The offerings will eventually include a basic course with 12 sections on the structure and use of the DDC, and a series of short modules based on special topics. The following sections of the Basic Course are already prepared in draft form:

  • Technical Introduction to the DDC (2.5 hours); Exercises for Technical Introduction (1 hour)
  • WebDewey: Basics (1 hour)
  • Introduction to Table 1 (1 hour); Exercises for Table 1 (1 hour)

Currently, there are 7 Short Modules planned, and three are now ready in draft form (one is a repeat of the first section of the Basic Course):

  • Technical Introduction to the DDC* (Refresher) (2.5 hours); Exercises for Technical Introduction (1 hour)
  • Choice of Number Review (.5 hour); Exercises for Choice of Number Review (.5 hour)
  • Number Building: Add Tables (1 hour); Exercises for Number Building: Add Tables (1 hour)

These courses are not easy to find. In fact, as far as I can tell, you can’t get to them without this direct link to the Dewey Training Courses.

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