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Upcoming Minitex RDA Training

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Minitex Bibliographic and Technical Services has scheduled the following webinars on RDA and FRBR/FRAD for August through December of 2011. Further sessions may be added due to demand or by request.

Regrettably, circumstances have forced us to now charge for these cataloging webinars. Compared to other online training courses on RDA and FRBR/FRAD available elsewhere, however, our pricing is very competitive.

FRBR and FRAD: Keys to RDA

FRBR and FRAD, acronyms for the titles of two published studies on the structure and content of library catalogs, promote concepts that underpin the new cataloging code, RDA. Familiarity with these studies—the new perspectives and vocabulary they bring to the table, for instance—will aid the cataloger in understanding RDA. This 2-day, online workshop gives catalogers an overview of FRBR/FRAD, highlighting new terminology and key themes that manifest themselves in RDA cataloging.

  • Summer Series
    • Day 1: Tuesday, August 16, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 2: Thursday, August 18, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Fall Series
    • Day 1: Wednesday, November 16, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 2: Friday, November 18, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Winter Series
    • Day 1: Monday, December 19, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 2: Wednesday, December 21, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)

Register for “FRBR and FRAD: Keys to RDA”

RDA for the Solo/Copy Cataloger

With RDA implementation likely in early 2013, now is a good time for catalogers to become familiar with recognizing, reviewing, and creating records based on the new cataloging standard. Directed to small library catalogers and those copy catalogers with basic experience, this 3-day, online workshop describes the fundamentals of RDA cataloging for most formats. Though emphasis will be placed on bibliographic records, there will also be a brief look at what's new for RDA authority records.

  • Summer Series
    • Day 1: Wednesday, August 24, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 2: Friday, August 26, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 3: Tuesday, August 30, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Fall Series
    • Day 1: Thursday, September 8, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 2: Monday, September 12, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
    • Day 3: Wednesday, September 14, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)

Register for “RDA for the Solo/Copy Cataloger”

RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs

Printed textual materials are the focus of this 4-day, online workshop designed for experienced copy catalogers. We will concentrate on using RDA to review and build MARC bibliographic records and address briefly what the new cataloging code brings to MARC authority records.

  • Day 1: Tuesday, September 27, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 2: Friday, September 30, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 3: Tuesday, October 4, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 4: Monday, October 10, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)

Register for “RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs”

RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Continuing Resources

As with other formats, continuing resource cataloging will see some changes under RDA. This 4-day, online workshop introduces the new cataloging standard to experienced copy catalogers, aiming particular attention to the descriptive parts of the MARC bibliographic record. RDA-MARC authority record changes will also be touched upon.

  • Day 1: Wednesday, October 19, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 2: Monday, October 24, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 3: Thursday, October 27, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 4: Wednesday, November 2, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)

Register for “RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Continuing Resources”

RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Audiovisual Materials

Experienced copy catalogers of audiovisual materials who have an interest in learning more about RDA are welcome to participate in this 4-day, online workshop. This webinar series will focus on the descriptive portions of RDA-MARC bibliographic records, with a brief tour of changes made to MARC authority records.

  • Day 1: Wednesday, November 9, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 2: Monday, November 14, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 3: Thursday, November 17, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 4: Tuesday, November 22, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)

Register for “RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Audiovisual Materials”

RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Music Materials

Music scores and music sound recordings share the spotlight in this 4-day, online workshop introducing RDA to experienced copy catalogers. Attention will be paid to the descriptive parts of MARC bibliographic records; we will also look at what RDA brings to MARC authority records.

  • Day 1: Thursday, December 1, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 2: Tuesday, December 6, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 3: Friday, December 9, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Central)
  • Day 4: Wednesday, December 14, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Central)

Register for “RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Music Materials”

Registration is now open for a series of ALCTS-sponsored webinars on RDA for autumn 2011.

The first webinar examines the report recently issued by the U.S. RDA Test Coordinating Committee--their findings and recommendations on RDA implementation. The remaining sessions introduce viewers to the cataloging of maps, music materials, and legal resources.

Information on registration and fees is available on each of the websites listed above. Register for webinars individually or, for additional savings, all five.

New WebJunction Course: Weeding the Library Collection

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Weeding the Library Collection

"Weeding the Library Collection" is a necessary activity and also, happily, a self-paced course you can take via WebJunction. If you mention collection development a lot of library staff think mostly of the selection of new materials for the library. Weeding - removing library materials from your collection - is an often less considered, yet integral part of collection development. In this course you will first discover why that is true, and then learn the techniques of weeding, develop policies and avoid common pitfalls.

The information is relevant to all types of libraries and addresses the weeding of all types of library materials, including adult and children's collections, as well as print and non-print materials.

This course covers quite a lot, including the reasons for weeding the library collection and how to Identify print and online resources to aid in planning an effective weeding program. Using published weeding guidelines to develop criteria for weeding collections, the Developing of a weeding plan for the library (which includes a schedule, criteria for specific subject areas and material types, and procedures) is also examined. Additionally ways to avoid common pitfalls and problems with weeding such as "unweedable" gifts, "sacred" memorial donations, the "recommended collection size" trap, fear of admitting a selection error, and others are examined along with a discussion of how to incorporate weeding in the library's collection management policy. Finally, the course helps students Identify tools associated with automated library catalogs that can assist in weeding such as inventory reports, collection age reports, and others.

So if you feel the need to weed, this is a course for you.

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FRBR Webinar

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With all the talk lately about RDA, you've likely also heard about FRBR.

FRBR represents a different way of thinking about the sorts of things we catalog and how we express and illustrate relationships between these things. Because it is a highly conceptual approach, it can be hard to wrap your mind around. (Perhaps the Work-Expression-Manifestation-Item model leaves your head spinning?) And RDA represents just one step in the direction of applying FRBR concepts.

So, to get your feet more firmly planted on the foundation that FRBR provides, consider attending the upcoming webinar, sponsored by ALCTS:

FRBR as a Foundation for RDA
Date: December 15, 2010
Time: 1-2 p.m. Central

Description: This webinar will cover the basics of FRBR, including its development and contents. Participants will leave the webinar with an understanding of the entity-relationship model on which FRBR is based, the FRBR entities and relationships, and the FRBR user tasks. The webinar will then address, through an exploration of RDA itself, how FRBR lies at the foundation of RDA's structure, and what implications that might have on future database structures for our catalog descriptions.

Presenter: Robert L. Maxwell, one of the foremost authorities in the cataloging field, is senior librarian and chair of the Special Collections and Formats Catalog Department at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. His most recent book, FRBR : A Guide for the Perplexed, was published in 2008. He has chaired RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee of ACRL and has served on the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) of ALCTS. He is the author of the Highsmith Award-winning Maxwell's Guide to Authority Work and/Maxwell's Guide to AACR2. He holds a MLS from the University of Arizona, JD and MA from Brigham Young University, and PhD in classical languages and literature from the University of Toronto.

To Register, complete the online registration form at for the session you would like to attend.

Registration Fee: NOTE: This is one of four webinars on various aspects of RDA to be presented by ALCTS this fall. Special rates apply.

ALCTS member: $39 each webinar, any 2 webinars for $66 (save $12), all four webinars for $120 (save $36)
Non-member: $49 each webinar, any 2 webinars for $86 (save $12), all four webinars for $160 (save $36)
Group rates: $99 each webinar, any 2 webinars for $178 (save $20), all four webinars for $346 (save $50)

The one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording.
For questions about registration, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior Registration Coordinator at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4293 or

3 Part Online Workshop on Using RDA

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ALA TechSource announced an online three-part workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future. Presenters Karen Coyle, Chris Oliver, and Diane Hillmann will offer a perspective on RDA from the context of metadata models and with an eye toward sharing library data.

Session 1: New Models of Metadata, led by Karen Coyle. October 27, 2010. 1:30 p.m. (Central)

Session 2: RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments, led by Chris Oliver. November 10, 2010. 1:30 p.m (Central)

Session 3: RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web, led by Diane Hillmann. November 17, 2010 1:30 p.m. (Central)

Visit the ALA TechSource Blog for more information about these sessions

Series cost: $135. To purchase access and register go to the ALA Store.

New RDA Webinar for Non-Catalogers!

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RDA for Non-Catalogers: A Gentle Introduction

Implementation of Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new manual of cataloging rules designed to succeed AACR2, has the potential to affect many library activities outside of the cataloging department: from the acquisition of new materials to reference interactions with the catalog user. This brief webinar will introduce participants to RDA, describe how to locate RDA records in OCLC's WorldCat database, and highlight some of the changes the new guidelines may bring to your library catalog.

  • Friday, September 17, 10:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m. (Central)
  • Wednesday, October 13, 10:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m. (Central)
  • Friday, October 22, 2:00 p.m.--3:00 p.m. (Central)
  • Monday, October 25, 10:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m. (Central)
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2:00 p.m.--3:00 p.m. (Central)
  • Friday, October 29, 2:00 p.m.--3:00 p.m. (Central)
  • Thursday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m. (Central)
  • Wednesday, November 10, 10:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m. (Central)

And we still have seats available for these early winter sessions of RDA: What It Is, and What It Means to You.

  • Thursday, November 11, 10:00 a.m.--11:30 a.m. (Central)
  • Thursday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.--11:30 a.m. (Central)

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Minitex Workshop MarcEdit: An Introduction

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MarcEdit: An Introduction

Wednesday, December 8, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Central Time
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Wilson Library, S30C

Have you been longing for an efficient way to manage, edit or analyze large groups of bib records? Come learn about MarcEdit, a freely downloadable metadata software suite available at no cost on the Internet. MarcEdit is designed for large-scale batch record processing, including batch editing MARC records, character set conversions, and record extractions. It also provides users with the ability to perform crosswalks between MARC and other data formats (e.g. Dublin Core). This workshop demonstrates how to edit large batches of records and discusses how your library might use MarcEdit to enhance your workflows.

You are welcome to bring your own laptop if you would like. (UMN will provide Wi-Fi access.) By bringing a laptop you can get the MarcEdit program downloaded, configured, and ready to take back to your library.

The presenter will be Terry Reese the creator of MarcEdit and the Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services at Oregon State University.

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Upcoming OCLC Training for August

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Minitex Bibliographic and Technical Services has scheduled the following webinars on OCLC-specific cataloging topics in August:

This class will show you how to use CatExpress to search for, edit, and export records and how to set or delete holdings in WorldCat. It will also cover options for customizing CatExpress and sources for documentation and statistics.

Thursday, Aug. 5, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Central

Connexion Browser Module 1: WorldCat, MARC, & Browser Basics
This is an introduction to OCLC's WorldCat bibliographic database, to the MARC bibliographic record format, and to the structure and basic navigation of Connexion Browser.

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Central

Connexion Client Module 2: Basic Searching in Connexion Client
This class provides instruction on performing basic bibliographic searches with Connexion Client. Participants will learn how to search WorldCat for one record at a time and to evaluate whether a record matches the item to be cataloged.

Thursday, Aug. 12, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central

Connexion Client Modules 3 & 4: Basic Editing, Record Processing, and Save File Maintenance
This course demonstrates how to use Connexion Client to process MARC records one at a time--including editing, update holdings, exporting, and creating labels. It also covers online and local save files.

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Central

Introduction to Using OCLC Cataloging Statistics
Have you ever wondered how many original records your library added to WorldCat, or how many records your cataloging staff enriched in the past year? You can find out how to locate these types of statistics and others from the OCLC Product Code Detail Usage Report and from the OCLC Usage Statistics Web site. This webinar will focus on how to access and interpret your cataloging related OCLC statistics.

Monday, Aug. 16, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Central

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March Minitex/OCLC Mailing Available

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The March 2010 Minitex/OCLC Mailing is now available on our website:

The issue includes:

  • Find Us on Twitter!
  • Spring Savings on OCLC Language Sets
  • New BATS Webinars
  • Search OAIster Records
  • RDA, Why New Cataloging Rules?
  • Classification Revision: The Iraq War
  • MULS Blog Consolidated
  • MULS Spring Webinars
  • OCLC Policies Directory Changes
  • ALCTS Metadata Webinar
  • CONTENTdm 5.3
  • CONTENTdm Featured Collections

Print copies should arrive next week in the mail if you are on our Mailing list.

Integrating Resources Cataloging Workshop

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Four-week Web-based online workshop

Dates: April 5-30, 2010

Fee: $299.00

Instructor: Steven Miller

General Description: This four-week online workshop is designed for practicing catalogers from all types of libraries as well as students who have a working knowledge of the MARC 21 bibliographic format and AACR2. The course provides guidance on cataloging integrating resources of all types, with an emphasis on remote access electronic integrating resources such as updating Web sites and online databases. The workshop covers AACR2 cataloging rules from chapters 9 and 12 and MARC coding. The sessions include an introduction to integrating resources and their identification, instructions for original cataloging of Web sites and databases, making changes to existing records, and case studies covering more difficult aspects of cataloging electronic integrating resources.

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