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Basic Cataloging with RDA with Bobby Bothmann

February 15 @ 10:00 am CST 11:00 am CST

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This session covers all of the core, standard, and common attributes for the IFLA-LRM entities of Work, Expression, and Manifestation following the current RDA: Resource Description and Access. All examples use books and are shown using the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data. The session will also briefly address some anticipated changes under the yet-to-be-implemented “official RDA,” otherwise known as “RDA 3R” or “new RDA.”

This session assumes some basic knowledge of cataloging and the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data. Sessions are geared to both copy and original catalogers at all levels, and they are still accessible for those who are just starting to learn. Access to the RDA Toolkit and ClassWeb tools are not required. Public and academic library staff members will be interested in these workshops because they will be able to identify the attributes necessary for quality MARC records supplied by vendors and understand some of the new and changed vocabularies that support linked data. Special library staff will be interested in these workshops because they will be able to distinguish between core attributes and special attributes that serve their users. School media specialists will be interested in these workshops because they will be able to identify the core/minimal attributes necessary in the MARC records.

Learning Outcomes: Participates will be able to apply common RDA instructions for standard book cataloging, identify attributes for Manifestations and Expressions, and to describe basic changes related to RDA 3R.

Bobby Bothmann is a professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato where he serves as the catalog and metadata librarian. Bobby catalogs analog and digital resources of all kinds, including books, serials, moving images, objects, cartographic resources, musical and spoken word audio recordings, and music in between many meetings. He is a member of the editorial board for Cataloging & Classification Quarterly and an active member of OLAC (OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers) where he has served in various leadership roles including treasurer, president, and the current archivist. He holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and an MS in Geography and English Technical Communication from MSU Mankato. Bobby moonlights as an adjunct instructor for the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he teaches cataloging and classification courses and tries to covert one student per semester to the cataloging side of the Force.


This project was funded either under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Library Cooperative Grant program. Florida’s LSTA and LCG programs are administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. For FY2023, 71% of the total costs for the PLAN Continuing Education program ($218,429) is supported by federal money, and 29% of this program ($90,351) is supported by state money. The total budget of the project is $308,780.