Copy Cataloging Basics with Robin Fay

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Date(s) - 07/18/2022
2:00 pm CDT - 4:00 pm CDT

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This introductory workshop will introduce the basic principles of copy cataloging through the lens of practical tips and guidance! We’ll start at the beginning — what copy cataloging is and how it happens, where information in a record comes from, what MARC is and how it works, the relationship between the subject heading and the call number, critical MARC fields (and what you should expect to see in those fields!), gotchas with MARC fields, and finally, tools for evaluating records, including cheatsheets and guidance for evaluating records.

For those new to cataloging or technical services work – don’t worry if you do not know MARC! We’ll go through it from its most basic level to what fields are important for copy cataloging.

For staff more experienced in copy cataloging, you’ll likely pick up some tips & tricks as well as some quick cheatsheets you can use! 

Resources: Slides, a self-scoring knowledge check, exercises for further practice, and a whole folder of curated resources from Robin with cheatsheets & more! 

Audience: All audiences who do or are interested in copy cataloging or technical services work, metadata work, or archives, or systems staff; public services staff wishing to understand more about the data they see in the ILS may be interested, too! 

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Robin Fay is an Instructor and Metadata Librarian who has worked with academic, public, and community college libraries, multistate consortia, and nonprofit organizations including Orbis Cascade Alliance, the Digital Public Library of America, the University System of Georgia, and, among others. Her interests are in immersive technologies and the intersection of machine learning, data, and us! Feel free to connect with Robin at LinkedIn or elsewhere.

For FY2021-22, 70% of the total costs for the PLAN Continuing Education program ($220,000) is supported by federal money, and 30% of this program ($92,991) is supported by state money. The total budget of the project is $312,991.