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Tuesday, June 18 • 9:00am - 4:00pm
Introduction to Rare Materials Cataloging for the Non-Cataloger (ticketed event)

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Sponsored by Maggs Bros. Ltd.

The library catalog is a ubiquitous and essential tool in any special collections library, but how catalog records are created, what information does (and doesn’t) go into them, and the language used to discuss them can be opaque. This can cause confusion, create questions, hinder finding materials, and exacerbate gaps in communication as we all work towards our shared goals of helping patrons (and each other) find and access materials.

The goal of this workshop is to provide an introduction to rare materials cataloging for special collections practitioners who never, or rarely, find themselves creating catalog records. It will provide an overview of the types of information that are included in catalog records and where that information comes from. Participants will learn about common standards used to describe printed materials and about MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloging), the underpinning of many library catalogs. A concluding section will explore the history of cataloging practice and how that affects both contemporary practice and the array of records that practitioners are likely to find in their local catalogs and union catalogs, such as OCLC WorldCat. During hands-on exercises, participants will create bibliographic descriptions for modern and antiquarian materials and learn about the challenges of both original bibliographic description and copy cataloging. Throughout the session participants will be introduced to, in varying depth, AACR2, RDA, DCRM, NAF, LCSH, RBMS Controlled Vocabularies, AAT, MARC, and BIBFRAME, both what they mean and how they are used.

Workshop fee (6/18/2019, 9:00am-4:00pm):  $180


Amy Tims

Cataloging Initiatives Librarian, American Antiquarian Society
Amy Tims is a cataloger at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass., where she works with early American books and pamphlets. She holds a Master in Library Science degree, with a specialization in Rare Books and Manuscript Librarianship, from Indiana University, Bloomington... Read More →

Brenna Bychowski

Catalog/Metadata Librarian, Beinecke Library, Yale University
Brenna Bychowski is a rare book cataloger at the Beinecke Library at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn. She works with a wide variety of printed materials, including books, serials, and an array of ephemera. She previously worked as a cataloger on the North American Imprints Program... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT