Learn to establish access points and interpret content and coding of authority records.

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This workshop will teach participants guidelines for selection of authority records, content and interpretation of authority records, and an explanation of each field, subfield, and data element in the authority record. Goals for this workshop are for participants to be able to establish correct access points for cataloging and to interpret the content and coding of authority records during this process.

Additionally, participants will learn how to create corporate and personal name headings with appropriate cross references, explanatory references, and source data information.

This class will be held online. All registered attendees will receive an email with login information a few days prior to the class date.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Date & Time October 6-7-8, 2020
10am - 12pm Eastern
9am - 11am Central
Instructor Lisa Robinson
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites.
Credits This workshop has been approved for 6 General Library Education Units (LEUs) for Indiana library staff.
Audience ALL
Topic Cataloging

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Terms/Registration Information

It is highly recommended that all registrants register for this workshop at least SEVEN DAYS PRIOR to the workshop date. If you register after that, you must additionally send an email to that you have registered past the deadline. You will receive a general email confirmation immediately upon successfully registering for this workshop. All registered attendees will receive an additional email with login information approximately one week prior to the 1st class date. If you do not receive an invitation to the meeting by noon of the day prior, please email

Venue/Technical Information

Online via Zoom

Vendor MCLS

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Instructor: Lisa Robinson

Lisa Robinson is currently the Head of Metadata Management at Michigan State University, the unit responsible for authority control in the library catalog. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and History from the University of Delaware in 1979, her Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, and her Master of Information and Library Studies in 1998 from the University of Michigan. She has worked for the MSU Libraries since 1999 as a reference librarian, a digital services librarian, and finally as a cataloger and technical services manager. Lisa was Head of the MSU Libraries Cataloging & Metadata Services unit from 2007-2014 and has been professionally active on national and state levels. She is currently the chair-elect of the ALCTS-LITA Authority Control Interest Group of ALA.

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Date(s) and time(s):
October 6-7-8, 2020
10am - 12pm Eastern
9am - 11am Central

Single Registration Pricing
Member Price: $ 99.00
Non-Member Price: $ 199.00

Group Registration Pricing
Member Group Price: $ 249.00
Non-Member Group Price: $ 349.00
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