Cataloging Local Government Documents

Cataloging Local Government Documents

Learn best practices for cataloging print local government documents with RDA.

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This session will review best practices for cataloging print local government documents with RDA. Focusing on monographs, it will cover best practices for descriptive cataloging, access points, and subjects. Many types of local government agencies will be used as examples, including city and county governments, subagencies, committees, and commissions. The course will include examples of local government authors and contributors, issuing and sponsoring bodies, which is a challenging area of cataloging! Attendees will learn how to record funding information and contract and/or accession numbers, especially for titles sponsored jointly by local governments and other governments or associations. Catalogers are often faced with a high percentage of original cataloging with local government documents collections. This session also offers accompanying exercises to strengthen learning.

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 August 28, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm Eastern
9:00am - 11:00am Central
Instructor Andrea Morrison
Prerequisites MARC: an introduction OR good working knowledge of MARC
Credits This workshop has been approved for 2 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: Andrea M. Morrison

Andrea M. Morrison has worked as a library staff and librarian and as an original monographic cataloger at Indiana University, Bloomington. In 2013, she accepted the position of Head, Monographic Text Cataloging. Andrea participates in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging programs: Monographic Bibliographic Record Program (BIBCO); Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO); and Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO). Andrea is also an adjunct professor at Indiana University, Department of Information and Library Science, School of Informatics and Computing, and an adjunct lecturer for University of Washington, Information School. She regularly leads cataloging workshops for Indiana Library Federation and the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians, and we are thrilled to welcome her as an instructor for MCLS. She has served for many years on ALA and ALA Government Documents Round Table cataloging committees, currently serving on Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA).

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Date(s) and time(s):
August 28, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm Eastern
9:00am - 11:00am Central

Single Registration Pricing
Member Price: $ 59.00
Non-Member Price: $ 119.00

Group Registration Pricing
Member Group Price: $ 149.00
Non-Member Group Price: $ 209.00
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