Cataloging with Variant Titles

Cataloging with Variant Titles

Best practices for adding variant titles to monograph bibliographic records once the source of title and the title proper has been determined.

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Adding variant titles to a cataloging record can be rewarding for user search and discovery.  It also helps catalogers distinguish between cataloging records and reduce the number of duplicate cataloging records in shared databases. This session presents best practices for adding variant titles to monograph bibliographic records once the source of title and the title proper has been determined. RDA defines a variant title as a title associated with a resource that differs from a title recorded as a title proper, a parallel title proper, an other title information, a parallel other title information, an earlier title proper, a later title proper, etc. This session will give examples of all these types of variant titles, especially using MARC field 246. It will focus on clarifying primary relationships between a work, expression, and manifestation, and not on recording titles which are related works and not on preferred titles (uniform titles). RDA also asks catalogers to determine and record variant titles which are important for identification or access. This can be difficult out-of-context! This session will share some guidelines on how to determine what is best for your catalog users.  Attendees will be given examples and exercises in order to improve their skills in adding variant titles to cataloging records.

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 November 4, 2020
10am - 12pm Eastern
9am - 11am 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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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):
November 4, 2020
10am - 12pm Eastern
9am - 11am Central

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