Child's Play: Cataloging Children's Materials

Child's Play: Cataloging Children's Materials

Learn practical skills for cataloging children's materials.

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Cataloging children's materials needs some thinking through. We'll explore the whys and wherefores as well as look at the practical side.

In this course, we will: 1) Explore the possibilities of value-added cataloging, 2) be able to identify and deal with the anomalies found in cataloging children's materials, and 3) know how to use cataloging tools and resources available for this special focus.

We'll start the course with some thinking about why we even want to catalog children's materials. We will discuss some of the irregularities that occur with cataloging children's books (board books, books with moving parts, books with no words, etc.), kits (for example books with accompanying stuff -- CDs, plush toys), and "realia" (puzzles, toys, games).  We will talk about several ways to add value to the catalog record -- ways to tie in with curriculum, reading levels, reading programs, library programming and displays, and just generally providing some depth to the data available to the catalog user.

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 March 11, 2021
2pm - 4pm Eastern
1pm - 3pm Central
Instructor La Donna Riddle Weber
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites
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: La Donna Riddle Weber

La Donna Riddle Weber earned her MLS at Indiana University SLIS and has worked in a variety of libraries and positions including public libraries (branch manager), academic archives (adjunct archivist), school libraries (in both the US and Scotland), special libraries (Lincoln Collection Cataloguer at Allen County Public Library), and library education (adjunct cataloging lecturer at Ball State, Ivy Tech and IUPUI). She is a member of the American Library Association, the Indiana Library Federation, and was a chartered member of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Information Professionals), the British professional organization for librarians. She has served on the executive committees of the ILF Technical Services Division and of the Cataloguing and Indexing Group in Scotland. When she isn’t cataloging she gardens, reads, manages the family farm, lets the cats and dog in and out, and doesn't blog at

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Date(s) and time(s):
March 11, 2021
2pm - 4pm Eastern
1pm - 3pm 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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