MeLCat Cataloging

MeLCat Cataloging

Essential cataloging workshop for MeLCat staff.

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This workshop is a "must have" for future MeLCat libraries and new cataloging/Technical Services staff at current ones. Learn or review the basics of cataloging and the application of MARC to them. Learn about MeLCat guidelines to ensure MeLCat participant records are successfully loaded and properly matched against existing records in the statewide MeLCat catalog. A review of important MeLCat terminology precedes a thorough discussion of the matching algorithm and validity checks employed by the MeLCat central server.

Also covered: how to review MARC records and understand descriptive cataloging concepts and MARC coding for various formats. A review of the various tools used to assist catalogers with record creation, such as OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards, is included. A brief discussion of RDA records and how RDA affects the matching algorithm concludes the course.

$75.00 for all MeLCat library staff regardless of MCLS membership.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Date & Time October 8-9-10, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm Eastern
9:00am - 11:00am Central
Instructor John Sterbenz
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites
Credits No
Audience ALL
Topic Cataloging, MeLCat

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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: John Sterbenz

John Sterbenz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (minors in Statistics and Music) from The University of Michigan--Dearborn in 1992, continuing his schooling with a Master of Information and Library Studies degree awarded in 1997 by The University of Michigan. He received the faculty rank of Associate Librarian upon appointment at The University of Michigan's Kresge Business Administration Library in 1998 and has been responsible for the management of Access Services/Systems (1998-2000), Technical and Access Services (2000-2004), Technical Services and Library Automation (2004-2012), and Technical Services, Collections, and Library Automation (2012-Present) during his professional tenure there. In 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Associate Librarian. John has been professionally active with positions on several national, regional and state committees and organizations. Speaking on topics related to Technical Services and general technology, he has served as an instructor for MCLS since 2005.

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Date(s) and time(s):
October 8-9-10, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm Eastern
9:00am - 11:00am Central

Single Registration Pricing
Member Price: $ 75.00
Non-Member Price: $ 75.00

Group Registration Pricing
Member Group Price: $ 225.00
Non-Member Group Price: $ 225.00
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