Rare Books Cataloging

Rare Books Cataloging

Working in MARC format, we will cover the application of the rules set forth in Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books).

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Are those 200-year-old books still languishing in your backlog, waiting for a cataloger with the right expertise? Or are you wondering how to create records for rare books that conform to best practices? Whether for research or in the classroom, rare books are being used in an ever increasing variety of ways. To facilitate these many uses, and as we transition to a cataloging environment more closely tied to the web, it’s more important than ever to provide the right information and to structure this information as richly as possible. This introduction to creating original and copy cataloging records for rare books will provide you with the necessary foundation to do just that.  

Working in MARC format, we’ll cover the application of the rules set forth in Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books). While we’ll focus on books produced during the hand-press period (ca. 1454–ca. 1830), we’ll touch on the challenges of applying DCRM(B) to more modern material. Coverage will include the principles underlying rare book cataloging; proper transcription of the title page; the basics of bibliographical description, including format and signatures; the concept of the ideal copy; note fields, controlled vocabularies, and specialized access points used by rare book catalogers; the documentation of copy-specific information; and the selection of records when copy cataloging.

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 9-10-11, 2021
10am - 12pm Eastern
9am - 11am Central
Instructor Tad Boehmer
Prerequisites Working knowledge of MARC and regular monographic cataloging (RDA or AACR2). Participants must have taken an original cataloging course, at MCLS or elsewhere, OR have real work experience creating original records.
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 training@mcls.org 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 training@mcls.org.

Venue/Technical Information

Online via Zoom

Vendor MCLS

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Instructor: Tad Boehmer

Tad Boehmer is the Special Collections Catalog Librarian at Michigan State University. He has worked as a cataloger of rare books for over a decade, starting at the University of Illinois, where he received his MLS. Tad has also been an informal advisor to several booksellers and is active in a number of bibliophilic organizations.

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Date(s) and time(s):
March 9-10-11, 2021
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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