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MARC 21 Standard: An Introduction

Thursday, May 28, 2020 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM) Export to vCalendar

Thursday, June 4, 2020 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM) Export to vCalendar
Where:   Zoom (Web Conference/Webinar, Max: 25)

This course is at capacity; no more registrations are being accepted at this time.

This virtual course focuses on learning the structure of the MARC 21 standard for bibliographic data, and how those standards tie in with RDA (Resource Description and Access). This two-part course is designed to help you better understand MARC, whether you are a new cataloger or any library staff member who wants to understand more about MARC and its importance in the library catalog.

The instructor will present the concepts and structure of MARC 21 for catalog records and the related terminology, such as the fixed and variable fields, tags, indicators, and subfields. This will help you determine which records match the item you are cataloging and help you select the appropriate record.

These sessions are NOT designed to focus on any specific ILS or the local cataloging practices of any library or consortium.

This course consists of two (2) live instruction sessions held via Zoom with time built in for breaks.

Participants should plan to attend both sessions as this is a two-part course. The Zoom registration link will automatically register each person for both course sessions.

This interactive course includes lectures, exercises, discussions, and quizzes. A detailed handout will be provided to all attendees.

Briefly review the OCLC publication "Bibliographic Formats and Standards" available online at

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
• describe the importance of MARC in libraries
• understand the basic structure of MARC records
• recognize how MARC tags are used
• evaluate the right MARC record
• identify essential MARC fields for the proper functioning of your library catalog

Instructor Bio
Nincy George is the Cataloging Services Coordinator at RAILS. She is responsible for cataloging and cataloging-related services to RAILS members, including training and the coordination of specialized cataloging support. She has more than 12 years of cataloging experience in academic, public, and school libraries.

Type:   Workshop

Categories: Cataloging, Technical Services

This event is sponsored by Reaching Across Illinois Library System.

Questions? Please contact Diana Rusch.

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