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Eventbrite - UPLIFT Cataloging, Utah State Library
Eventbrite - UPLIFT Cataloging, Gunnison Civic Library

RDA cataloging for the school and public library cataloger. A two-day course that will discuss on day one the foundational basis for the new cataloging rules in Resource Description and Access (RDA) and will focus on changes for cataloging of monographs, including cataloging with copy and discussion/demonstration of importance of authority work. Day two will focus on other popular formats in the school and public library—sound recordings, moving images, printed music, printed maps, digital resources and serials/integrating resources. The course will consist of power point slides, discussion and practical application by completing cataloging worksheets to create bibliographic records as well as authorities records of resources in various formats.

Learning outcomes:

  • familiarization of FRBR model
  • basic understanding of entity-relationship databases
  • basic knowledge of new principles included in RDA, how these differ from AACR2, and how to apply this knowledge to monograph cataloging
  • revising of cataloging copy to include RDA elements
  • basic understanding of RDA elements in authority work and why this is important
  • knowledge of how to format these new elements in MARC21

Take aways: Each participant will leave the course with a workbook with examples to assist in day-to-day cataloging.

Presented by: John Wright, BYU


The Utah State Library offers the popular core courses required to meet the personnel standard required for public library certification under Standards for Utah Public Libraries.

Library directors and key personnel who do not have formal training in library science may participate in basic certification training which includes introductory coursework in core areas:

  • Cataloging/Acquisitions/Technical Services explains how to create accurate bibliographic records and standard resources used in catalog work: Dewey Decimal Schedules, AACR2 Rules, and MARC Records; also basic acquisitions and technical services functions. Fall 2016
  • Youth Services explores the elements of running a successful program for children and teens including presenting library programs for children and young adults, developing children’s and young adult materials collections, and using the stages of childhood and adolescent development to guide your programs. Spring 2017
  • Collection Development teaches the principles of selection of library materials and standard practices involved in building and promoting collections. Fall 2017
  • Technology includes things the librarian needs to know to keep computer services up and running. It includes computer security, wireless access issues and solutions, technical support that the librarian can do, and when to call an IT person for help. Spring 2018
  • Reference brings the skills needed to be an effective provider of reference and information services. Emphasis is on reference services, the reference interview, online searching strategies including Pioneer, and sources of information. Fall 2018
  • Library Administration covers the fundamentals of public library administration, the need to integrate planning, budgeting, the basics of personnel management and policy development. Spring 2019

For more information or assistance contact:

Jessica Whetman
Training Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6762 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address