MARC21 Bibliographic Format for Beginners

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The MARC21 (Machine Readable Cataloging) Bibliographic format is the nationally-accepted standard for computerized cataloging which helps ensure that data in your automated library catalog will be compatible with other systems, catalogs and vendors.

This full-day session explains the structure of the MARC record and its importance in automated library catalogs. Participants will learn to identify components within MARC bibliographic records, to interpret fixed field coding and to apply correct variable field tagging. Emphasis will be placed primarily on books format.

This session qualifies for the Minnesota Voluntary Certification for Public Library Employees.

Who Should Attend?

Staff new to using OCLC or automated library catalogs.


Familiarity with basic cataloging rules.