RDA for the Seasoned Cataloger: Audiovisual Materials (3-part online workshop)


In 2013 the Library of Congress, and no doubt many other libraries, will transition from AACR2 to RDA. In anticipation of this event, Minitex is offering a self-paced, online workshop on cataloging audiovisual materials using RDA--videorecordings, non-music sound recordings, kits. Though we touch upon the underlying principles of RDA cataloging, the majority of our time will be dedicated to answering a practical need: how to use the new standard to copy catalog and build original MARC bibliographic records for A/V works.

Registrants participate in this workshop by viewing short pre-recorded videos, reading documentation, engaging in discussion on forum boards, and working on exercises. No live presentations are part of this workshop. All participants will receive a certificate of completion upon the workshop's conclusion.

(Note that this workshop does not cover: using the RDA Toolkit; details on FRBR and FRAD; non-MARC cataloging; building authority records. Various e-formats will be addressed briefly.)

MOODLE: Minitex uses the Moodle course management system as our training material delivery platform. Moodle registration instructions will be sent to you via e-mail about one week before the start of the workshop. Participants are strongly encouraged to register at least three days before the workshop begins. Moodle registration will close on the first day of training.

SCHEDULE: The workshop is divided into three parts and delivered over a three week period. For each part you are given six days, including a weekend, to complete the training materials. Your access to Moodle--which is 24/7 over the course of this training session--will continue for about one week after the workshop’s conclusion.

No webinars are scheduled for the remainder of 2014.

Who Should Attend?

Experienced copy catalogers and original catalogers of audiovisual materials. This workshop is not designed for the beginning cataloger nor for those lacking AACR2 experience with these materials.


1. Some knowledge of FRBR/FRAD
2. Introductory workshop or webinar on RDA
3. Access to the RDA Toolkit or to RDA Print (preferred, but not required)
4. Familiarity with AACR2 cataloging (notably chapters 1 and 6-11; knowledge of every chapter from 6 onward is not required)
5. Familiarity with the MARC21 format for bibliographic records