RDA for the Seasoned Cataloger: Print Serials (3-part online workshop)


Spring 2013 marks the season in which the Library of Congress will transition from AACR2 to RDA for all of their original cataloging. With the prospect that other libraries follow their lead, Minitex is now offering a self-paced, online workshop on cataloging textual print serials using RDA. 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--and related CONSER practices--to copy catalog and build original MARC bibliographic records for print serials.

Registrants participate in this workshop by viewing short 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.

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 that first day of training.

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

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 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 print serials. This workshop is not designed for the beginning cataloger nor for those lacking AACR2 (or, additionally, CONSER) 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 12; chapter 9 is optional); knowledge of CONSER practice recommended, but not required
5. Familiarity with the MARC21 format for bibliographic records