RDA Cataloging: Basic Books

Currently Offered Sessions

No sessions currently scheduled.


Catalogers are encountering RDA bibliographic records more often these days, and the numbers are increasing as libraries shift from AACR2 to RDA. This transition will certainly have an effect on copy cataloging workflows for new library acquisitions like books.

This Minitex webinar is an introduction to basic RDA copy cataloging for those with cataloging experience. We will employ handouts and review cataloging examples to help the participant build the foundation necessary to quickly review RDA bibliographic records for books—mainly print books, but also touching on e-books. Moreover, we will briefly describe other aspects of the new cataloging standard.

(This webinar does not cover: using the RDA Toolkit; classification, genre/form, or subject headings; authority work; non-MARC cataloging; matters specific to any particular integrated library system.)

WEBINAR PLATFORM: Minitex uses Adobe Connect, which accommodates both phone and computer audio access to the webinar in addition to the video component.

PREREQUISITE: If they already haven't done so, registrants must view the short video "RDA Cataloging: Introduction to the Basics" prior to the live webinar. It covers general format-agnostic topics like transcription, punctuation, core elements, and record formatting under RDA. Registrants will get access to the video about one week before the scheduled webinar date.

SCHEDULE: The webinar is 3 hours and 30 minutes in length. Participants must attend the session to receive a certificate of completion.

No webinars are scheduled for the remainder of 2014.

Instructions on signing into the webinars will be issued about one week prior to the scheduled session dates.

Who Should Attend?

Copy catalogers of books. This workshop is not designed for the beginning cataloger or for those lacking current AACR2 experience with these materials.


1. "RDA Cataloging: Introduction to the Basics" video (optional if already viewed)
2. Other introductory workshop or webinar on RDA (preferred, but not required)
3. Access to the RDA Toolkit or to RDA Print (preferred, but not required)
4. Familiarity with current AACR2 practices for cataloging books
5. Familiarity with the MARC21 format for bibliographic records