RDA Cataloging: Basic Online Resources

Currently Offered Sessions

No sessions currently scheduled.


Online resources like streaming videos, e-books, databases—and the bibliographic records that describe these materials—are becoming a larger part of our library collections and catalogs. For catalogers, these can present their own share of challenges; the shift to RDA adds yet another layer of complication to cataloging efforts.

This Minitex webinar is an introduction to basic RDA copy cataloging for those with cataloging experience. We will employ handouts and exercises to help the viewer build the foundation necessary to quickly review RDA bibliographic records for online materials—mainly monographs like e-books and streaming media, but also some e-serials. Moreover, we will briefly describe other aspects of the new cataloging standard and look over the PCC's "Provider-Neutral E-Resource MARC Record Guide," which continues its long-running assignment under RDA.

(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, participants must view the short video "RDA Cataloging: Introduction to the Basics" prior to the live webinar. It covers general non-format-specific 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 15 minutes in length. Participants must attend the session to receive a certificate of completion.

No webinars are scheduled for the remainder of 2014.

Who Should Attend?

Copy catalogers of online materials. 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 still optional)
3. Access to the RDA Toolkit or to RDA Print (preferred, but not required)
4. Familiarity with current AACR2 (and optionally, provider-neutral) practices for cataloging online resources
5. Familiarity with the MARC21 format for bibliographic records