RDA Cataloging: Basic Serials

Currently Offered Sessions

No sessions currently scheduled.


As much as records for books, music, and videos see changes with RDA, so do those for serials. And yet some aspects of traditional serial cataloging have forecasted RDA's "new" approach for some time now. In that sense, RDA casts light on territory quite familiar to the serial cataloger.

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 viewer build the foundation necessary to quickly review RDA bibliographic records for serials—mainly directed at print works, but also touching on e-serials and other formats. We will briefly describe other aspects of the new cataloging standard and look over CONSER RDA documentation.

(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 serials. This workshop is not designed for the beginning cataloger or for those lacking current AACR2 and/or CONSER 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 and/or CONSER practices for cataloging serials
5. Familiarity with the MARC21 format for bibliographic records