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Library Carpentry

Library Carpentry workshops focus on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Our goal is to empower people in libraries to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices. These are excellent learning opportunities for folks interested in tools and techniques for data cleaning, pattern matching, and data manipulation.

MarcEdit Workshop 

This hands-on workshop introduces MarcEdit, a suite of tools created and maintained by Terry Reese. MarcEdit software can create, manipulate, and transform library metadata in a variety of MARC formats and standards. This workshop is delivered over zoom, but is not a passive experience. Participants will be using MarcEdit and learning how to work with data with an instructor.

June 6, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT/CST 

Getting Started with MarcEdit

On the first day of the workshop, we’ll learn all about MarcEdit. It’s layout, display, and features. There will be an introduction to the MARC encoding standard; learning the different MARC file types, MARC encoding scheme, and character encoding. Then we’ll learn how to break and make MARC files in MarcEdit.

June 7, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT/CST

Profiling and Manipulating MARC Data

This second day of the workshop, we’ll learn how to profile our data. Creating various reports to get an overview of a MARC file. Locating simple errors and using shortcuts to fix them. We’ll progress to more advanced techniques for manipulating fixed and variable fields within MARC records, and learn how to access the RDA Helper. Participants can also expect to learn about: saving vs. compiling, building new fields, and manipulating subsets of records.

Prerequisites and more information

There are no prerequisites to join the online workshop series.  A basic knowledge of MARC records and interest in learning how to do more with data is all that you need.  Workshops are available at no cost, but we request that you commit to attending both sessions if you would like to participate. Spots are limited to 30, and we would like to provide this opportunity to those who have the time and capacity to work through the full workshop. There will be a waitlist and if we have high demand, we will try to run this workshop again later this year.

If you have any questions please email Elissah Becknell.

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Elissah Becknell

Cataloging and Metadata Education Librarian