Video Demystified: Cataloging with Best Practices Guides

a 2015 ALCTS Preconference

Friday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  event code: ALC5  |  Register

The preconference workshop will provide an overview of cataloging video recordings using Resource Description and Access (RDA), MARC21, and the newly-issued Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) best practices cataloging guides for DVD/Blu-ray discs and streaming media.

Through presentations and hands-on exercises, participants will learn to catalog current video formats such as streaming video, DVD, and Blu-ray. Specialized materials such as filmed performances (dance, music, theatre, etc.) and older video formats will also be addressed.  

At the end of this preconference, participants will:

  • Understand the differences between AACR2 and RDA cataloging for videorecordings
  • Identify RDA elements pertaining to video recordings and encode these elements properly using MARC21
  • Construct a complete basic bibliographic record using RDA, MARC21 and the OLAC Best Practices Guides        


  • Jeannette Ho, Director of Cataloging, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Mary Huismann, Music/Media Original Cataloger, University of Minnesota

Target Audience

Technical Services librarians and cataloging staff from academic, public, school, or special libraries who catalog video formats such as streaming video, DVD, Blu-ray, VHS, etc.


Register through the ALA Annual Conference web site.  Add this preconference to your conference registration or register for this preconference alone. 

The price of this full-day preconference is:

  • $219 for ALCTS members (remember to use code ALCTS2015 to receive the discounted price)
  • $269 for ALA members
  • $99 for retired members and student members
  • $319 for nonmembers

A continental breakfast and light refreshments during breaks will be provided.


  • Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC)


  • ALCTS Continuing Education Committee
  • Video Round Table
  • ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) Education Committee

Additional ALCTS Events at Annual Conference

For a listing of other conference events, visit the ALCTS conference web page.