New Iteration: Cataloging with RDA eCourse

For Immediate Release
Fri, 08/11/2017


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new new iteration of our popular eCourse, Cataloging with RDA. Magda El-Sherbini will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 24 
Certificate of Completion available upon request 

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • Create original records using RDA
  • Describe manifestation, item, work, and expression
  • Identify and record relationships between entities

As more libraries around the world adopt RDA: Resource Description and Access, knowledge of how to catalog library materials using this new standard is a crucial skill. In this eCourse, RDA expert Magda El-Sherbini will get you started with hands-on training that focuses on print monographs and will cover both description and access. You’ll also participate in exercises using real-world examples of RDA concepts. El-Sherbini will be available to discuss these concepts and answer your questions on discussion boards, and you’ll be able to solidify these skills with quizzes that provide interactive feedback.

eCourse outline

Week 1

  • Objectives and Principles for the design of RDA
  • FRBR and RDA Structure
  • Hands-on quiz 1
  • Description of Manifestation and Item  (part 1)
  • Forum
  • Hands-on quiz 2

Week 2

  • Description of Manifestation and Item (part 2)
  • Forum
  • Hands-on quiz 3

Week 3

  • Identifying Works and  Expressions
  • Forum
  • Hands-on quiz 4

Week 4

  • Relationships
  • Forum
  • Comprehensive quiz

About the Instructor

Magda El-Sherbini is Head of the Ohio State University Libraries' Cataloging Department. In this capacity, she oversees the department’s cataloging activities. She supervises the department's four cataloging units as well as four faculty members and their respective staffs. She also serves on several library committees and is the author of numerous library publications. She has served as a member of the ALA RDA Advisory Board, which addresses issues related to the online publishing of RDA, tests the product online, and provides feedback to the publisher.

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions facilitated eCourse, which begins on Monday, October 2, 2017, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.


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