New eCourse Bundle: Cataloging for Newbies

For Immediate Release
Thu, 01/10/2019


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new eCourse bundle, Cataloging for Newbies. Dr. Mary Bolin will serve as the instructor for a 24-week professional development experience starting on Monday, March 11, 2019.

Save 15% when you purchase the bundle!

Over the course of six months, you’ll learn the fundamental concepts and practices of library cataloging and gain a deeper understanding of advanced cataloging concepts. In the first twelve weeks, you’ll learn about basic descriptive and subject cataloging concepts, the creation and management of cataloging processes and workflows, the shared cataloging environment, and trends in bibliographic control that will affect libraries in the near future.

After you have completed the first course, you’ll delve into the second course, where cataloging expert and renowned instructor Dr. Mary Bolin expands on the topics from the first course and focuses on the elements of the cataloging process, including acquiring bibliographic data, working with library databases, and creating effective workflows. You’ll learn how to create MARC records, perform basic database maintenance, be introduced to BIBFRAME, gain insights on future trends in cataloging, and more.

Courses included in this bundle are

  1. Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers – 12-week eCourse; begins March 11
  2. Advanced eCourse: Intermediate Cataloging for Non-Catalogers – 12-week eCourse; begins June 3

By participating in these two courses, you’ll earn a Certificate of Professional Development in Cataloging and gain a broad set of skills that will serve you throughout your career.

You can purchase these eCourses individually or as a bundle.

This bundle includes two advanced eCourses—a format in which faculty from the SJSU iSchool will help you dig deep into cutting-edge topics during 12-week online courses, equipping you with potentially transformative knowledge and skills, and taking you from introductory through high-level content.

eCourse outline

Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

  • Unit One: Introduction and Descriptive Cataloging
    • Week 1: Introductions
    • Week 2: Standards and Tools
    • Week 3: Descriptive Cataloging
    • Week 4: Authority Control
  • Unit Two: Subject Cataloging and Managing the Cataloging Workflow
    • Week 5: Subject Cataloging
    • Week 6: Subject Headings
    • Week 7: Classification
    • Week 8: Managing the Cataloging Workflow
  • Unit Three: Cataloging is a Public Service
    • Week 9: User-oriented Cataloging
    • Week 10: Cataloging Content vs. Display
    • Week 11: The Future of Cataloging
    • Week 12: Review and Wrap-up

Advanced eCourse: Intermediate Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

  • Week 1. Introduction
  • Week 2. Review of Descriptive Cataloging
  • Week 3. Review of Subject Cataloging
  • Week 4. Creating MARC Records
  • Week 5. Sources of Catalog Records
  • Week 6. Integrated Library Systems
  • Week 7. Database Maintenance
  • Week 8. Staffing and Training
  • Week 9. BibFrame
  • Week 10. Future Trends
  • Week 11. Non-MARC Metadata
  • Week 12. Conclusion

About the Instructor

Dr. Mary Bolin is Professor and Catalog and Metadata Librarian at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln Libraries. She also teaches cataloging and metadata for the School of Information at San Jose State University. Dr. Bolin studied cataloging with Dr. Lois Mai Chan at the University of Kentucky. She is one of the founding editors of the peer reviewed LIS e-journal Library Philosophy and Practice.

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions facilitated eCourse bundle, which begins on March 11, 2019, 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.

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions (ELS) produces high-quality professional development events and materials for the library profession. ELS events cover modern issues on a wide variety of topics in formats that include live workshops, asynchronous eCourses, and print publications. We help ensure that today’s library employees have access to the professional development opportunities they need, whether they are brushing up on the basics or expanding their horizons with cutting-edge tools. Contact us at

The SJSU iSchool / ALA Publishing advanced e-courses offer in-depth, advanced training that take participants from introductory to high-level content. Award-winning SJSU iSchool faculty members help participants dig deep into relevant course topics to provide applicable knowledge and skills that can transform their work. These asynchronous online courses are ideal for information professionals from around the world.

The SJSU iSchool prepares individuals for professional careers in the information professions. Graduates work in diverse areas, such as information governance, user experience design, digital asset management, information architecture, electronic records management, and librarianship. The  SJSU iSchool offers several online educational programs, including a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, which is fully accredited by the American Library Association; a Master’s degree in Archives and Records Administration; and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science. All programs are delivered online, and the SJSU iSchool is a recognized leader in online education. For more information about the school, please visit:

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