ALCTS Preconference focuses on cataloging special formats for the child in all of us using RDA and MARC21

For Immediate Release
Fri, 03/20/2015


Julie Reese

ALCTS Continuing Education and Program Manager

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services


CHICAGO — “Cataloging Special Formats for the Child in All of Us Using RDA and MARC21,” a preconference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), will  provide practical information on the descriptive cataloging of a variety of children's materials.  Join your colleagues from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco.  This preconference is intended for catalogers and other technical services librarians and staff from academic, special, public, and school libraries that have special formats.  Registration is now open through the 2015 ALA Annual Conference website.

Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include using tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA. 

The following children's materials types will be covered:

  • video recordings
  • sound recordings
  • video games
  • three-dimensional objects
  • kits
  • books with accompanying material in a special format
  • games
  • two-dimensional materials such as pictures and flash cards

Speakers:  Jay Weitz, senior consulting database specialist, OCLC Online Computer Library Center; Julie Renee Moore, catalog librarian for special collections and special formats, Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno

Julie Renee Moore is the catalog librarian for special collections and special formats at the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno. She has a BA in Anthropology and German from the Ball State University and an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Ms. Moore is an active member of OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc.), currently working on two OLAC CAPC (Cataloging Policy Committee) task forces responsible for writing the Best Practices for Cataloging DVD and Blu-ray Discs Using RDA and MARC21 and the Best Practices for Cataloging Video Games Using RDA and MARC21.

Jay Weitz is senior consulting database specialist at OCLC and was previously assistant catalog librarian at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. He has a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, an MLS from Rutgers University, and an MA in Education from Ohio State University. He is the author of “Cataloger's Judgment,” both editions of “Music Coding and Tagging” and the cataloging Q&A columns of the Music OCLC Users Group Newsletter and the Online Audiovisual Catalogers Newsletter. He serves as OCLC Liaison to numerous groups.

Register through the ALA Annual Conference web site.  Add the preconference to your conference registration, or register for the preconference alone.  The price of this full-day preconference is: $219 for ALCTS members (use special code ALCTS2015); $269 ALA for members, $319 for non-members. A continental breakfast and light refreshments during breaks will be provided.  Event Code: ALC4

For questions or comments related to this event, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Continuing Education and Program Manager at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034 or

Sponsored by ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Section's (CaMMS) Cataloging of Children's Materials Committee.  Cosponsored by Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC).

See the ALCTS conference website for information about other ALCTS events, including preconferences on best practices for cataloging videos, real world linked data, coding for efficiencies for cataloging and metadata, and challenges with managing streaming media for academic libraries.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.