ALCTS offers webinar on RDA copy cataloging and more

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/25/2015


Keri Cascio

Executive Director



CHICAGO —Join ALCTS on Wednesday, Sept. 9 for “RDA for Copy Catalogers: The Basics,” a webinar presented by Vicki Sipe at 1 p.m. Central time.

Copy cataloging often involves matching an existing bibliographic record to an item. Determining whether or not a bibliographic record is a match can depend upon knowing what guidelines were used in the construction of the description. This webinar seeks to provide an understanding of the variations in bibliographic description that occur within a shared cataloging environment when a variety of rules guide the process of record creation. The primary focus is on the application of specific RDA guidelines in the creation of bibliographic description through the use of excerpts from RDA, sample title pages and sample bibliographic records. Special attention is paid to the basic principles and organization of RDA, and its relationship to FRBR. Examples highlight the variation in descriptions that can result from the application of RDA guidelines and options, as well as how these descriptions vary from those based on the application of AACR2.

Vicki Sipe has been the catalog librarian at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for 11 years. Before this, she worked as a librarian in federal libraries. Vicki has provided presentations on numerous topics including cataloging, descriptive metadata for images and serials holdings. Recently Vicki wrote the ALCTS Fundamentals of Cataloging course, and is one of several instructors for the course. Vicki is the President-Elect of ALCTS.

The webinar will be held at 1 p.m. Central time on Sept. 9. Registration is open, and the registration fee is $43 for ALCTS members and $59 for nonmembers. Groups (who watch the webinar together from one access point) may also register, fees are $99 for member groups and $129 for nonmember groups.

Additional webinars and Web courses are available this fall. From e-books to collection management to "Fundamentals," there is a webinar or Web course waiting for you. And don't forget about our e-Forums, which are free online discussions offered once a month. You can see the full line-up of offerings and get registration information by visiting the ALCTS Online Learning Web page.

Need more information? Contact Julie Reese,, the ALCTS Continuing Education Manager. She’ll be glad to help you find a learning experience suited to your interest.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. An international member-driven association, ALCTS engages the library community on issues and policies that affect the acquisition, management, discovery, and preservation of library collections.