Special Collections Cataloging: Manuscripts

Wednesday, 10/31/2018
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This session was presented on October 31, 2018. Access the recording and materials now:

This is part 2 of a two-part series. 

Are you an accidental cataloger of manuscripts? This webinar is intended for catalogers who have little or no experience with rare and unique materials but who nonetheless find themselves faced with a rare or unique collection. The presenter will share general archival principles, best practices, and tips for creating finding aids and converting those to MARC records. This webinar is a companion to Special Collections Cataloging: Monographs.

Learning Outcomes

The attendees of this webinar will be able to recognize and use the MARC fields specific to manuscript collections and use a crosswalk to create a MARC record from a finding aid.

Who Should Attend

Catalogers of all levels who are beginners when it comes to special collections and creating MARC records for manuscript collections.


Heather Perez is the Special Collections Librarian at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. As a lone arranger, she oversees all operations of the collections, including acquisitions, processing, cataloging, and reference. An archivist for 12 years, previously she worked at a public library in the local history room.



A recording of this webinar is now available since the six month date of the presentation has passed.

How to Register

No registration required.

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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