Cataloging Icky Things, or, If You Can Catalog a Book, You Can Catalog Anything!

An ALCTS Webcast.

Do you have “icky stuff” like kits, DVDs and models in a back room that you want to add to your collection but you can’t find a MARC record for it? Has it been years since you have had to catalog anything and you think you have forgotten how? Did you finish your cataloging class in library school thinking you would never have to do that again but now you have to? This session can help!

Starting with a quick review of how to catalog a book, this session moves to cataloging CDs and kits, DVDs and playaways, and all kinds of other items you may have hidden in that back room. You will get tips and cheats that will allow you to create a full-level MARC record so that you can move things out of that back room and into your collection.

Q&A from the live session.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to create a full-level MARC record for almost any library item.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic or need for the information.


Pamela J. Newberg is an Assistant Professor and Manager of Resource Processing and Description (otherwise known as Cataloging) at the University of Northern Colorado. In her previous life, Pam was the Manager of the Cataloging Department for Follett Library Resources in McHenry, Illinois. Pam holds a trio of higher education degrees, including a MLS from Dominican University, a MM from DePaul University, and a MAT from National-Louis University. Pam has a unique array of experience having worked as a cataloger, children’s librarian, automation librarian, and teacher in a number of settings including school, public, academic, and special libraries. Pam has been involved with the Cataloging of Children’s Materials Committee of ALCTS for the past twelve years as a vendor liaison, member, and, for 2008–2010, as chair.


How to Register

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Tech Requirements

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

How to Purchase

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or