For immediate release | September 5, 2014

Using and understanding Library of Congress Classification

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Using and Understanding Library of Congress Classification. Cheryl Tarsala will serve as the instructor for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Oct. 6, 2014.

Cheryl Tarsala’s expert cataloging instructions offers you a comprehensive grounding in Library of Congress Classification (LCC) principles and practice. Starting with the basics, this eCourse will teach you how to assign LCC numbers with correct meaning in hierarchy, build numbers using tables and apply numbers that help patrons browse your library.

The eCourse includes synchronous and asynchronous small group discussions. Save the date for two live webinars.

Session One: From 2 - 4 p.m. EDT/1 - 3 p.m. CDT Thursday, Oct. 16

Session Two: From 2 - 3 p.m. EDT/1 - 2 p.m. CDT Thursday, Oct. 30

All sessions will be recorded and archived for those who cannot attend the live events.

eCourse outline

  1. Background Reading
    • History of LCC
    • Description of its Basic Structures
    • LC ClassWeb Basics (Video)
  2. Live Session 1, Hour 1
    • LC Call Number Anatomy Practice (Dissection)
    • Number Assignment Practice Using LCC Number Resources
    • LCC Hierarchies and Number Ranges
  3. Live Session 1, Hour 2
    • Using Tables
    • Shelflisting
  4. Homework
    • LCC Dissection and Call Number Building
  5. Live Session 2, Hour 1
    • Number Ranges in the Print LCC through Class H (Social Science)
    • Class P (Literature) and its Special Tables
  6. Live Session 2, Hour 2
    • Geographical Cuttering in G (Geography and Maps), E & F (American Local and General History)
    • Experience the Ecosystem of Specific Classes
  7. Optional Live Session 3
    • Answers to Lingering Questions

About the Instructor

Cheryl Tarsala has been teaching cataloging for more than 20 years and has taught DDC® workshops on the DDC® 21 transition and on the DDC® 800 class. She has a Ph.D. in library and information science from UCLA and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), where she has also taught. She is currently writing a cataloging textbook, Human Crafted Metadata.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on Oct. 6, 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.

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Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing