Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/19/2014


Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — The ability to catalog proficiently can be a valuable skill for every librarian, but proper training is essential. Offered by ALA Publishing in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), the new advanced eCourse “Cataloging for Non-Catalogers” will take participants from beginner to advanced cataloger in 12 weeks.

This advanced eCourse is ideal for working professionals who have no cataloging experience and need to learn the basics quickly, for individuals who want to broaden their professional skill set and for institutions and organizations that would like their non-cataloging staff to become proficient at hands-on cataloging.

Under the guidance of Dr. Sylvia Hall-Ellis, an expert cataloger and instructor at the SJSU iSchool, students will learn about different cataloging schemes, different types of records and different tools. Building upon the fundamentals, they will then develop an understanding of how to catalog different types and formats of library materials. The course will wrap up with several weeks of hands-on exercises building records for library materials.

The course will be delivered entirely online with coursework completed asynchronously. Within the week-by-week format, students will be able to work at their own pace and interact with Hall-Ellis and fellow students through emails and message boards without the constraints of attending a live session at a specific time. The advanced eCourse “Cataloging for Non-Catalogers” begins on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

For more information about the e-Course, including how to register, please visit the ALA Store.

Hall-Ellis is an associate professor in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver and an adjunct faculty member for the SJSU iSchool. She received her PhD in Library and Information Science from University of Pittsburgh and her MLS at University of North Texas. She has served as chair of the ALCTS Committee on the Recruitment, Training, and Education of Catalogers (2006-07) and is currently serving as a member of the ALA Committee for Research and Statistics and as fundraising chair for REFORMA. She has authored technical reports, three monographs and many articles focused on research interests, including competencies for catalog and technical services librarians, library and information science education, RDA, and services to diverse populations.

ALA Publishing provides all librarians a comprehensive, one-stop resource for dynamic print and digital materials and eLearning dedicated to professional development, improving library services, and the promotion of libraries, literacy, and reading.

The SJSU iSchool / ALA Publishing advanced e-courses offer in-depth, advanced training that take participants from introductory to high-level content in 12 short weeks. Award-winning  SJSU iSchool faculty members help participants dig deep into relevant course topics to provide applicable knowledge and skills that can transform their work. These asynchronous online courses are ideal for information professionals from around the world.

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The SJSU iSchool prepares individuals for professional careers in the information professions. Graduates work in diverse areas, such as information governance, user experience design, digital asset management, information architecture, electronic records management, and librarianship. The  SJSU iSchool offers several online educational programs, including a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, which is fully accredited by the American Library Association; a Master’s degree in Archives and Records Administration; and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science. All programs are delivered online, and the  SJSU iSchool is a recognized leader in online education. For more information about the school, please visit: