REMINDER: Register online for this valuable FLICC workshop on February
MARC21 In Your Library:
An Introduction to MARC and How It Can Work in Your Library Automation
More Detailed Information Below
Nearly everyone who works in a library should know something about
MARC. Directors, reference and acquisitions staff, copy catalogers,
beginning catalogers and experienced but untrained catalogers will find
this workshop useful. Join the MARC of Quality staff for a one-day
program on how to read a MARC record, and how to tell if some of the
most important elements of the record are present and correct. No
previous cataloging experience is required.
Monday, February 28, 2005
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no entry to the Library of
Congress prior to 8:30 a.m.
Mumford Room, 6th floor, Madison Building, The Library of Congress
Use the Main Entrance at 1st and Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington,
Capitol South (Orange and Blue Lines)
FLICC Education Working Group
$125 (charge to FEDLINK Training Account/FT)
$135 (for all other transactions).
Register online at http://www.loc.gov/flicc/feveform.html. To view a
PDF version of this Meeting Announcement visit
Email [log in to unmask] or call (202) 707-6362 TTY five business days in
advance for ADA Accommodations.
Call FLICC (202) 707-4800; TTY (202) 707-4995
Cancellations must be called into the FLICC office (202-707-4800) 48
hours prior to the start of an educational program or the full fee will
What is MARC and how does it tie in with cataloging to work effectively
in your library's catalog? Nearly everyone who works in a library
should know something about MARC.
Have you ever wondered:
* Why a book can be found by its author and yet cannot be found by its
* Why only six books in Spanish appear to be in your database, when you
know you have sixty?
* Why the video version of Hamlet cannot be found without wading
through all the book versions of Hamlet in your collection?
You can solve these fascinating types of riddles if you know just a bit
about some of the codes in a MARC record. Come and join your colleagues
to learn how to read a MARC record, and how to tell if some of the most
important elements of the record are present and correct. At the
conclusion of this workshop, you should be able to read a MARC record,
talk MARC and understand how errors in MARC could affect a library
* Library patrons, bibliographic information and the library catalog
* The rules for bibliographic information and the standards for MARC
* MARC21 records: what are they, why do we need them and how do we get
* MARC21 and the computerized catalogs of today
* MARC21 terminology
* MARC21--who needs to know what?
* MARC21 codes you should know
* Indexed fields
* Display fields
* Coded fields
* Number fields
* Sample records to practice reading MARC21 Bibliographic records
For a beginning cataloger, this workshop is just the first step in your
journey to excellence in cataloging. For an experienced cataloger, this
workshop may reinforce your understanding of why correct MARC coding is
important. For a non-cataloger, you will leave with a better
understanding of how cataloging rules and MARC records work together to
allow patrons to find the materials that we collect in our libraries.
(N.B. A longer and more complete version of the course handout has been
published by ALA under the title MARC21 for Everyone: A Practical
For more cataloging training, mark your calendars for these three
* Just for Copy Cats (Copy Cataloging)--March 1-2, 2005
* Book Blitz I--August 15-18, 2005
* Book Blitz II--September 28-29, 2005
For more information, call (202) 707-4800 or visit the FLICC Web site
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