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Just for Copy Cats

This introduction from the MARC of Quality is a great start for finding catalog records and for learning the basic principles of copy cataloging. Acquisitions staff, copy catalogers, beginning catalogers, and experienced but untrained catalogers will find this two-day course to be indispensable. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to find and copy records that accurately reflect local items. No previous cataloging experience is required but you may find it useful to sign up for MARC21 In Your Library offered on February 7, 2006. See Meeting Announcement MA2006-04.

Wednesday, February 8 - Thursday, February 9, 2006

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, D.C.

Capitol South (Orange and Blue Lines)

FLICC Education Working Group

$195 (charge to FEDLINK Training Account/FT)
$210 (for all other transactions).

Register online at To view a PDF version of this Meeting Announcement, visit

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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 be charged.

What is copy cataloging? Not the same as original cataloging, it has its own special procedures and guidelines. This workshop provides an introduction to finding cataloging records that you can copy, explaining some of the more obvious challenges and some neglected database issues, with a brief look at essential editing.

Topics covered:
* How to read a MARC record for searching, matching and editing
* Search terms and their sources
* Matching books and records
* Special matching problems--Dates
* Special matching problems--CIP
* How to recognize what is wrong with a record, so that you can either fix it or report it to someone who can, for example:
* Wrong indicators (especially filing and tracing indicators)
* Badly coded 008 (Fixed field)
* Missing subject headings
* Duplicate match keys
* Unverified headings

For a beginning cataloger, this workshop is the second step in your journey to excellence in cataloging. We recommend MARC21 In Your Library for your first step. For an experienced cataloger, you may learn a few things you didn't realize that you didn't know. If you intend to come to Book Blitz I, you should come to this workshop first.

Attendees should, if possible, bring a printout of a MARC record from their local automated system.

For more cataloging training, mark your calendar for these three workshops:

* MARC21 In Your Library--February 7, 2006
* Book Blitz I: Making MARC Records That Work--May 8-11, 2006
* Book Blitz II: Tackling Complex Cataloging Rules--June 5-6, 2006

For more information, call (202) 707-4800 or visit the FLICC Meeting Announcement Archive on the FLICC Web site at

Publications and Education Unit
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20005-4935
(202) 707-4800
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