Object Cataloging for a Library of Things

From $100 usd
Tue May 9, 2:00 PM - Thu May 11, 4:00 PM, 2023 (EDT)
Virtual Workshop via Zoom  

Workshop Pricing:

Single Registration Pricing

  • Member: $ 100.00
  • Non-Member: $ 200.00

Group Registration Pricing

  • Member: $ 250.00
  • Non-Member: $ 500.00

Class Description: This workshop teaches participants how to catalog a variety of manufactured, handmade, and naturally occurring objects (models, games, toys, etc.) based on best practices from the Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) and OCLC’s Bibliographic Formats and Standards. The class will address copy and original cataloging in the MARC format with an emphasis on local discovery over RDA compliance. The instruction will cover several issues pertinent to object cataloging such as how to identify salient features, use sales catalogs as reference sources, and differentiate between multiple items of a similar type. Several MARC record examples will be examined, and three hands-on exercises will be included. (Participants are encouraged to bring a manufactured item for these exercises.)


  • MARC: an Introduction (or working knowledge of MARC)
  • Copy Descriptive Cataloging of Monographs Using RDA or practical experience
  • Original Descriptive Cataloging of Monographs Using RDA or practical experience


  • 6 Library Education Units (LEUs) for Indiana library staff
  • 6 Contact hours for all other library staff
  • 6 SCECHs for Michigan school library staff
  • 6 PGPs for Indiana school library staff

Registration Information:

  • You will receive a general email confirmation immediately upon successfully registering
  • The login and preparation email for the workshop will be sent prior to the training date
  • If you have not received your login and preparation email by noon of the day prior to the workshop, please email training@mcls.org to request it

Note: To fully participate in the workshop, you will need to be able to access the webinar presentation via the Zoom link provided in the login and preparation email. Also, you will need access to the class materials via the Google Drive link provided in the login and preparation email. Finally, please plan to open and monitor chat within the Zoom meeting. Being able to view the presentation, view and possibly print the class materials, and participate in chat will lead to the most positive workshop experience. For Groups: The Zoom presentation and chat should be visible to all group attendees. The class materials link should be shared with group attendees ahead of time so everyone can access the class materials.

MCLS Code of Conduct for meeting and event participants: MCLS is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment at all meetings and events, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of meeting participants in any form. Attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the meeting at the discretion of MCLS. Our complete code of conduct and pricing information can be found here.

Dejah Rubel

  • Gwen Haviland
  • 517-220-9950
Virtual Workshop via Zoom