Rare Book Cataloging: An Introduction

From $100 usd
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 10:00 AM EDT – Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 12:00 PM 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: Are those 200-year-old books still languishing in your backlog, waiting for a cataloger with the right expertise? Or are you wondering how to create records for rare books that conform to best practices? Whether for research or in the classroom, rare books are being used in an ever increasing variety of ways. To facilitate these many uses, and as we transition to a cataloging environment more closely tied to the web, it’s more important than ever to provide the right information and to structure this information as richly as possible. This introduction to creating original and copy cataloging records for rare books will provide you with the necessary foundation to do just that.

Working in MARC format, we’ll cover the application of the rules set forth in Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books). While we’ll focus on books produced during the hand-press period (ca. 1454–ca. 1830), we’ll touch on the challenges of applying DCRM(B) to more modern material. Coverage will include the principles underlying rare book cataloging; proper transcription of the title page; the basics of bibliographical description, including format and signatures; the concept of the ideal copy; note fields, controlled vocabularies, and specialized access points used by rare book catalogers; the documentation of copy-specific information; and the selection of records when copy cataloging.


  • Working knowledge of MARC and regular monographic cataloging (RDA or AACR2)
  • Participants must have taken an original cataloging course, at MCLS or elsewhere, OR have real work experience creating original records


  • 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

Webinar instructions to fully participate in the workshop:

  • Access the webinar presentation via the Zoom link provided in the login and preparation email
  • Access the class materials via the Google Drive link provided in the login and preparation email
  • Class materials may be printed ahead of time if desired
  • Open and monitor chat within the Zoom meeting
  • We recommend updating to the latest version of Zoom prior to the workshop

For Groups:

  • Only one person (the group contact who registered or the person they designate) is allowed to join the Zoom meeting
  • This person should project their screen to the group attendees so that the Zoom presentation and chat are visible to all
  • This person should share the class materials link with the group attendees prior to the workshop so they are able to view the materials on their own device. Materials may also be printed ahead of time if desired.

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Tad Boehmer

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