Cataloging with Variant Titles

From $60 usd
Thu, Nov 9, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Virtual Workshop via Zoom  

Workshop Pricing:

Single Registration Pricing

  • Member: $ 60.00
  • Non-Member: $ 120.00

Group Registration Pricing

  • Member: $ 150.00
  • Non-Member: $ 300.00

Class Description:

Adding variant titles to a cataloging record can be rewarding for user search and discovery. It also helps catalogers distinguish between cataloging records and reduce the number of duplicate cataloging records in shared databases. This session presents best practices for adding variant titles to monograph bibliographic records once the source of title and the title proper has been determined. RDA defines a variant title as a title associated with a resource that differs from a title recorded as a title proper, a parallel title proper, an other title information, a parallel other title information, an earlier title proper, a later title proper, etc. This session will give examples of all these types of variant titles, especially using MARC field 246. It will focus on clarifying primary relationships between a work, expression, and manifestation, and not on recording titles which are related works and not on preferred titles (uniform titles). RDA also asks catalogers to determine and record variant titles which are important for identification or access. This can be difficult out-of-context! This session will share some guidelines on how to determine what is best for your catalog users. Attendees will be given examples and exercises in order to improve their skills in adding variant titles to cataloging records.


  • MARC: an Introduction or working knowledge of MARC


  • 2 Library Education Units (LEUs) for Indiana library staff
  • 2 Contact hours for all other library staff
  • 2 SCECHs for Michigan school library staff
  • 2 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 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.

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.

Andrea Morrison

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