Child's Play: Cataloging Children's Materials

From $60 usd
Tue, Nov 14, 2023, 2:00 – 4:00 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:

Cataloging children's materials needs some thinking through. We'll explore the whys and wherefores as well as look at the practical side.

In this course, we will: 1) Explore the possibilities of value-added cataloging, 2) be able to identify and deal with the anomalies found in cataloging children's materials, and 3) know how to use cataloging tools and resources available for this special focus.

We'll start the course with some thinking about why we even want to catalog children's materials. We will discuss some of the irregularities that occur with cataloging children's books (board books, books with moving parts, books with no words, etc.), kits (for example books with accompanying stuff -- CDs, plush toys), and "realia" (puzzles, toys, games). We will talk about several ways to add value to the catalog record -- ways to tie in with curriculum, reading levels, reading programs, library programming and displays, and just generally providing some depth to the data available to the catalog user.


  • MARC: An Introduction (or working knowledge of MARC)
  • Either Original Descriptive Cataloging of Monographs Using RDA
  • Or Copy Descriptive Cataloging of Monographs Using RDA


  • 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.

La Donna Riddle Weber

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