Understanding MARC21 Bibliographic Records Online
Course Content, Assignments and Recordings
Spring Session: March 31 - May 12, 2016
Resources that will be useful for the entire class:
Week 1 -March 31 to April 6
This week I am going to provide you with a brief overview of MARC.
Mainly, we will
focus on how it influences OPAC displays, how it appears in different interfaces,
and the basic parts of a MARC record. We will not get into the nitty-gritty until next week
Assignment 1 (doc) (Complete the assignment and email it to Allison
by 8 AM on Thursday, April 6.)
Answers to Assignment 1
Live Session 1 will be held Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10 AM Central Time.
to access the recording of the session. At the request of participants, I have transcribed
some of the questions/comments from the Week 1 live session.
here to see.
Live Session 1 will be held Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10 AM Central Time. Click here to access the recording of the session.
At the request of participants, I have transcribed some of the questions/comments from the Week 1 live session. Click here to see.
Weeks 2 and 3 -- April 7 to April 20
This week we are focusing on the 2xx
fields. This is where we record information such as the title,
the name or names of the individuals responsible for the item, edition statements and publication
information. In other words, an item’s bibliographic information.
Assignment 2 (doc) (Complete the assignment and email it to Allison by 8 AM on Wednesday, April 13)
Use these slides to complete the assignment.
Live Session 2 will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 10 AM Central Time/9 AM Mountain Time. Click here to access the recording of the session.
Transcription of some of the questions/comments from the Week 2 live session. I've also included questions sent to me via email. Click here to see.
Live Session 3 will be held Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10 AM Central Time/9 AM Mountain Time. Click here to access the recording. Transcription of questions/comments from the Week 3 live session.PowerPoint review of the 264 field
Week 4 -- April 21 to April 27
This week we are focusing on how to describe items.
RDA’s introduction has changed the way we describe items.
Previously, catalogers used the General Material Designation (GMD). However, because of the diversity of formats,
the GMD was not always enough. This resulted in the creation of the 33x fields: content, media and carrier.
Additionally, we no longer use abbreviations in the 300 (expect for cm) and authorized carrier terms.
We are also going to talk about the series fields.
Unlike the 3xx fields, which focus on an item’s physical nature,
the series is related to its intellectual content. Sometimes a series consists of a set of fictional books, such as Percy
Jackson and the Olympians, it can also be applied to non-fiction books. For example, the University of Nebraska Press’s
Discover the Great Plans or Histories of the American West.
Use these slides to complete the assignment.
Live Session 4 will be held Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10 AM Central Time/9 AM Mountain Time. Click here to access the recording.
Week 5 - April 28 to May 4
Like the 3xx fields, most of the information found
in these fields is pulled from the item. In the case of the summary
and contents fields, this information often comes from an outside source. Many of the fields listed here do
not need to be included in a record. However, their inclusion can help patrons find what they are looking for.
What you decide to include or not include, depends on you library, patrons and their needs.
Week 6 - May 5 to May 11
Subject Headings and Personal/Corporate Names (printable PDF version)
We briefly touched on authority control in week 3 when
we talked the 490/8xx series fields.
we will explore authority records in more in depth when we talk about topical headings, geographic headings
personal names and corporate names. An authority record is a record that consists of an established or
authorized form of a name or subject heading. Users are guided to authorized headings through the
use of see and see also references.
Week 7 - May 12 to May 18
The 00X fields in a MARC records are used for various
numbers and codes. These fields
contain information that can be used for finding records. I have listed the 00x fields we will
be talking about this week.
We will also be talking about the fixed fields or the
information found in the 008 field. Previously,
we talked about them in week 1 and how they can influence the OPAC display.
We have spent the last several weeks discussing the
various components of a MARC record.
We have approached this content from the standpoint of creating an original MARC record for
every item that you catalog. In actuality, much of your cataloging will consist of copy cataloging.
However, in order to evaluate and enhance records, you need to understand MARC.
Live Session 7 will be held Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 10 AM Central Time/9 AM Mountain Time. Click here to access the recording.
No assignment for this final lesson.