Cataloging Resources

Recommended Links for Catalogers

Free Resources:

Cataloger’s Reference Shelf

Understanding MARC (A Library of Congress Tutorial)

Dewey Decimal Classification Summaries

Library of Congress Classification Outline

Library of Congress Authorities

Genre Subject Headings for Fiction (OCLC WorldCat)

Library of Congress Rules Interpretations (LCRI)



Continuing Education

FREE: Catalogers Learning Workshop

COST: Lyrasis (2-4 hour online courses)

Cataloging and Metadata Courses (including new RDA courses)

Recommended Books for Catalogers


Inter, Sheila S. Jean Weihs. Standard cataloging for school and public libraries. 4th  ed. Westport, Conn. Libraries Unlimited. 2007

Kaplan, Allison G. Crash Course in Cataloging for Non-Catalogers: A casual conversation on organizing information. Westport, Conn. Libraries Unlimited. 2009. Great intro to cataloging for anyone.

Kornegay, Rebecca S. Magic Search: getting the best results from your catalog and beyond. Chicago. ALA Editions.  2009.  Great source for learning about subheadings in the Library of Congress Subject Headings.

Maxwell, Robert L. Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA: Explaining and Illustrating RDA: Resource Description and Access Using MARC21. Chicago. ALA Editions. 2013

Miller, Steven J.  Metadata for Digital Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual.  Chicago. ALA Editions. 2011

Read, Jane M. Cataloging without tears: managing knowledge in the information society. Chandos Publishing, Oxford. 2003

Welsh, Anne. Sue Batley.  Practical Cataloging: AACR2, RDA, and MARC21.  Chicago. Neal-Schuman. 2012 Great for beginners as well as pros.  Covers the rules for AACR2 & RDA as well as transitioning between the two.


Maxwell, Robert L. Maxwell’s Handbook for AACR2: Explaining and Illustrating the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules through the 2003 Update. Chicago: ALA Editions. 2004


Maxwell, Robert L.  Maxwell’s Guide to Authority Work. Chicago: ALA Editions. 2002


Fritz, Deborah A. Richard J. Fritz.  MARC 21 for Everyone: a practical Guide.  Chicago. American Library Association.  2003 Covers the major MARC fields.  Includes complete list of all pre-RDA MARC Fields.

Piepenburg, Scott. Easy Marc. 5th ed San Jose, Calif. F & W Associates. 2007

Non-Book Materials

Weber, Mary Beth. Fay Angela Austin.  Describing Electronic, Digital, and Other Media Using AACR2 and RDA. New York. Neal Schuman Publishers.  2011.


El-Sherbini, Magda.  RDA: Strategies for Implementation.  Chicago. ALA Editions.  2013

Hart, Amy.  The RDA Primer : a guide for the occasional cataloger.  Santa Barbara, Calif. ABC-CLIO.  2010

Maxwell, Robert L. FRBR: A Guide for the Perplexed.  Chicago: ALA Editions. 2007

Oliver, Chris. Introducing RDA: A Guide to the Basics. Chicago. ALA Editions. 2010


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