Welcome to the RPLS Basic Copy Cataloging Workshop
A note about Certification...
The Statewide Cataloging Standards Committee, which developed the training, examination and certification at the Barcoder level, is currently still working on the certification process at the Copy Cataloger level. In the meantime, RPLS is providing basic training in Copy Cataloging, to enable libraries to successfully import records from WorldCat into the Horizon database. This training will not lead to certification, and there is no Performance Evaluation to be completed at the end of the training. RPLS will continue to update all its members as the certification process for Copy Cataloging evolves.
Things you need to do ahead of time
Before you come to the workshop, you should complete the following prerequisites:
- OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards, chapter 4 ("When to Input a New Record"). This information will give you a sense of when a new record is justified, both in WorldCat and in Horizon.
- Review the Database Standards Manual. We always think we know what's in there, but a review is helpful.
INSTALL (if you don't have these on at least one staff PC in your library already)
- OCLC Connexion Client. Make sure you have the latest version. If you are upgrading, uninstall your previous version first. An Instruction Sheet is available for you to follow.
- Z39.50 configuration file. An Instruction Sheet is available for you to follow.
One more thing you need to do ahead of time
Gather up 6 items that need cataloging and are not currently in the Horizon database (search again, to be sure).
Property stamp the items as you normally would for your library. Put an item barcode for your library on each one.
Band them together and send them to Jo at RPLS at least one week before your class date.
You will be using these in class, and you will get them back at the end of the session. Some may be assigned to you for homework.
We will assume you have done all of the above. If we don't have your items one week prior to the class date, we will call you -- so please call us well in advance if you have questions. If you are having trouble finding enough items that aren't in the database, call your neighboring LLSAP libraries (public libraries and schools in the same town might want to help one another!). They might appreciate the opportunity to get some cataloging off their desks. Please be sure all material is property-stamped and barcoded from the owning library. We don't want to be tracking down owners after class! If you are using another library's items please put a slip in each item with your name and library written on it, so we know who submitted which material.