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Professional Development for Delaware Library Staff: Cataloging - 000 - CORE

Statewide Professional Development Team

Definition - WJ Competency Index

The efforts of catalogers enable users to locate what they need in the library collections. As the world of information evolved from physical materials occupying physical places to digital resources in a multiplicity of formats, catalogers have adapted with richer metadata sets, linking repositories and institutions, and delivering resources in-person and remotely. Cataloging staff:

  • Catalog all types of library materials according to relevant bibliographic control standards.
  • Manage the catalog to ensure that library users have optimal access to the collection.

The Competency Index for the Library Field includes Cataloging on pages 15 & 16.

Training Needs Assessment Rankings

Cataloging was identified as a CORE training need in the Training Needs Assessment.  It ranked #8 out of 51 self-identified urgent training needs.  It ranked #2 out of 60 topics staff would like training in.  49% (78) of respondents indicated they would like training at the Beginner level, 29% (47) would like training at the Intermediate level, and 21% (34) would like training at the Advanced level.

Customer Service Standards

Knowledge - Be aware of library policies, procedures, and resources.

Efficiency - Provide accurate and timely service with the best use of tangible and intangible resources.

DDL Contact

Michelle Hughes

Library of Things


Cataloging Manual

Selected Bibliography

Online Learning

ABLE Technical Services Sequence (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

Introduction to Technical Services & Catalog Records

Introduction to Subject Headings

Introduction to Dewey Classification

Introduction to MARC Cataloging

Fundamentals of Cataloging (ALA)

A six-week course that provides a basic primer for library cataloging concepts and practices.


CatExpresstraining in both instructor-led and tutorial formats

Connexion browsera variety of training, in both instructor-led and tutorial formats

WebDeweytraining in a self-paced format


Descriptive Cataloging Using RDA (Library of Congress) 

RDA: Resource Description & Access Training Materials (Library of Congress) 

RDA Training Materials (Library of Congress) 

Webcasts for RDA Training (Library of Congress)



Additional Resources

ALA Groups & Guidelines

ALCTS/Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALA)

Cataloging Practices (PLA Professional Tools)

Resources on current cataloging standards, including information on RDA and BIBFRAME.

Cataloging Resources (ALA)

Society of American Archivists (Public Library Archives / Special Collections)