Technical Services

Technical Services

Cataloguing and classification are two areas of study for library staff that want to learn more about the major job functions of Technical Services staff. Anyone working in public service will benefit if they develop a better understanding of the MARC record as it will enhance their online catalogue searching skills. Staff who work in Technical Services have are the key to providing useful MARC records and when they add additional access points such as local subject headings, it provides customers with improved access to videos, books, audiobooks, websites and all of the other material available via the catalogue.

Training material including webinars for Technical Services staff is not easy to locate so if you find any other resources, please let us know. We will include them in this post. There is a growing trend in libraries for Technical Services staff to also work in public service roles. Staff whom I have worked with rightfully claim that their efforts directly impact customer service, and sometimes ‘bending’ catalogue rules are necessary to provide a better catalogue experience.

The Idaho Commission for Libraries provides helpful and easy to understand training resources:

Presentations and Resources

Free Cataloging Resources and Training – Texas Library and Archives Commission

  • We have compiled a list of cataloging resources and training opportunities to build your skills.

Cataloging Resources – Libraries and Center for Academic Technology

  • Includes descriptive cataloging training and best practices and online reference resources on a variety of cataloguing topics.

RDA: Resource Description and Access — Frequently Asked Questions – Library and Archives Canada

  • This FAQ provides guidance on RDA including the purpose of RDA and links to other resources.

RDA Training & Resources: Introduction – State Library of North Carolina

  • This LibGuide consists of resources that we used during our training and/or use during our current task of creating RDA records in different formats, as well as authorities. There are resources for both professional and paraprofessional catalogers, in addition to information that may be of interest to non-cataloging staff who are curious about RDA.

The Nebraska Library Commission developed a series of YouTube videos on MARC 21:

The learning guides developed available from the Librarianship Studies & Information Technology site provide in-depth articles on cataloguing and classification:

The Cataloger’s Reference Directory: Tools and Resources for Cataloging and Metadata Librarians site is a  collection of over 100 of the most Important collection of top free and paid cataloging and bibliographic metadata resources. It includes sources for descriptive cataloging, subject cataloging, authority control, classification, subject headings, subject indexing, and metadata description.


ALA Cataloging Tools and Resources – Overview of standards underlying library cataloging, with links to sources for the tools.

Cataloger’s Desktop – A web-based subscription service from the Library of Congress that aggregates multiple cataloging tools for ready access, including AACR2, DACS, and other LC cataloging publications.

DDC 23 – The print edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification, DDC 23, is now available from OCLC, along with the new, easier-to-use WebDewey 2.0.

Library of Congress Subject Headings – The free web-based version of the LCSH.

RDA Toolkit – This subscription-based resource for evaluating and implementing RDA.

Resource Description and Access (RDA) – Information and Resources in Preparation for RDA.


MARC Handout – What You Really Need to Know About This Stuff!

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