Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ED 138
Course Title:
Library Cataloging and Classification
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Course Description

Introduces library classification systems, including Dewey Decimal System and Library of Congress Classification System. Explores basic principles and tools for cataloging both print and online materials. Discusses MARC records, bibliographic control, authority control, subject headings, and library consortia. Prerequisites: ED 122.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  1. Use the basic principles of library classification.
  2. Articulate the basic organization of MARC records and the purpose for bibliographic control and authority control within an online catalog.
  3. Use the OCLC database to identify records and create local records using MARC format.
  4. Explain the purpose of shared online catalogs and library consortia.

Course Activities and Design

1. Interactive class discussions.
2. Individual and group activities, projects, and presentations.
3. Articulate the cataloging process from acquisition to removal.
4. Identify the ten Dewey Decimal categories by number and Library of Congress Subject Headings by letter.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Demonstrate knowledge of cataloguing, such as MARC records, bibliographic control, authority control, subject headings, through class discussions, activities, projects, and presentations.
2. Actively participate in class discussions.
3. Actively collaborate with others to complete group activities, projects, and presentations.
4. Complete class activities, projects, and presentations on time.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1. Introduction to cataloging and classification of library materials.
2. MARC records.
3. Bibliographic control.
4. Authority control.
5. Subject headings.