Available from Monday 28 September 2020, 20-25 hours of online learning you can complete in your own timescale: reading, watching presentations, and undertaking some cataloguing practice.

Course Curriculum


1. Beginning Cataloguing Rare Books

1.1 Introduction (Watch for free)

1.2 What Are Rare Books?

1.3 Bibliography, Bibliographies and the Rare Books Catalogue

1.4 Cataloguing Rules and Standards

1.5 Introducing Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books) (DCRM(B))

1.6 DCRM(B) and AACR2; DCRM(B) and RDA; DCRM(B) and MARC


2. Getting Started

2.1 Nagivating DCRM(B)

2.2 General Rules (in General)

2.3 Appendix G

2.4 Other Aids in Transcription

2.5 Practical Exercises

2.6 Model Answers


3. Title and Statement of Responsibility

3.1 Title and Statement of Responsibility

3.2 Differences from General Bibliography (Gaskell, Bowers et al)

3.3 Omissions

3.4 Challenges

3.5 Practical Exercises

3.6 Model Answers


4. Physical Description

4.1 Physical Description

4.2 Pagination, Foliation, Collational Formulae

4.3 Bindings

4.4 Notes and Their Many Uses

4.5 Practical Exercises

4.6 Model Answers


5. Editions, Imprints and Other Challenges

5.1 Editions - Identification

5.2 Editions - Description in DCRM(B)

5.3 Imprints - Indentification

5.4 Publication, Distribution etc. in DCRM(B)

5.5 Challenges in Other Areas of DCRM(B)

5.6 Practical Exercises

5.7 Model Answers


Anne Welsh

Course Instructor: Anne Welsh



Anne has been cataloguing professionally since 1993 and teaching others to catalogue since 1995. She is the lead author of Practical Cataloguing (London: Facet; Chicago: Neal Schuman, 2012), a core text in iSchools internationally. Beginning Cataloguing is in press at Routledge.

She first studied Bibliography as part of her undergraduate courses in English Language and Literature, and taught Historical Bibliography for over a decade.

Beginning Cataloguing training courses are, therefore, built on over twenty-five years' worth of examples and training materials, updated and refreshed regularly.

You can find out more about Anne on her profile page on beginningcataloguing.com

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