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PrairieCat considers our shared database our greatest asset. Members of the consortium take very seriously their responsibility for protecting that asset, and therefore have carefully set policies about who should have access to add and edit bibliographic records in the shared library catalog. Ensuring that only fully trained, qualified cataloging staff has direct access to load and edit bibliographic records helps maintain the integrity of the database. A database with effective search results is dependent upon adherence to strong cataloging rules and procedures. PrairieCat members also believe very strongly in resource sharing, and recognize the importance of providing access to library materials early in the acquisitions process, to allow patrons to place holds on materials they would like to borrow. It is also important to continually work on database clean-up, to eliminate duplicate records, upgrade acquisition records in a timely fashion, and generally work together to provide the best access possible to end users through a well-maintained database. To that end, PrairieCat has a policy of only allowing member catalogers that have demonstrated competencies at one of two levels to load and/or edit bibliographic records in the database. More information on the MARC Cataloger and MARC-Lite Cataloger levels is provided below.
MARC-Lite Catalogers (certified for copy cataloging by passing the MARC-Lite cataloging test)
MARC Catalogers (certified for original cataloging by passing the MARC cataloging test)
More details on each level of cataloging certification are provided in the documents below. Resources for MARC and MARC-Lite catalogers are also provided below. If a PrairieCat staff member has questions about become a MARC or MARC-Lite cataloger, or would like to begin the process, they should contact marylouise [dot] brown [at] railslibraries [dot] info (Magda Bonny )or sandy [dot] tedder [at] railslibraries [dot] info (Sandy Tedder).
In May, Lynn Fields, the Director of Technical Services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville presented a workshop on Best Practices for RDA in MARC21. The workshop explored a brief history of RDA and why best practices are so important in RDA. The main focus of the day was looking at best practices recommendations with lots of examples and exercises. Links to Lynn's handouts are below, or Click here to view the recording on the RAILS YouTube channel.
OCLC also provides training. Training includes free instructor-led courses, as well as dozens of tutorials on the services our members use everyday