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Cataloging Electronic Resources with Bobby Bothmann

June 14 @ 10:00 am CDT 11:30 am CDT

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Electronic resources include ebooks, ejournals, electronic devices such as tablets and ebook readers, streaming and downloadable video and audio, and integrating resources. The focus of this workshop is on the RDA instructions specific to electronic resources generally. All examples are provided using the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data (MFBD).

This session assumes some basic knowledge of cataloging and the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data. Sessions are geared to both copy and original catalogers at all levels, and they are still accessible for those who are just starting to learn. Access to the RDA Toolkit and ClassWeb tools are not required. Public and academic library staff members will be interested in these workshops because they will be able to identify the attributes necessary for quality MARC records supplied by vendors and understand some of the new and changed vocabularies that support linked data. Special library staff will be interested in these workshops because they will be able to distinguish between core attributes and special attributes that serve their users. School media specialists will be interested in these workshops because they will be able to identify the core/minimal attributes necessary in the MARC records.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to apply the RDA instructions specific to the various types of electronic resources including content, carrier, and media vocabulary, digital file characteristics, and equipment and system requirements.

Bobby Bothmann is a professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato where he serves as the catalog and metadata librarian. Bobby catalogs analog and digital resources of all kinds, including books, serials, moving images, objects, cartographic resources, musical and spoken word audio recordings, and music in between many meetings. He is a member of the editorial board for Cataloging & Classification Quarterly and an active member of OLAC (OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers) where he has served in various leadership roles including treasurer, president, and the current archivist. He holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and an MS in Geography and English Technical Communication from MSU Mankato. Bobby moonlights as an adjunct instructor for the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he teaches cataloging and classification courses and tries to covert one student per semester to the cataloging side of the Force.


This project was funded either under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Library Cooperative Grant program. Florida’s LSTA and LCG programs are administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. For FY2023, 71% of the total costs for the PLAN Continuing Education program ($218,429) is supported by federal money, and 29% of this program ($90,351) is supported by state money. The total budget of the project is $308,780.