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Spring Fling 2014: RDA Special Formats
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Cataloging the Especially Special Formats Using RDA and MARC21

  • Friday, April 11 | 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno, 5200 North Barton Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710
  • Presenters: Jay Weitz, Senior Consulting Database Specialist, OCLC, Dublin OH; Julie Renee Moore, Head of Cataloging, Henry Madden Library, CSU Fresno

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the new cataloging standard designed to replace AACR2. This workshop will focus on the RDA description of special formats--all the materials you may have pushed aside to age, hoping for a record to appear! (Most libraries have these resources lurking in their cataloging departments...)

The presenters will focus on materials such as videorecordings, sound recordings, 3-dimensional objects, pictures, games, kits, and other especially special formats. The Teacher Resources Center of the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State is home to the largest curriculum collection in the state of California so we will be making use of these materials as our RDA cataloging guinea pigs.

Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include use of tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA. Access to the online RDA Toolkit will be demonstrated and handouts will be emailed to registrants. The workshop will assume a basic knowledge of cataloging with AACR2 and MARC. A rudimentary knowledge of RDA would be helpful but we are here to help you learn about RDA!

Presented by CLA's Technical Services Interest Group and co-sponsored by the Southern California Technical Processes Group (SCTPG) and Northern California Technical Processes Group (NCTPG).

Registration Fees

  • $90 non-members
  • $70 CLA members, SCTPG and NCTPG members
  • $45 student members

Includes morning and afternoon light refreshments; lunch is not provided.

To purchase slides and handouts from this workshop, please email

Reviews of previous CLA RDA workshops:

  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and found it most informative."
  • "I thought the materials were excellent."
  • "The program was well-paced and a good return on investment. One of the best workshops I have ever attended! THANKS."

About the presenters

Jay Weitz is Senior Consulting Database Specialist at OCLC and was previously Assistant Catalog Librarian at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. He has a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, an MLS from Rutgers University, and an MA in Education from Ohio State University. He is the author of “Cataloger's Judgment,” both editions of “Music Coding and Tagging,” and the cataloging Q&A columns of the Music OCLC Users Group Newsletter and the Online Audiovisual Catalogers Newsletter. He serves as OCLC Liaison to numerous groups. Since 1992, he has presented dozens of cataloging workshops in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. He was the recipient of the MOUG Distinguished Service Award in 2004, OLAC's Nancy B. Olson Award in 2005, and for his work on the reimplementation of Duplicate Detection and Resolution software in WorldCat, an OCLC President’s Award in 2010. Since 1981, he has been program annotator for concerts of Chamber Music Columbus (Ohio, USA). He has been a performing arts critic in public radio, in print, and on the Web, and currently serves as theatre and dance writer for the weekly alternative newspaper “Columbus Alive” (

Julie Renee Moore is the Head of Cataloging at the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno. She has a BA in Anthropology and German from the Ball State University and an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Among other publications, Julie served on the DVD Cataloging Guide Update Task Force of the OLAC publication, Guide to Cataloging DVD and Blu-ray Discs Using AACR2r and MARC 21: 2008 Update. This Guide is now being updated using RDA, and Julie is serving on that task force as well. Ms Moore is currently an active member of OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc.); ALA (American Library Association) ALCTS, and CLA (the California Library Association). She is the current Vice-Chair of the CLA TSIG (Technical Services Interest Group). Julie was the recipient of OLAC’s 2010 Nancy B. Olson Award as well as the CLA’s TSIG 2010 Award of Achievement. Her all-time favorite thing she’s ever cataloged was a black bear named “Luego” in Alaska.

Please email Julie Moore, Vice Chair/Chair Elect, CLA Technical Services Interest Group

Notes, Terms and Conditions

  • Registration closes Friday, April 4, at 5:00pm PST. Registration payments must be received at the CLA office by Friday, April 4, at 5:00pm PST for your registration to be processed.
  • Refunds cannot be issued within three weeks of an event taking place.
  • All refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee.
  • Events costing $25 and under are not eligible for refunds.
  • Your registration for a Spring Fling program constitutes permission to utilize photos taken of you at the event for news, promotion, and similar purposes.
  • Please contact the CLA Executive Director if you have questions.