Polaris Training

Hello all! I am starting my first library job this fall at a high school library.  My predecessor recommended that I do training this summer, which I am anxious to do so there will be one less stress at the beginning of the school year.  I signed up for Barcoding in Polaris in July, but he also mentioned doing a Cataloging in Polaris class as well.  I haven't seen any of those posted since May.  Is there any other training people would recommend I go to or will Barcoding be enough for now? Thanks for the input! Annie McClellan

In case you missed it on the SHARE listserv (visit the listserv page on this website to subscribe):

MARC Coding - Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 9 AM - 12 PM
An introduction to MARC (Machine-Readable Cataloging) formatting in bibliographic records. Topics include the structure of a MARC record and how fields are formatted using tags, indicators, and subfields. We will also look at how the MARC record determines what is seen by the patron in the Public Access Catalog (PAC).

Searching and Matching - AKA "Can I use this record?" - Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1-4 PM
In this class, participants will learn the criteria that is used to determine if a bibliographic record in the database is a match for an item in hand. Topics include effective search strategies for different formats of material, the match points used when comparing an item to a record, as well as the differences between a monograph and a serial record. Searching will primarily be done in the SHARE Polaris database rather than OCLC. A basic understanding of MARC coding is required.

You don't have to commit to the entire day if you can only attend one or the other of the classes. However, you do need a basic understanding of MARC coding for the searching and matching class in the afternoon.

If you're new to cataloging or barcoding and are wondering where to start, MARC coding is the first class to take. An understanding of MARC is one of the fundamentals of cataloging.

For SHARE catalogers, both of these classes will count toward the required 15 hours of cataloging continuing education for this fiscal year (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014)

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