Online with the CMC 2019/20 Schedule

Join staff from the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) for Online with the CMC. Each one-hour chat session will begin with a short presentation on a general cataloging topic. The session will then be opened for questions on the presentation as well as on any cataloging topic. Discussion after the presentation is encouraged!

The presentations will not focus on any integrated library system or on local practices of any library or consortium.

If you are unable to attend the live sessions, recordings will be made available. Register for these webinars in LibraryLearning (L2).


August 15, 2019 | Cataloging Local Authors, History, and Genealogy

This month’s topic: Cataloging Local Authors, History, and Genealogy: Determining whether an author is local or not requires research. An author is local if he or she was born, educated, worked, or resided in Illinois. Cataloging local history and genealogy items will also be discussed. Register at:


September 19, 2019 | To be a Series or not to be a Series

This month’s topic: Series: A series statement for a series title, statement of responsibility, will be discussed. How to format the 490 and the 8xx fields will be covered. Register at:


October 17, 2019 | Subject Analysis

This month’s topic: Subject Analysis: Subject analysis can be complicated. Subject headings or topics that match the item being cataloged need to be determined. The 20% rule, which recommends assigning headings only for topics that comprise at least 20% of the work, is still applicable. Register at:


November 21, 2019: Cataloging Kits

This month’s topic: Cataloging Kits: Multiple items cataloged as one unit, kits, can be challenging. MARC fields and RDA guidelines for kits will be discussed. Register at:


December 19, 2019 | Language, Idioma, Sprache, La Langue: Cataloging Foreign Language Materials

This month’s topic: Cataloging Foreign Language Materials: Cataloging materials in a foreign language can be challenging. Tips, tricks, and resources for cataloging foreign language materials will be shared. Register at:


January 16, 2020 | Cataloging Rare Books

This month’s topic: Cataloging Rare Books: Printed materials in special collections require additional details of description in order to identify significant characteristics (bibliographical format, typeface, etc.), which help identify a resource (editions, impressions, or issues), and provide a more exact description of the resource. Register at: