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Online with the CMC Webinars

2022-2023 Webinar Schedule

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Special topics in cataloging in 20 minutes.

Learn the nuances of cataloging and collection discoverability in 20 minutes when you attend the Cataloging Maintenance Center’s Online with the CMC. These brief, 15- to 20-minute webinars, led by CMC cataloging and metadata experts, cover a different challenging or interesting cataloging special topic each month, such as examining accessibility in cataloging and how to use some of the less-common MARC fields. A 40-minute Q&A session follows each presentation, allowing participants to seek clarification or ask about additional cataloging topics.

Online with the CMC webinars are free to all library workers in Illinois thanks to a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Webinar Schedule 

Register for these classes via the Library Directory & Learning Calendar (L2) website using the links below. Please note: This year, our Online with the CMC webinars are moving to the second Tuesday of each month.

Watch the rerun of any of our past Online with the CMC events in the recordings archive

Browse past webinars

The Basics of Digitizing Photographs

Aug. 11, 2022

A picture is worth a thousand words—but only if your patrons can find it. Join CMC intern Emily Doehring and metadata cataloger Katy Egts as they discuss some of the common methods, tools, and techniques for digitizing photographs and inputting metadata.

Register for Basics of Digitizing Photographs

Don’t Go Changing: The New 334, 340, & 563 MARC Fields

Sept. 8, 2022

Although the 334 field (Mode of Issuance) is not new, it is now used for more than just continuing resources. Using examples cataloged by the CMC, Dr. Pamela Thomas and Eric McKinney discuss uses for this field, as well as how MARC fields 340 (Physical Medium) and 563 (Binding Information) are used and evolving.

Register for Don't Go Changing

Getting to Know You: Special Collections in Your Library

Oct. 13, 2022

What exactly is a special collection? How are they cataloged? Join Barbera Scoby as she discusses special collections cataloging with examples from Lincoln, Dixon, and Sallie Logan public libraries.

Register for Getting to Know You

Cataloging with an EDIA Focus

Nov. 10, 2022

Can catalogers improve equity of access to materials? Yes, they can! This month, Mary Cornell and Katy Egts share how to approach cataloging with an equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility focus (EDIA), including the creation and advocacy of inclusive terminology and metadata that promotes equity, diversity, and accessibility.

Register for Cataloging with an EDIA Focus

O Brother, Part 2: What to Do With the 024, 028, & 588 Fields for Videocassettes and Kits?

Dec. 8, 2022

We’re back with part 2 of talking about the 024, 028, and 588 fields, this time focusing on videocassettes and kits. What in the world is this “other standard identifier” (MARC 024)? How do you code publisher numbers (MARC 028)? And how can the source description help patrons (MARC 588)? Eric McKinney explains.

Register for O Brother, Part 2

Looking to the Future: How to Learn About Linked Data and BIBFRAME

Jan. 12, 2023

You keep hearing about “linked data” and “BIBFRAME” and want to know more…but where do you start? Join the Cataloging Maintenance Center Bibliographic Grant Manager, Dr. Pamela Thomas, as she walks through her process of learning about linked data and BIBFRAME from the perspective of a beginner. This presentation will provide a brief overview of linked data and BIBFRAME, how linked data works, and share resources for continuing your learning experience.

Register for Looking to the Future

Stop Wasting Time: Adding MARC 033 and 518 Fields

Feb. 9, 2023

When a recording contains a live event, but the bibliographic record omits the MARC 033 and 518 fields (Date/Time and Place of an Event and Date/Time and Place of an Event Note), patrons searching for date- and place-based resources may not find it. This month, Dr. Pamela Thomas discusses how these MARC fields work together in a bibliographic record to provide valuable information to patrons, sharing examples of each.

Register for Stop Wasting Time

A Global Journey: Cataloging World Languages

March 9, 2023

You may be able to speak a world language, but can you catalog it? Join us as CMC Cataloger Mary Cornell offers tricks and tips for cataloging world language materials using examples of records and resources used by the CMC.

Register for A Global Journey

A Stitch in Time: Basic (or Budget) Book Repair

April 13, 2023

This April, we’re joined by a guest cataloger, Linda Johnson of the SHARE consortium’s bibliographic services department, to learn more about the cataloging-adjacent topic of book repair. Listen as Linda shares her experience in handling book repairs at a public library while keeping to a budget.

Register for A Stitch in Time

Treasure Troves of the Past: Digging into Cataloging Local History

May 11, 2023

Local history is broader than you may think, encompassing town newspapers, family histories, cookbooks, maps…the list goes on. In this webinar, CMC Cataloger Mary Cornell digs into cataloging local history items for your library using examples from genealogy, yearbooks, and more!

Register for Treasure Troves of the Past


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The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) provides statewide cataloging support for Illinois libraries, including free original and copy cataloging of eligible special collections, consultation on metadata projects, database cleanup for LLSAPs, cataloging training, and more. Funding for the CMC is provided through the Illinois State Library and the Secretary of State and administered by Illinois Heartland Library System. Learn more about the CMC at