Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: LibraryU, a program of the Illinois State Library and the regional library systems
Length: 1 hour

This course, aimed at library staff new to cataloging, provides an introduction to the purpose, importance and varieties catalogs. It also provides the learner with a basic orientation to standard cataloging activities.

Topics covered include:

  • The underlying concepts of cataloging
  • A brief history of cataloging
  • An explanation of why cataloging is important
  • An overview of the characteristics and varieties of library cataloging.
  • The varieties of OPAC displays
  • The three different types of cataloging activity

Course Design: updated by WebJunction

Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: LibraryU, a program of the Illinois State Library and the regional library systems
Length: 1 hour

This course provides a great introduction for any library staff, assistants or volunteer needing to learn how to shelve items by the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system.

One of the most time-consuming tasks for library staff is training assistants and volunteers about classification systems and how to properly shelve materials. Few tasks are more vital for shelf maintenance and patron access. This lesson provides online training that will help new staff members and volunteers become productive as quickly as possible with a minimum of time investment by the professional librarian.

After completing this training, the learners will be able to accurately read shelves and properly file materials according to the Dewey Decimal System in a school or public library.

Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: LibraryU, a program of the Illinois State Library and the regional library systems
Length: 1 hour

This course provides a great introduction for any library staff, assistants or volunteer needing to learn how to shelve items by the classification system used by the Library of Congress (LC).

One of the most time-consuming tasks for library staff is training assistants and volunteers about classification systems and how to properly shelve materials. Few tasks are more vital for shelf maintenance and patron access. This lesson provides online training that will help new staff members and volunteers become productive as quickly as possible with a minimum of time investment by the professional librarian.

After completing this training, the learner will be able to accurately read shelves and properly file materials according to Library of Congress (LC) standards.

Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: LibraryU, a program of the Illinois State Library and the regional library systems
Length: 1 hour

One of the most time-consuming tasks for library staff is training assistants and volunteers about classification systems and how to properly shelve materials. Few tasks are more vital for shelf maintenance and patron access. This series of Shelving modules is designed to provide online training that will help new staff members and volunteers become productive as quickly as possible with a minimum of time investment by the professional librarian.

The module explains the classification system used with NLM.

After completing this training, the learners will be able to accurately read shelves and properly file materials according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) standards.

Format: Self-paced Course
Developed by: LibraryU, a program of the Illinois State Library and the regional library systems
Length: 1 hour

Mention collection development and most librarians think of the selection of new materials for the library. Weeding - removing library materials from your collection - is an often forgotten, yet integral part of collection development. In this course you will first discover why that is true, and then learn the techniques of weeding, develop policies and avoid common pitfalls.

The information is relevant to all types of libraries and addresses the weeding of all types of library materials, including adult and children's collections, as well as print and non-print materials.

Learning Objectives

  • State the reasons for weeding the library collection.
  • Identify print and online resources to aid in planning an effective weeding program.
  • Adapt published weeding guidelines to develop criteria for weeding their collection.
  • Develop a weeding plan for the library which includes a schedule, criteria for specific subject areas and material types, and procedures.
  • Explain positive solutions to avoid common pitfalls and problems with weeding such as "unweedable" gifts, "sacred" memorial donations, the "recommended collection size" trap, fear of admitting a selection error, and others.
  • Incorporate weeding in the library's collection management policy.
  • Identify tools associated with automated library catalogs that can assist in weeding such as inventory reports, collection age reports, and others.