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Wednesday, March 27 • 1:30pm - 6:30pm
Clarifying the Quagmire of Cataloging Book Arts and Artists' Publications

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Listed beginning and end times for this off-site event include travel time for the recommended transportation method. The actual workshop begins at 2 pm and ends at 6 pm. Transportation details are below.

This workshop requires pre-registration. Fee: $35

Cataloging book arts and artists' publications can pose unique challenges, but presents an opportunity to provide and improve access to distinctive collections.

This workshop will aid catalogers working with book arts and artists' publications by elucidating common issues and thornier cases. The materials covered in the workshop will include artists' books, zines and graphic novels (including art-zines and comics), with example items sourced from the Marriott Library's Special Collections Division.

The workshop will cover basic cataloging of these materials; provide recommendations for applying RDA rules focusing on the new fields and subfields incorporating proper usage and formatting; assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings; appropriate utilization and discussing local headings instead of problematic LCSH; utilization of thesauri AAT, ARLIS' Thesaurus for Artists' Books, and RBMS for form terms; using Library of Congress Genre Form Terms outlining the new terms and drawing on consensus of function and assignment; and naming the creators and the 386 creator characteristics field, how much information is needed, and creator's pseudonyms.

Learning Objectives
  • RDA rules, utilization and functionality.
  • Controlled vocabulary for subject/form/genre access: LCSH and LCGFT: new terms and assigning; using other thesauri to describe form terms with artists’ books
  • What to do with creator’s names and pseudonyms, name authorities, and allocating terms for the 386 field Creator Characteristics

Transportation: This workshop will be held in the Special Collections Classroom of the J. Willard Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus. To travel as a group to this location, meet at the Grand America Hotel 600 South Entrance (Level 1) at 1:25 p.m. Light rail tickets to campus are $2.50 one way or $5.00 round trip. Ticket kiosks accept cash and debit/credit cards.

Alternatively, to speed the ticket purchasing process, please consider downloading in advance the UTA GoRide mobile ticketing app from your favorite app store.

Welcome Reception: This workshop will conclude at 6:00 p.m. The conference Welcome Reception will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, also on campus at the University of Utah and a 5-minute walk from the library. Workshop attendees should plan accordingly. Shuttle transportation back to the conference hotel will be from Welcome Reception.


Elizabeth Smart

Humanities & Media Librarian, Pepperdine University

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Allison McCormack

Original Cataloger for Special Collections, University of Utah
Allie McCormack is the Original Cataloger for Special Collections at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library, where she works with a wide variety of materials including medieval manuscripts, 19th-century photography collections, and modern artists’ books. She holds an M.A. in... Read More →

Jennifer Page

Librarian, National Museum of Women in the Arts
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Kelly Swickard

Metadata and Linked Data Strategist, Project MUSE
Kelly Swickard is a cataloging and metadata librarian who has over ten years’ experience working in academic librarianship.  Currently, she works as the Metadata and Linked Data Strategist at Project MUSE. Her interactions with library users and researchers has driven her to focus... Read More →

Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:30pm - 6:30pm MDT
J. Willard Marriott Library, Special Collections Classroom 295 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0860