LIBR 513


MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: completion of LIBR Core
MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the iSchool Graduate Advisor


  • Understand and utilize the historical and current theories and principles, as well as the traditional and nontraditional descriptive cataloguing techniques that serve as the basis of descriptive cataloguing practice.
  • Create and/or interpret and evaluate what someone else has created, i.e. bibliographic descriptions for a variety of serial and other special materials
  • To establish name access points for those materials according to international standards adopted by the library community, and in the context of computer-based storage and retrieval systems.
  • Assess the relevance of descriptive cataloguing in modern library and non-library efforts to organize and provide access to information.
  • Have a command of the major tools and resources for the bibliographic control of monographs and serials and other special materials, and of the current issues and trends in their management.


By the end of this course you should show evidence of the development of confidence and skill in a number of areas related to the content of LIBR513. Specifically, you should be able to:

  • Identify and understand the significance of the different bibliographic situations that arise in monographs [and other book-like documents/information packages], as well as in the range of serial and other “special” materials
  • Sense when a bibliographic situation can give rise to some problem, identify the nature of the problem, and develop some strategy for dealing with it
  • Exercise judgement and interpret the purpose of the rules in cases where their literal application may not seem to immediately fit the situation
  • Assess the nature of the content of the material, not just its bibliographic presentation, in deciding upon the choice and application of rules
  • Assess which policies appear best for a particular environment, for example, in the choice among options, in relating rules to available technologies, and in deciding what is cost-effective
  • Judge the value, in a given situation, of expending more or less effort on searching for and recording bibliographic data, and assess the applicability for local use of metadata derived from other source
  • Assess and evaluate your own and others’ attempts at bibliographic control.


  • Review of Description, including ISBD and MARC
  • Name Access points, Choice of Name Access Points
  • Name Authority Control
  • Personal Names
  • Corporate Names
  • Names of Works
  • Uniform Titles. Name. Title Access Points
  • “Traditional” Serials, E-journals, other Electronic Materials
  • Bibliographical Control of Special Materials