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Masterclasses with Concetta La Spada, Summer 2020

This Summer, Beginning Cataloguing is delighted to host three masterclasses with our Associate Concetta La Spada, who is Senior Metadata Librarian at Cambridge University Press. As a librarian working in the publishing industry, Concetta uses a range of tools to maintain and update the press’s many online products.

Taking place via Zoom, each masterclass will consist of a presentation (20-25 minutes) followed by questions and discussion. They are an opportunity for you to find out more about the standards and tools Concetta is using, and also to let us know if there are any on which you would like her to run a “how to” class in future.

The first two topics are set, with the third being determined based on feedback from attendees. Each class takes place at 12 noon (British Summer Time) and lasts for just under an hour.

1. Beginning Data Manipulation, Friday 26 June, 12 noon (British Summer Time)

Concetta will talk us through the use of MarcEdit she described in her recent case study, published in Catalogue & Index (available open access here). If you are not familiar with MarcEdit, this is a chance to see how straightforward it is to make significant batch modifications to data, and to ask questions. If you are already a MarcEdit aficionado, it’s an opportunity to hear how Concetta is using it and to share a little of your own experience in the discussion part of the meeting. FREE, but please register in advance here.

2. Beginning Copy Cataloguing, Monday 27 July, 12 noon (British Summer Time)

In this masterclass, Concetta will share the tools she uses to train copy cataloguers at Cambridge University Press. Some of these are used widely in libraries while others are native to the publishing industry, so this is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the cross-fertilization of ideas and techniques across the sectors. £6, please register in advance when booking opens on 26 June.

3. Topic to be announced, Monday 10 August, 12 noon (British Summer Time)

One of our goals for these masterclasses is to discover what training needs cataloguers have. Based on our discussions on 26 June and 27 July, Concetta will use this masterclass to look at one of the tools she uses day-to-day to manipulate data. £6, please register in advance when booking opens on 27 July.

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