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Must See Sites for Technical Services: Learning & Laughter

Tutorials and Games

Learn about cataloging and classification! Work at your own pace, at your convenience, with great tutorials: 

Catalogers Learning Workshop (CLW) provides information professionals free training resources related to the organization and classification of bibliographic information.

ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services) webinar recordings available at no cost 6 months after the original presentation.

Dewey Training Courses From OCLC: Dewey Classification training modules, WebDewey training modules and related materials

Fundamentals  of Library of Congress Classification An authoritative standardized training in the principles and practices of Library of Congress Classification (LCC).

Fundamentals of the NLM Classification  A set of modules and interactive exercises that students may take at their own pace


Librarianship Studies & Information Technology Explanations of several topics in cataloging from the blog by Salman Haider.


A series of tutorials from Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) Program

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The Future of Technical Services A 3-part presentation for ALCTS (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services) by Amy Weis of Florida State University and Julie Moore of California State University, Fresno


Cataloging the Weird Stuff A SlideShare presentation created by Nanette Donohue, Technical Services Manager, Champaign Public Library; sponsored by ILA Resources and Technical Services Forum

Library of Congress tutorial - Call number and Shelving; from Kent State University. Java is needed for this.

Dewey games Flashcards, Matching and Concentration; Java is needed for these


The Lighter Side of Cataloging

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. – e.e. cummings

Dewey Decimal Rap video

Behind the Scenes - Technical Services What happens before a book, CD or other item makes it to the library shelves? Take a fun, tongue-in-cheek, behind the scenes look at the Arlington Heights (Illinois) Memorial Library Technical Services department.

The Whimsy of Cataloging by Richard A. Murray

FakeAACR2 Twitter account Created by a cataloging student Alexandra Beaton at UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science

Quotes about catalogers

Some speculate that [catalogers] are aliens from a faraway galaxy who have come to Earth to tidy things up a bit. --Will Manley, American Libraries, July/Aug. 1994

Catalogers do not have OCD.  They have CDO.  It's the same as OCD except the letters are in alphabetical order. -- AUTOCAT discussion list