Planning batch cataloging projects

Webinar presented for ALA Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures


Many libraries have uncataloged collections or backlogs which could benefit from batch processing, and much professional development for metadata specialists focuses on software tools that can facilitate this work, but it is not always clear how to get started putting those new skills into action. This webinar will introduce the basics of planning a batch cataloging project. Attendees will be led through a series of questions to help them identify appropriate projects for a batch cataloging approach, evaluate available technological and personnel resources, and assess their starting point based on a batch cataloging framework. The webinar will cover designing a workflow by mapping potential metadata pathways, as well as how to select the appropriate tools and technologies for an efficient workflow.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to

• Identify projects that are good candidates for a batch cataloging approach
• Plan a batch cataloging workflow
• Select appropriate technologies and tools for various steps of a batch cataloging project