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At this AALL Professional Development workshop, learn the basics of law cataloging as well as the nuts and bolts of legal subject headings and the classification of U.S. Legal materials, looseleafs, and electronic materials.

During this two and a half day workshop, participants will learn the basics of law cataloging. A combination of presentations, group exercises, and breakout sessions will focus on descriptive cataloging, choice of main entry and access points, LC subject headings, LC classification for U.S. legal materials, serials/looseleaf cataloging, MARC tagging, cataloging of electronic materials and authority work.

Participants will learn to:

  • Perform full-level bibliographic description using AACR2 Rev. for print and electronic resources
  • Choose the main entry for a work
  • Identify works that require uniform titles and create uniform titles for those works
  • Assign LC classification numbers for KF (Law of the U.S.) and apply the tables
  • Assign basic LC subject headings and subdivisions
  • Develop local practice guidelines for smaller libraries

Basic Law Cataloging addresses Specialized Competency 5: Collection Care and Management in the AALL Competencies of Law Librarianship.

Who Should Attend This Program?

This program is designed for new law librarians who are not familiar with law cataloging or those who need a refresher course.
The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on days 1 and 2, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on day 3.

Course Materials

In addition, each participant will be expected to bring a copy of the following:

AACR2 1998 Rev.

Lembke, Melody Busse and Lawrence, Rhonda K. Cataloging Legal Literature: a Manual on AACR2R and Library of Congress Subject Headings for Legal Materials. 3rd ed. Littleton, Colo.: Rothman, 1997-

Library of Congress KF schedule (1999 ed.)


Richard Amelung received his MALS from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1981. He has been the Head of Technical Services at St. Louis University Law Library since 1983, where he is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the activities of four departments with four professionals, five paraprofessionals and part-time personnel in cataloging, acquisitions, retrospective conversion, government documents, serials, and bindery

Janice Leichter is the Technical Services Librarian at Maslon, Edleman, Borman & Brand in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is currently working on an AAS in Computer Network Engineering. Leichter received her MLS in 1971 from Rutgers University. She has created an Intranet web-page for the library, evaluated and recommended electronic subscriptions and decreased usage of hard copy materials as well as upgrading the library database.

Ann Sitkin is the Cataloging Services Librarian at Harvard Law School Library where she has been employed since 1978. She received her MLS in 1970 from Columbia University. Sitkin has served on various task forces and conducted many workshops in her career. She currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Marie Whited, is the Manager of Cataloging Services at Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman, a position she has held since 1995. Prior to coming to Yale she served as a Law Catalog Liaison Specialist at the Law Library of Congress for two years. Whited received her MS in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1967 and has appeared as a speaker on many cataloging programs throughout her career.

If you are interested in scheduling this program, please fill out and submit a scheduling form.

Dates and Locations:

March 1, 2, & 3, 2002 - John Marshall Law School - Chicago, Illinois

Note: Was originally scheduled for September 21, 22 & 23, 2001


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This professional development opportunity is brought to you by the American Association of Law Libraries. For additional information, please contact Mary Jawgiel, AALL Education Manager, at 312-939-4764.

AALL recognizes major support from BNA, Inc. for the Professional Development Program.