• Catalogue and index - the periodical of CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group
  • Code4Lib journal - to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future
  • IFLA journal - an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries
  • IFLA metadata newsletter
  • OLAC newsletter - a quarterly publication of the Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc.






  • RIMMF is a visualisation tool for cataloguers.
  • A RIMMF-ball is data about a set of related entities, using local RIMMF (RDA in Many Metadata Formats) syntax.
  • Downloads FrameBase RIMMF-ball (zip file) – a curated set of Work, Expression, and Manifestations RIMMF records relating to the works of Janet Frame.

Last updated: December 17, 2019 (JHS)


CatSIG held a professional development day for cataloguers on the 16th October 2016. Below are some of the presentations which were shared.



Fighting the Good Fight: Metadata in Research Data Management / Erin Skinner

  • Proper metadata is key in understanding, interpreting and publishing research data. In this presentation we will look at what we have discovered about metadata use as part of an ongoing Research Data Management pilot project and some problem areas. We will also briefly discuss discipline-specific metadata standards.
  • Presentation slides

Good Enough? / Charlotte Christensen

  • What makes a record 'good' or 'not good enough'? No cataloguer can do everything, but how do you decide what is important? This presentation will give an overview of how to look at MARC records and assess their value to your own library. It will help you decide what's worth 'fixing' for your use, and what can be left alone.
  • Presentation slides 

Metadata Librarians, the Artists Formerly Known as Cataloguers / Becky Dames

  • Lincoln University has embraced shelf-ready titles, ebooks, and the shared knowledge of an ever-improving cataloguing community to allow us to more easily manage our traditional collections and redistribute our traditional cataloguing time. With the Research Archive housing student and academic research, and the Living Heritage site preserving, sharing and connecting our community history, our focus has shifted from creating perfect bibliographic records to raising the visibility of our assets in a global environment. The combination of cataloguing and digital skillsets is key to effective metadata creation in these new environments. This talk explores Lincoln University’s move into digital metadata, where we’ve come from, how we got here, and what we’re planning next.
  • Presentation slides 

Collections Online / Adam Moriarty

  • This talk is an example-rich, practical introduction to Linked [Open] Data (LOD). Using Auckland Museum’s recent Collections Online project and knowledge gained during the recent Paul Reynolds Scholarship, I will present an overview of how this technology can enable collaboration and sharing of data outside your institution.  I will highlight the metadata mapping process, workflows and backend technology required for a successful project.
  • Presentation slides

Integrating Music Resources From One Library to Another: Using Excel, MarcEdit, the National Union Catalogue and OCLC / Skalk van der Merwe

  • A presentation on how we used MS Excel and Marc Edit to create a Marc file using Massey University bibliographic and item data to batch load into Voyager / Alma.
  • Presentation slides

Te Puna Services / Vanessa McDonald

  • An update on the services, and a chance for Q&A – comments/ ideas / issues / discussion welcome.
  • Presentation slides 

Last updated: November 28, 2018 (JHS)


Dewey 23: An Overview of the Changes (A National Library powerpoint presentation)

The following WebDewey training tutorials were produced by National Library of New Zealand staff for in-house training. Each tutorial takes about an hour and is designed for cataloguers to work through at their own pace. Once staff have completed a tutorial we recommend at least a two week period using the Web Dewey interface to consolidate learning before moving to the next tutorial.

  1. Introduction to WebDewey 
  2. WebDewey Beginners Tutorial 
  3. WebDewey Advanced Tutorial 
  4. WebDewey Literature Numbers 


National Library of New Zealand staff have created the following collection of tutorials for in-house training, and we are making these available to other libraries. The training programme requires no prior knowledge of the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Tutorials can be used by a trainer to introduce the principles of Web Dewey to new cataloguers, or cataloguers can work through these at their own pace, or select which tutorial seems most relevant. Each module takes approximately an hour.

All tutorials are based on the WebDewey interface of version 23 of the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

Session 1: Introduction to DDC 

  • Principles of classification, the main parts of DDC 23, how to classify, the relative index, principles of hierarchy, the concept of  disciplines, interdisciplinary numbers, and comprehensive works

Session 2: Introduction to number building and standard subdivisions 

  • Table 1 standard subdivisions, basic principles of number building, and rules about zeroes, and tables of preference

Session 3: Table 2 subdivisions, and history and geography 

  • An introduction to geographic subdivisions, and to the 900 class

Session 4:  Advanced number building 

  • The concepts of ‘approximating the whole’, ‘class here’ & ‘including’ notes

Session 5: Classifying literary works by a single author 

  • An introduction to the 800s, Table 3, and Table 3A

Session 6a: Classifying literary works by more than one author 

  • An introduction to Table 3B and Table 3C

Session 6b: Additional notes relating to literature and rhetoric 

  • Extra notes and examples, including rhetoric and creative writing, collections of works from multiple literatures, and Māori and Pacific literatures

Session 6c: Extra practice exercises from Table 3B 

  • Practice exercises and model answers

Session 7: Language, linguistics, nationalities, and ethnic groups 

  • An introduction to the 400s, and tables 4, 5 and 6

Session 8: Classifying law and legal materials 

  • An introduction to the 340s

And, as always, follow the Dewey Blog here in order to stay up to date on the latest news.

Last updated: November 28, 2018 (JHS)

Click to access the login or register cheese