Energising Your Professional Knowledge: Effective and Efficient Cataloguing with AACR2R & MARC21

Date : 21-23 May 2012
Venue: Quality Hotel, Shah Alam, Selangor

SBL HRDF Claimable (private sector) 


Cataloguing remains as a fundamental component of the field of library and information science. Library officials should attend workshops that integrate cataloguing theories with practice in order to increase their knowledge, as well as sharpen their skills of cataloguing and classifying. In addition, they will be able to update their cataloguing knowledge obtained from years ago.

This three-day workshop will provide participants with knowledge and skills to produce original and copy cataloguing records, in order to provide standard records that are of quality in accordance with the latest international standards. It is envisaged that participants will be able to identify this workshop as a catalyst for discussing issues and obtaining best practices in the areas of descriptive cataloguing and MARC 21.


By attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Acquire knowledge and skills for original descriptive cataloguing of information materials

2. Determine the access points for catalogue records

3. Determine the forms of headings for main and added entries

4. Apply descriptive cataloguing standards as an approach to provide access to catalogues for information materials

5. Use MARC 21 format for the preparation of computerised catalogue records

Main Topics

Descriptive Cataloguing

  • Description of monographs
  • Description of media materials
  • Choice of Access Points
    • Personal Authors
    • Corporate Bodies
    • Title
    • Uniform Title
  • Forms of Headings
    • Personal names
    • Names of corporate bodies
    • Geographical Name
    • Conference


  • Applications for Information Materials


21 May 2012 (Monday)

Time Programme
08:00  –  08:30 Registration
08:30  – 09:30 Cataloguing basics
09:30  – 10:30 Descriptive cataloguing: introduction
10:30 11:00 Morning refreshment
11:00  – 12:30 Descriptive cataloguing: description of monographs
12:30 – 02:00 Lunch
02.00 – 03:00 Descriptive cataloguing: description of media materials
03:00 – 05:00 Examples of records
Hands-on – Descriptive cataloguing of information materials
05:00 Afternoon refreshment


22 May 2012 (Tuesday)

Time Programme
08:00 – 08:30 Registration
08:30 – 09:30 Choice of access points
09:30 – 10:30 Forms of headings: personal names
10:30 11:00 Morning refreshment
11:00 – 12:30 Forms of headings:  corporate names, conferences and geographic names
12:30 02:00 Lunch
02:00 – 04:00 Examples of entries
Hands-on – Choice of access points and forms of headings
04:00 – 05:00 Questions & Discussions – issues in descriptive cataloguing
05:00 Afternoon refreshment


23 May 2012 (Wednesday)

Time Programme
08:00  –  08:30 Registration
08:30 – 10:30 MARC 21 format application for information materials: introduction, tags and indicators, fixed fields and variable fields
10:30 – 11:00 Morning refreshment
11:00 – 12:30 MARC 21 for monographs
12:30  02:00 Lunch
02:00 – 03:30 MARC 21 for media materials
03:30 – 04:30 Hands-on – Preparing MARC 21 original cataloguing records
04:30 – 05:00 Workshop review
Questions & Discussions
Presentation of certificates
05:00 Afternoon refreshment


Salmah Salleh
Consultant, Cataloguing & Information Management
M.L.S.(Loughborough); D.L.I.S.(Loughborough); B.Lib.Sc.(UiTM)

Prior to establishing Wisdom Synergy Enterprise, Ms Salmah Hj Salleh was a lecturer at the Faculty of Information Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), actively educating Library and Information Science students for more than seventeen years. Her areas of expertise are Cataloguing & Classification, Information Storage & Retrieval, Organisation of Information, Computerised Cataloguing, Metadata for Resource Recovery, Library Management, Community Information Services and Academic Libraries.

Ms Salmah began her professional career at Universiti Putra Malaysia (1978-1986). At UPM she was first a Library Officer, followed by a Reference Librarian and Cataloguer. Upon receiving the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (1979-1980), Salmah attained her Master’s in Library Science from the Loughborough University of Technology (UK). She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Library Studies from the Loughborough University of Technology and a Bachelor in Library Science from Institut Teknologi MARA, now known as UiTM. She was also a recipient of the BISA Fellowship (1984-1985) attached at the University of Sydney Library.

She had the opportunity whilst there to attend a two-week course (Information Method) at the Kurringgai College of Education (Sydney, NSW) and a two-week academic visit to libraries in Canberra, Australia.

In 1992, Salmah worked with INFOKRAF Malaysia for a data conversion consultancy project. She was also actively involved with organisations such as MASTIC, KTKM, ATMA and UPSI for similar projects. She was previously a member of ILMU (Integrated Library Management Utility), previously known as SISPUKOM (Sistem Perpustakaan Berkomputer), a text-based integrated library system.

Since her retirement from UiTM, she has been very active conducting courses, workshops, training and consultations for libraries and library professionals across Malaysia covering specific topics such as Cataloguing of Electronic Resources, Cataloguing and Classifying Information Resources, Cataloguing Policies, MARC Tagging and Coding, Organisation of Information Materials, Metadata, and NLM Classification.

An ardent and passionate cataloguer, Salmah was blessed with the opportunity to spread her expertise internationally when she was involved with Brunei and Acheh projects and her most recent overseas project was at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) in April 2010.