a website for all New Zealand cataloguers

Professional Development (including Training)

To access resources that can be used as part of the cataloguing process click here

CatSIG (LIANZA Cataloguing Special Interest Group)

Information about CatSIG can be found on the LIANZA website.

Please subscribe to the CatSIG Listserv for all the latest on cataloguing and RDA in New Zealand by following the instructions given.

Visit our Catapult page for the most recent and past issues of Catapult (Newsletter of the LIANZA Cataloguing Special Interest Group (CatSIG))

Professional development day for cataloguers, October 2016 

Professional development day for cataloguers, August 2018

Related organisations
ACOC (Australian Committee on Cataloguing) 

ORDAC (Oceania RDA Committee)

RDA Steering Committee (RSC)


Autocat - issues related to cataloging and classification

RDA Listserv - open discussion of RDA and related topics

Bibframe Listerv - Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum

NZLibs Listserv - library and information services in New Zealand/Aotearoa

AustNatlib RDA listserv - the Resource Description and Access (RDA) discussion list for Australia

CatSIG - LIANZA Cataloguing Special Interest Group (CatSIG)

Online open-source cataloguing journals

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.


Click here for training tutorials on using WebDewey

Which programming language should I learn first? - Article for those starting out in computer programming, addressing the first and perhaps most challenging question which code to choose first, that will make their skills useful and marketable

Library Carpentry - Software and data skills for library professionals

Code Academy - Learn to code  

Catalogers Learning Workshop (CLW) - Freely available cataloguing and metadata training materials from the Library of Congress

Metadata Training Resources from the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative - a great place to start if you're looking at becoming familiar with Dublin Core and related metadata initiatives

XML in Libraries: A Workshop

ALCTS webinar archive and ALCTS YouTube channel - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association (ALCTS) delivers a regular program of short courses and webinars of which they generously make their paid for webinars available free after six months

Future developments

BIBFRAME: Bibliographic Framework Initiative
Visit the official Library of Congress Bibliographic Framework Initiative page for announcements, information, and resources related to the initiative
Includes a BIBFRAME presentations Webcasts and presentations

BIBFRAME.ORG contains demonstration material for BIBFRAME 2.0 Tools.

New Bibliographic Framework: Update with Eric Miller, presented at the Library of Congress, July 16th, 2012

Bibliographic Framework Initiative Approach for MARC Data as Linked Data, by Sally McCallum,  from a talk given at IGeLU, 2012.
Transcript of the talk is also available as a Google doc

BIBFRAME Presentations from NLNZ Cataloguers
BibFrame Resources Handout (went out with our first BibFrame talk)

BibFrame Talk #2: MARC Death: The BibFrame Play feat. The Weird Instances by Catherine Amey- Note: This was a "hands-on" presentation and the powerpoint is more a guide to what happened in the room than a fully-formed presentation.

BibFrame Talk #3: Linked Data in the Wild by Steven Clement

Linked data

The recent International Group of Ex Libris Users (IGeLU) Developers Day presentations are available on the IGeLU and ELUNA Show & Tell YouTube channel. Included in the playlist is the presentation Linked Data in Alma and Primo: the Plot Thickens. This two-part presentation by Laura Ackerman and Josh Weisman demonstrates the new linked data functionality in Alma and Primo.
Video link:

RDA - Information about the 3R Project including a link to the Toolkit Beta site

RDA Toolkit YouTube channel

IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM) - Gordon Dunsire’s website for presentations on metadata, LRM, the 3R Project etc. Pat Riva. (2018). The IFLA Library Reference Model : Lectio magistralis in Library science = Il
modello concettuale IFLA Library Reference Model : Lectio magistralis in Biblioteconomia. Fiesole (Firenze) : Casalini Libri.
DOI English text: 10.1400/256779; DOI Italian text: 10.1400/256781

RIMMF - RDA in Many Metadata Formats
RIMMF is a visualisation tool for cataloguers. For more details see:

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

Last updated: December 14, 2018 (JHS)