Training Programs

Periodicals Cataloging and Indexing
Periodicals are very important as a main source of information; they represent the most up-to-date publications in the various specialties. Researchers in all fields (especially in the fields of science and technology, and other areas of scientific research) mainly rely on peer-refereed scientific journals to be able to access the latest information in any field. The Course covers all what is related to the technical preparation of this source of information using machine readable cataloging through rules of “MARC 21”. The Course also covers types of periodicals, how to distinguish between them and the other sources of information, and the creation of bibliographic records and holdings records.

Workshop Authority Control
The Workshop focuses on the importance of authority control, creating an authority file, and its supporting rules, as well as the basics of applications using electronic cataloging through “MARC 21”. The Workshop includes lectures and practical exercises on how to form entries and cross references, types of authority files, and how to create each type, such as authority file for names, entities, geographical names, and subject headings.

Dewey Decimal Classification
The Course explains the combination of the theoretical approach and the practical application of Dewey classification. The Course introduces the basic concept of classification and its development since its establishment, then it demonstrates the tables of Dewey Decimal Classification 22nd edition, while focusing on some of the most widely used numbers, with some examples. The Course includes some lectures on the scientific and practical methods for understanding books topics in a systematic manner. Some lectures include practical exercises and classifications of subjects, such as literature, folk literature, religion, and Islamic history.

Machine Readable Cataloging “MARC 21” Part 1
The Course includes an introduction on “MARC 21” rules, and in-depth explanations on all basic fields, subfields, and indicators.

Collection Development
The Course introduces the basic concepts and rules followed by libraries to build up and develop their collections of books and other information resources according to a comprehensive vision for the best interest of library audience and the beneficiaries community. The Course highlights the importance of collection development policies in libraries, and other topics related to collection development of all types of information resources. The Course also covers the criteria for selecting new resources, collections evaluation, the role of reference services specialist in the collection development process, and the different stages of information resources acquisition; starting from titles selection until physical placement of shelves.

Collection Development of Electronic Resources and Services in Libraries
The Course discusses the impact of electronic publishing on library collection development policies. The Course introduces the various types of electronic resources, criteria for choosing this type of information resources, and rules for developing its collections in light of the general acquisition policy, as well as elements of evaluating the electronic content (in terms of attributes of the product, license of use, access methods, price, and more). The Course focuses on the use of the different databases characteristics, including search and display tools; then preview of search results, and access the final content of abstracts, full texts or other diverse information provided by the electronic resources. The Course also sheds light on how to formulate accurate and effective strategies to search the electronic databases according to each type, and their associated services in libraries.

Subjective Cataloging
The Course explains all concepts, practices, and principles for the optimal usage of Arabic subject headings and their data entries in the form of “MARC 21”. The course includes a number of practical exercises.

Workshop: Reference Materials
The Workshop introduces the various types of references, attributes of each type separately, how information is presented, and methods of using each type according to the characteristics of the required information and according to requirements of answering queries of library users. The Workshop also includes practical exercises on the uses of each type of references.