INFO 248-12
Beginning Cataloging and Classification
Spring 2022 Syllabus

Dr. Lei Zhang
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

Course Description

Theory and practice of bibliographic control including the study of descriptive cataloging standards (RDA with reference to AACR2), online cataloging using MARC format and other standards, and subject representation using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Classification (LCC), and Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC).

Course Requirements


Assignments cover topics that include:

  • Descriptive cataloging (supports CLO #1CLO #2CLO #3, and CLO #5)
  • Authority control (supports CLO #2 and CLO #3)
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings (supports CLO #1CLO #2, and CLO #3)
  • Library of Congress Classification (supports CLO #1 and CLO #3)
  • Dewey Decimal Classification (supports CLO #1 and CLO #3)
  • Overall issues and policies involved in cataloging & classification (supports CLO# 4)

Course Calendar

A detailed course calendar is available from the course site on the first day of the semester. It is subject to minor changes with fair notice.

Week Topics Assignments & Due Dates

Week 1

January 26-30


Week 2

January 31-February 6

Descriptive cataloging  

Week 3

February 7-13

Descriptive cataloging OCLC quiz due Feb 13

Week 4

February 14-20

Descriptive cataloging

Descriptive cataloging quiz due Feb 20

Week 5

February 21-27

Descriptive cataloging Descriptive cataloging MARC record due Feb 27

Week 6

February 28-March 6

Access points and authority control  

Week 7

March 7-13

Access points and authority control Access points/authority control quiz due Mar 13

Week 8

March 14-20

Access points and authority control Access points/authority control MARC record due Mar 20

Week 9

March 21-27

Subject cataloging  

Week 10

March 28-April 3

Spring recess  

Week 11

April 4-10

Subject cataloging LCSH quiz due Apr 10

Week 12

April 11-17

Subject cataloging LCC/DDC quiz due Apr 17

Week 13

April 18-24

Subject cataloging LCSH MARC record due Apr 24

Week 14

April 25-May 1

Cataloging present and future Management of cataloging exercise due May 1

Week 15

May 2-8

Cataloging present and future  

Week 16

May 9-15

Wrap up LCC/DDC MARC record due May 16


Assignment Weight
Assignment 1: Descriptive cataloging MARC record CLO #1CLO #2CLO #5 10%
Assignment 2: Access points/authority control MARC record CLO #2 15%
Assignment 3: LCSH MARC record CLO #1CLO #3 15%
Assignment 4: LCC/DDC MARC record CLO #1CLO #3 15%
Exercises and quizzes CLO #1CLO #2CLO #3CLO# 4CLO #5 45%
TOTAL 100%

There are ungraded exercises and quizzes. All graded assignments are due by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on the due date. Grades will be reduced for late work by ten percent per day late. Please contact the instructor prior to the due date in cases of illness or emergency.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 202

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply standardized cataloging tools to catalog and classify materials in different formats.
  2. Describe the basic workings of automated catalogs and how the process of cataloging and classification impacts them.
  3. Define the impact of cataloging decisions on user retrieval.
  4. Identify current issues in cataloging, cataloging policy, and organization of new formats.
  5. Describe basic cataloging and how it fits into the profession of librarianship.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 248 supports the following core competencies:

  1. G Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele.


No Textbooks For This Course.

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

In order to request an accommodation in a class please contact the Accessible Education Center and register via the MyAEC portal.

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