MARC 21 and Cataloging for the 21st Century Workshop

From November 23, 2009 to November 25, 2009 thirty-three library personnel from public, private and academic libraries throughout Belize participated in a cataloging workshop using MARC standards. The facilitator, Mrs. Cheryl Peltier-Davis, a cataloguer from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, is originally from Trinidad and was thus uniquely suited to equip Belizean library staff who may encounter rare materials specific to Belize of various formats. This training was sponsored by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO-Belize) and was held at the George Price Center for Peace and Development in Belmopan. The first two days of the training overviewed the cataloging of monographs, serials and audiovisual materials, beginning with the basics and seamlessly transitioning into inputting information into an integrated library system (ILS) using MARC.

Mrs. Peltier-Davis referenced Library of Congress (LC) and OCLC as online resources to aid in cataloging and guided the group through practical examples. An overhead projector was used to review the spiral-bound slides that each person received upon entering the training and each person had a computer to access the aforementioned online resource tools. The final day was dedicated to cataloging Internet resources and included a net meeting with Juliana Sousa, a BIREME representative from Brazil, who provided an overview of the Virtual Health Library (VHL), its utility and structure. One capability of the VHL is to download the MARC version of a record and likewise the ability to upload records using MARC standards. The workshop concluded with the issuance of certificates of participation by the Chief Librarian, Mrs. Joy Ysaguirre preceded by a few words from a representative of the Minister of Education, Mr. Sheldon Samuels.