RDA preconference at CLA Annual registration closes Friday 10/18 5pm


Back by popular demand!

Last year’s RDA pre-conference workshop was sold-out and we are happy to offer an updated RDA training workshop again!

Please join us for the 2013 California Library Association pre-conference workshop “Basic Cataloging with RDA,” presented by Luiz Mendes (CSU Northridge) and Kevin Balster (UCLA), sponsored by the CLA Technical Services Interest Group and co-sponsored by the CLA Chinese American Librarians Interest Group. The pre-conference workshop will be held on Sunday, November 3, from 8:30AM-4:30PM.

RDA, the new cataloging standard, was implemented by the Library of Congress on March 31, 2013, and California librarians are now challenged to implement and integrate RDA into their local catalogs. This workshop will offer a basic introduction to cataloging with RDA, will focus on print monographs, and will cover both description and access. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include use of tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA. Attendees will access the latest national documentation on policies, decisions, best practices, and training materials related to RDA. Through guided participatory exercises they will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed for the effective implementation and integration of RDA into the fabric of their libraries.

RDA pre-conference workshop pricing: $90 non-members: $65 members; $50 student members

Registration for the full CLA Conference is not required for (or included in) this pre-conference workshop, but if you plan to attend the CLA 2013 conference don’t forget that pre-registration is required, and ends at 5:00PM on Friday, October 18!

Please see the CLA Annual website for online registration information, or download the registration form as a PDF: 


Stephanie Roach
Vice Chair

Technical Services Interest Group
California Library Association

Webinar: Web of Languages – Usability, AJAX & jQuery 5/30/2012


California Library Association Spring Fling logo

Web of Languages: An Introduction to Usability and Developing Web Applications with AJAX and jQuery

Webinar*, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 1:00pm-4:00pm PDT


Web of Languages” introduces the basic to early intermediate librarian, library staff member, student, web developer or administrator to usability, as well as developing applications with AJAX and jQuery. Sarah Houghton will provide perspective on web usability with an overview of web development techniques for library websites and web applications; Derek Christiansen will define AJAX and present a number of SJSU applications of AJAX; and Cary Gordon will discuss the uses of jQuery in web development. The purpose of the program is to introduce these technologies and techniques so that librarians and library staff can better understand and visualize what is possible using these web development techniques.


Sarah Houghton, Acting Director, San Rafael Public Library

Derek Christiansen, Web Technologist, San José State University School of Library and Information Science (SJSU SLIS)

Cary Gordon, Cherry Hill Company

Registration Details:

Early bird registration (Mail-in registrations must be received by the CLA office by 5pm, May 15, to receive the early-bird registration rate):

  •     $35 non-members
  •     $25 CLA members
  •     $20 student members

After May 15:

  •     $45 non-members
  •     $35 CLA members
  •     $30 Student member

Registration and full program information is available on CLA’s website (http://www.cla-net.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=381)

Deadline: May 29, 2012


Contact Suzanna Conrad (suzanna@terabytelibrarian.com) or Stephanie Roach (sroach@jfku.edu).

This Spring Fling program is sponsored by
California Library Association’s
Information Technology and Technical Services Interest Groups

*Online via WebEx.

LIS Lady, Stephanie Roach, currently serves as the Event Coordinator for the CLA’s Technical Services Interest Group.

CLA Spring Fling: Music Cataloging Workshop Announcement

Cataloging Musical Scores and Sound Recordings Workshop

California Library Association Spring Fling logo

Presented by CLA’s Technical Services Interest Group in partnership with the Music Library Association, Southern California Chapter

This workshop, part of the California Library Association (CLA) Spring Fling  program, is now open for registration at the CLA Spring Fling page. Space is limited, please sign up early!

Date: Friday, April 13, 2012
Time: 8:30am-noon, 1:00pm-4:30pm
Location: John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, Room B526, CSU Los Angeles and online via WebEx

Workshop content

This full-day workshop will focus on cataloging notated music and musical sound recordings.
Presenters will give overviews of the issues unique to musical formats, followed by discussions of how these general principles are dealt with in AACR2. Basic RDA principles will then be presented, with a focus on areas dealing with notated music and musical sound recordings.
Presenters will focus on the cataloging rules and give a brief introduction to some of the peculiarities of print scores and audio formats. The instruction format will allow time for attendees to work on problems and ask questions of the instructors.

Registration opens February 27, 2012

Attendees may register to participate in person or online. Registration deadline is April 6, 2012. Complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided during breaks for in-person attendees.

Early bird registration / After March 30

$95 / $120
$70 / $95 CLA or MLA member
$40 / $65 Student Member


Nancy Lorimer, Head of Music Technical Services, Stanford University
John Redford, Music and Media Librarian, Biola University
Hermine Vermeij, Music Cataloger, UCLA

Speaker description:

Nancy Lorimer holds a BMus, Music History and MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, and an MMus from the University of Edinburgh. She is former Chair of the Bibliographic Control Committee of the Music Library Association (MLA), and is currently a member of the Subject Access Subcommittee and Form/Genre Task Force in MLA and Chair of the Northern California Chapter of MLA. At Stanford, she is responsible for the acquisition and cataloging of music materials in all formats. Along with other Stanford catalogers, she currently performs all her original cataloging using RDA and recently began training a participant in the NACO music funnel in RDA headings.

John Redford holds a BMus from the University of Glasgow, an MM from the University of Redlands, a DMA from the University of Arizona, and an MLIS from San Jose State University. His responsibilities at Biola include copy and original cataloging of music and non-print materials, music collection development, reference and bibliographic instruction. He serves as an adjunct professor of piano literature and has also taught a music research methods course.

Hermine Vermeij holds an MLIS from UCLA and a BA in Music from UC Santa Cruz. She currently chairs the Music Library Association (MLA) Subject Access Subcommittee and is the MLA liaison to the ALA Subject Analysis Committee. She is active in genre/form projects within both MLA and ALA. In 2010 she participated as part of the MLA/OLAC group in the U.S. National Libraries RDA Test, cataloging scores and sound recordings using RDA. At UCLA she catalogs material for the Music Library as well as social sciences monographs in German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Icelandic, and Tagalog.

Program Contacts:

Bie-hwa Ma
UC San Diego Libraries

Stephanie Roach
John F. Kennedy University Libraries



This workshop is part of CLA’s Spring Fling program series:
training, networking and more!

Workshop Flyer – PDF

LIS Lady is the CLA Tech Services Interest Group Event Coordinator


Coming soon to LIS Lady blog: CLA Spring Fling event announcements and information about how you can apply for the CLA TSIG New Leader Award.

Some of you may recall that last fall I received the California Library Association (CLA) Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG) New Leader Award. In my emerging role as a new leader, I have taken on new responsibilities with CLA TSIG that I will begin to feature on my blog. I am the Spring Fling Event Coordinator for TSIG and will assist in the selection of the 2012 New Leader Award.

Stay tuned for details!