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LIBT 204 
Organizing information 
This course is currently taught each fall semester in a distance modality.

Next course: CRN 73818 Fall 2021

Hello Students,

Welcome to distance education at Cuesta College. I'm Carina Love and I will be the instructor for Organizing Information for Fall 2020. This letter is to inform you of some important details prior to the commencement of the class. Please read this letter carefully and print it out for later reference. It includes lots of helpful resources to help you succeed in the class.


Distance education provides a convenient alternative to traditional classroom education. However it places a greater responsibility with the student to be self-motivated. To learn more about distance education, see the Cuesta Distance Education website, http://library.cuesta.edu/distance/Links to an external site. to see if distance is for you.

If this is the first online course that you have taken, and you feel that you may not have the necessary computer skills to succeed, you might consider taking DIST 101, better known as ONLINE 1. ONLINE 1 is a half unit short course that will introduce you to some of the basic technologies that are used in online courses.


Required Text, free digital copy from Cuesta Library
Standard Cataloging for School & Public Libraries
by Sheila S. Intner and Jean Weihs
5th ed. 2016

  • ISBN-10: 9781610691147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610691147

(free digital access will be provided for this text during your enrollment in the class through the Cuesta Reserve Desk  https://cuestacollegelibrary.on.worldcat.org/courseReserves/course/id/10005798 (Links to an external site.) or you may purchase or rent a copy on your own from a service like Amazon or Barnes & Noble if you prefer a paper copy.)

Course Objectives. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Understand and use cataloging terminology
  • Understand the process of creating cardsets for a manual card catalog
  • Learn the basic rules of bibliographic description
  • Differentiate between the cataloging requirements of books and various nonbook materials
  • Select the main entry/added entries for cataloged materials in their appropriate form
  • Apply basic rules for assigning subject headings
  • Classify using Dewey Decimal schedules, including number building
  • Classify using Library of Congress Classification schedules
  • Understand basic serials cataloging
  • Perform basic searches for bibliographic records
  • Use name and subject authority files
  • Translate manual cataloging to machine-readable (MARC) cataloging
  • Import cataloging records into a local online catalog
  • Perform ongoing maintenance of the local catalog

Syllabus. The requirements for the class are outlined in the Syllabus, which will be available on the first day of class. Once you are in the class, make sure to print it out and refer to it for important dates and requirements.

Contact With Instructor. Cuesta or I may send email to your  my.cuesta.edu gmail account  before the first day of class, or in case of technical problems with the Learning Management System (LMS). Access your account at http://my.cuesta.eduLinks to an external site., student tab, gMail module. The email can be forwarded to a personal account under settings/forwarding.

If you have any questions prior to the first day of class, please feel free to e-mail me at  clove@cuesta.edu.

Students with Verified Disabilities. If you are a student with a verified disability, please notify me of your needs for accommodation as soon as possible. Authorized accommodations and alternative media will be provided as appropriate.

Basic computer experience. This course assumes a basic comfort level with computers and the Internet, and regular access to the Internet.

Course Website. This course will be taught on the CanvasWeb platform (https://cuesta.instructure.com/). The course website will be accessible on the first day of the semester, login is your myCuesta id (usually firstname_lastname) and password. You will use the website to read lectures, link to outside readings, take quizzes, submit assignments, participate in online discussions. You can use Canvas anywhere you have an Internet connection and a current browser.

Technical Support: Questions about the LMS can be sent to support@my.cuesta.edu during business hours.

Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in. This is a free plug-in that enables you to read some the course readings. If you do not already have this plug-in, you can download it at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.htmlLinks to an external site..

Word Processing program. A current version of Microsoft Word, Pages or other word processing software is required for composing your assignments and saving them as Rich Text Format (RTF). You will then need to upload the assignments to Canvas's assignment area.

See you in class.


Carina Love

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