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Using Cataloger’s
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Anna Martin and Pete Girling
Using Cataloger’s Desktop
This document is a handout developed by [email protected] to train librarians from
Cambridge University libraries

It was developed with advice from Bruce Johnson at the Library of Congress and in the
light of feedback from Cataloger’s Desktop userlist members and Cambridge Librarians

Contents (with hyperlinks)
1. About this course
2. What is 'Cataloger’s Desktop?'
3. When would you use 'Cataloger's Desktop?'
4. Logging on
5. Popup blockers
6. The 'Start' page
7. The View bar
8. The Toolbar
9. The hyperlinks on the 'Start' page
10. Opening a view from the View bar
11. The 'Browse' view
12. Selecting a resource in ‘Browse’
13. The ‘Synch TOC’ hyperlink
14. Categories
15. Preferences
16. The 'Document' view
17. The 'Search' view
18. Results of a search: the 'Doc/Results' view
19. Results of a search: the Results view
20. Icons
21. Printing
22. Bookmarks and notes
23. The 'What's new' page
24. Miscellaneous notes about some resources
25. Benefits of using a web-based resource
26. Where to find more help
1. About this course
This course is designed to be a quick overview of Cataloger’s Desktop. It shows how the
program works, not what the contents are

The version of Cataloger’s Desktop on which this training is based was released in
May 2006

Cataloger’s Desktop is an American resource, developed by the Library of Congress. It
uses American English, but this training was developed for British cataloguers, and uses
British spelling

2. What is Catalogers’ Desktop?
•Provides online access LC’s most heavily used cataloguing publications:
•Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2)
•Library of Congress Rule Interpretations
•LC Subject Cataloging Manuals and schedules
•Latest editions of all MARC standards
3. When would you use it?
•To understand why a copied record was done that way and to check if it is
•In cataloguing original material e.g. Theses, published slides, videos, foreign

4. Logging on
To log on to Cataloger’s Desktop on the Web, open a browser session and go to (there are details in the FAQs about creating a desktop icon to
Cataloger’s Desktop). Click ‘Log On’ to start a session

If this message appears, you will
5. Pop up blockers need to click here to open the

It is helpful to allow pop-ups on
the site

6. The ‘Start’ page
Desktop Classic/Basic switch
Search boxes with text
‘Find’, which was
though to be more
positive than the former
Note the ‘Start Over’ button

This always returns you to to
this screen. Site view reminders tell you
whether you are searching a
selection of resources or at the
full site
7. The View bar
View tabs, e.g. ‘Browse’ and ‘Search’
lead to screens with different displays
and functions
8. The Toolbars
8.1 Top toolbar
‘Backtrack’ takes you to the ‘Previous Section’ and ‘Next
information you looked at last Section’ take you to the next or
previous section of the text
you are reading, rather like
turning over a new page or
chapter in a book

These icons are duplicated at
the bottom of the page for
ergonomic reasons
8.2 Bottom toolbar
9. Hyperlinks on the ‘Start’ page
Three of the hyperlinks above the search box duplicate the tabs in the viewbar (for
ergonomic reasons.)
‘Advanced search’ leads ‘My preferences’ leads to
‘Desktop classic’ to the Advanced search the My preferences view
leads to the Browse view
view, which was
formerly the way the ‘Help’ leads to the
home page displayed Help view
The hyperlinks below the search box set limits to
select which resources are being searched, (e.g

‘My preferences,’ would limit any search by
preferences set by you.)
This hyperlink is therefore not the same as the
The text after ‘Search limited to’ will other ‘My preferences’ hyperlink, which sits just
change as different search limits above it (!)
are selected

10. Opening a view from the ‘View bar’
To open a view, press the relevent tab e.g. the ‘Browse’ tab in the ‘View bar’
11. The Browse view
11.1 The two panes
The tag of the View in the Viewbar
has changed colour to show that the
‘Browse’ view is displayed
This part
is the This part of the display is
‘Table of called the ‘Document’ pane

Contents’ It displays text

pane. It
displays a
list of

11.2 Types of resource
Resources represented by a globe are
external sites: these resources will open in a
new window if you click on them

Resources represented by a folder are
integrated into Cataloger’s Desktop, and will
open up in the Document pane if you click on

11.3 Selecting resources by clicking in their boxes
Clicking in the box next to
integrated resources will
select that resource to be
searched (in this case,
You can then enter a
search term, for instance,
‘Law’ into the search box
and press ‘return’.)
11.4 Results of a search
The results of the search now display in the
Doc/Results tab

The term you searched for is
The list of returns is displayed in the
pane on the left. Note that in this
example all are from AACR2
The document is displayed in the
document pane on the right

12. Selecting a Resource in ‘Browse’
•Scroll down the resources: note
‘MARC Standards’ folder is closed

•Click on the folder to open it

fOnce the folder is open it displays subfolders

These subfolders may in turn contain
subfolders and documents. Hyperlinks within the
document, (particularly at
the beginning of
documents and sections,)
can be used for navigation
You can navigate to the next
section of this resource by
clicking here
13. The ‘Synch Toc’ hyperlink
If you click on the hyperlinks within the document the pane on the right will change, for
instance clicking on “Introduction” in the Marc standards document above brings about
this screen:
The pane on the right has changed
because you clicked on the
“Introduction” hyperlink in MARC21
Format for Bibiliographic Data (see
You can see from this enlargement that the table of
contents pane on the left has not changed and no
longer reflects the current document

To bring up a more appropriate table
of contents for this document, click on
“synch toc.” The Table of contents
will then change to synchronise with
the document pane

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