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Current AskQC office hours

Find current AskQC office hour recordings and supporting materials. (Ask Quality Control) is the longstanding email address to which catalogers can send questions to OCLC Metadata Quality staff about cataloging policies, standards, and practices.

OCLC cataloging community meeting

This virtual OCLC community event provides an opportunity to hear about important work by community members and learn about OCLC cataloging and metadata services. Visit the OCLC cataloging community event page for information on upcoming meetings and to access materials from past meetings.


AskQC office hours

Join OCLC Metadata Quality staff to discuss WorldCat quality issues and cataloging questions.

Time and call-in information for AskQC office hours

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Topic Day/time (eastern) Toll-free call-in number Registration link
Name that Identifier! : Standard Numbers, National Bibliography Numbers, & Others

Cynthia Whitacre and Kate James will provide an overview of various identifiers and relevant MARC fields used in bibliographic records. Examples will include popular identifiers such as LCCN and ISBN as well as more specialized notations including fingerprint identifier and CODEN designation.

Tuesday, 13 August, 2024 at 10:00 AM Eastern

Thursday, 22 August, 2024 at 4:00 PM Eastern

US/Canada: 1-877-668-4490
UK: 08-002061177

13 August registration

22 August registration

Cataloging audiobooks

On November 21, 1877, Thomas Edison recorded the world’s first audiobook when he recited “Mary Had a Little Lamb” into his phonograph machine, preserving the recitation on a tinfoil-wrapped cylinder. Since then, audiobooks have been released on phonograph records, audiocassettes, compact discs, Playaways, MP3s, and as streaming audio. Morris Levy will lead this session on cataloging audiobooks, focusing on the relevant instructions in MARC and RDA to describe the current audiobook formats.

Tuesday, 10 September, 2024 at 10:00 AM Eastern

Thursday, 19 September, 2024 at 4:00 PM Eastern

US/Canada: 1-877-668-4490
UK: 08-002061177

10 September registration

19 September registration