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John Sterbenz

John Sterbenz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (minors in Statistics and Music) from The University of Michigan--Dearborn in1992, continuing his schooling with a Master of Information and Library Studies degree awarded in 1997 by The University of Michigan.  He received the faculty rank of Associate Librarian upon appointment at The University of Michigan's Kresge Business Administration Library in 1998 and has been responsible for the management of Access Services/Systems (1998-2000), Technical and Access Services (2000-2004) and Technical Services and Library Automation (2004-Present) during his professional tenure there. 

John has been professionally active with positions on several national, regional and state committees and organizations.  Active as a presenter on topics related to Technical Services and general technology topics, he's also served as an instructor for MCLS since 2005.

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MARC: An introduction

May 9
May 10
May 11
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Eastern
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Central
Topic: Cataloging

Credit: 6 general LEUs for Indiana staff



Do not be intimidated by MARC! Do terms like fixed and variable fields scare you? Are you put off by subfields and indicators? This class is designed to help you better understand MARC, whether you are a cataloger, reference librarian, interlibrary loan practitioner or support staff. If you are new to the library field or just need a review, a better understanding of MARC will be helpful.

The instructor will present an overview to MARC (Machine-Readable Cataloging) records and related terminology, such as the fixed and variable fields, tags, indicators, subfields, and International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) punctuation marks. We will discuss how MARC tagging and coding of cataloging data is used in bibliographic records. We will set out guidelines for record selection and discuss when to create and enter new records.

This class will be online using WebEx online workshop software. All registered attendees will receive an email with WebEx login information a few days prior to the class date.




Per-person rates
$99 (MCLS members)
$199 (Non-MCLS members)

Group viewing rates*
$249 (MCLS members)
$349 (Non-MCLS members)

*To register groups, contact the Training department at, do not register online.

Registration Information

It is highly recommended that all registrants register for this workshop at least SEVEN DAYS PRIOR to the workshop date. If you register after that, you must additionally send an email to stating that you have registered past the deadline. You will receive a general email confirmation immediately upon successfully registering for this workshop. All registered attendees will receive an additional email with WebEx login information approximately one week prior to the 1st class date. If you do not receive an invitation to the meeting by noon of the day prior, please email

Technical Information

You must connect using a high-speed wired internet connection (not wireless).

Microphones are not required but your computer will need speakers and a sound card to hear the audio via VoiceOver IP.

WebEx supports the following:
Operating Systems:

Internet Browsers:
Internet Explorer 8.x+, Firefox (latest version), Safari 5+, Chrome (latest version)