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May 15, 2009 Jacquie Samples. Cool Tools: Cataloger’s Desktop. Objectives. Overview How to customize Searching techniques Where to get help or learn more. What is Cataloger's Desktop?.

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May 15, 2009

Jacquie Samples

Cool Tools: Cataloger’s Desktop


  • Overview

  • How to customize

  • Searching techniques

  • Where to get help or learn more

What is Cataloger's Desktop?

  • Provides access to AACR2 and LC’s most heavily used cataloging publications. With hypertext links, a single click takes you from one tool to the relevant section of others:

    • Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2)

    • Library of Congress Rule Interpretations

    • Subject Cataloging Manuals

    • MARC 21 Formats & Code lists

    • Hundreds of web-based cataloging resources

Logging on

To log on to Cataloger’s Desktop, Click the link on the M&C Department page to open a browser session or go to the Log Onbutton to start a session.

Pop up blockers

  • You will need to select “If you use a popup blocker with your web browser please check here and click the Login button.”

  • Or, allow pop-ups on to login without going through this extra step.

The Start page

  • Note the Start Over button. This always brings you back to the Document pane.

The Browse tab (Classic view)

TOC pane Document pane

Document Tab (Desktop basic)

Results Tab

  • Displays the list of search results in the full screen

Doc/Results tab

  • Shows the search results together with the Document pane

  • Each of the search terms are highlighted

Search tab

  • Displays the TOC pane together with an Advanced Search template

Preferences tab

  • Allows you to limit the content of the TOC pane to the resources used most frequently

  • Also sets “Use my preferences” limit to searches.


  • Set Preferences for TOC and Searching

  • Add Bookmarks

  • Add Notes

Setting preferences

  • To remove resources that you seldom use, you can deselect them and save your preferred view in Preferences by clicking the “Set view” button.

Bookmarks and Notes

  • Allows you to customize resources to suit local needs and to create a personal file of notes and bookmarks

    • Group Notes and Bookmarks

    • Personal Notes and Bookmarks

    • Be Careful not to Delete Group Notes or Bookmarks!


  • The Document tab must be opened to use the bookmark icon.

  • The list of saved bookmarks can then be seen on the tab.

Creating Notes

  • Similar to add Bookmark feature

    • From Document Tab, Use same Icon to create new note.

Using Preferences in Searches

  • Type search terms into box and click Limit by:

    • My Preferences

    • Full site

    • Type of material

    • Etc.

Selecting Resources in Browse

  • To select only certain sources of information to search, click the check box next to its listing in the TOC pane

Doing a search limited by Categories

  • Instead of browsing this view you can search the resources in this category by using the simple search box in the upper right corner

Restoring the full site view

  • To return to the full site once you have finished searching within a certain category, click the “Reset” TOC drop-down and then select “Use Full Site”

Where to find help from the Library of Congress

  • Quick Tips and other help at

  • Or click on the Training tab before logging in

    • This is the same page you are sent to by clicking the FAQs tab

Click the FAQs tab

  • To view Quick Tips

  • FAQs

  • Join the Catalogers’ Desktop Listserv

  • And more

Miscellaneous Info

  • All customization features (i.e., Preferences, Bookmarks) are stored as cookies on the cataloger’s personal workstation. For this reason, they cannot be shared and they will disappear if cookies are deleted.

  • Many remote databases are included

    • media, movie, theater and music guides,

    • historical society catalogs,

    • government agency websites,

    • Autocat archives,

    • OCLC documentation

  • The Feedback tab on the navigation bar allows customers to send commentsto CDS (alternatively accessed via

  • 4. Search sessions time out after 60 minutes of inactivity.

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