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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

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

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

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

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

The Start page

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

The browse tab classic view

The Browse tab (Classic view)

TOC pane Document pane

Document tab desktop basic

Document Tab (Desktop basic)

Results tab

Results Tab

  • Displays the list of search results in the full screen

Doc results tab

Doc/Results tab

  • Shows the search results together with the Document pane

  • Each of the search terms are highlighted

Search tab

Search tab

  • Displays the TOC pane together with an Advanced Search template

Preferences tab

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

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

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

Creating Notes

  • Similar to add Bookmark feature

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

Using preferences in searches

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

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

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

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

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

Click the FAQs tab

  • To view Quick Tips

  • FAQs

  • Join the Catalogers’ Desktop Listserv

  • And more

Miscellaneous info

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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