Available courses

Learn how to use Leap, Polaris’ Web Application! This intuitive web-based platform is easy to learn and easy to use. Use the following videos to see learn more about each function, like patron registration or using the find tool. You will find that Leap is great resource for your library.   

This course must be completed before Polaris user credentials will be assigned.

This online training provides handouts, tutorials, and policy relating to Polaris circulation procedures.  

Are you new to cataloging and need to learn the basics? This is the course for you! This course will look at fields, indicators, and subfields used to catalog a book. 

This is a four-week course on cataloging 3D Objects, Kits, and Realia.

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) is providing Subject Analysis training for library staff in any Illinois library. This is a 6-week course using Moodle software. There are text files, online quizzes, assignments, and links to outside resources (OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards, Library of Congress authority file, MARC21 for Bibliographic Data, videos, and documents). Topics covered include controlled indexing language, keyword versus controlled vocabulary, the purpose of subject headings, the 20% rule, content analysis, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), word-based approaches to retrieval, Sears List of Subject Headings, and MeSh (Medical Subject Headings).

This is an asynchronous course, so you will not need to log in at a specific time, but you are expected to complete assignments and quizzes by the end of each week.

Registered participants will be e-mailed a login and password before May 11.

Learning Objectives
Determine relevant subject headings from summary statements.
Understand keyword versus controlled vocabulary.
Create subject headings in a MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloging) format.
Perform content analysis.

MARC formatting of subject headings.
Knowledge and understanding of authority records.

RDA guidelines for cataloging video and audio recordings

To help complete the required 15 hours of continuing education for cataloging permissions.  Cataloger's Training sessions are held 10 times a year, on the second Tuesday of January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, via Zoom.  After the live session, the recorded session will be posted here.

To complete the monthly session and receive credit for watching, you must open the recording and watch.

If you have any questions or are experiencing difficulties, please contact Jennifer Baugh at 618-619-2077. Good luck and thanks for watching.

This section is separated into two classes, Barcoding I and Barcoding II. Both classes are required for SHARE barcoders. These courses will ensure that barcoders have the knowledge to search for bibliographic records in the SHARE database and add item records to the matched bibliographic record.

Please email Jennifer Baugh, SHARE Bibliographic Services Manager, at jbaugh@illinoisheartland.org upon completion of both barcoding courses to have your barcoding permissions added to your Polaris username.

This series focuses on the beginning skills necessary for cataloging.

Topics covered include:

  • Book Cataloging
  • Searching and Editing in OCLC
  • Introduction to Authority Records
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Dewey Decimal Classification

Anyone wishing to become a cataloger should take these classes, plus the OCLC modules listed here. Catalogers can take these courses as a refresher or for annual cataloging continuing education hours. Catalogers must attend 15 hours of continuing education related to cataloging each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).

Archived recordings of RBdigital Users Group meetings.

Archive of recorded Cloud Library Users Groups

This online training session provides a basic demonstration of the Cloud Library App.

This course will explain how to use the Cloud Library shopping cart provided for your library in the Cloud Library Content Acquisition Tool (CAT).

All proofers must take this refresher course on the IHLS style guide and grammar rules annually. Repeat authors are also welcome to take the course to brush up on their grammar and style.