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Processing Information and Documentation

Code: 42962 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
4313816 School Librarianship and the Promotion of Reading OT 0 0
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Marķa Pilar Cid Leal

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)



Objectives and Contextualisation

The main objective of this course is to provide the theoretical and practical foundations necessary to make the student able to:

- Understand  the importance of processing information and documentation.

- Get familiarized with the specialized terminology.

- Know the theoretical and practical foundations for the construction of library catalogs and bibliographic databases.

- Know and use the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR).

- Know and use the List of Subject Headings in Catalan (LEMAC) and the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC).

- Know and use ePèrgam.


  • Develop communication and inter-personal skills needed to manage projects involving the different members of the educational community.
  • Incorporate ICT for learning, communicating and sharing in education.
  • Integrate knowledge and use it to make judgements in complex situations, with incomplete information, while keeping in mind social and ethical responsibilities.
  • Master the systems used in the library for information processing and organising printed and digital resources.
  • Master the use of ICT and apply it to management and promotion processes in a library 2.0. context.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse different types of documents in terms of form and content.
  2. Incorporate ICT for learning, communicating and sharing in education.
  3. Integrate knowledge and use it to make judgements in complex situations, with incomplete information, while keeping in mind social and ethical responsibilities.
  4. Know and be able to use the most widely-used automated library management software.
  5. Know and identify document chain processes.
  6. Use document management software to its fullest potential.
  7. Use international regulations and indexing languages to catalogue documents.
  8. Use the network to share educational, communicative and bibliographic strategies.


1. Processing information and documentation: basic concepts 
    -Objectives of the process.
    -Tools for information retrieval: the catalog.
    -Document description.
    -Different kinds of entries and access points.
    -Standardization of the processes.
    -Indexing documents.

  2. The ISBD (International Standard Bibliographic Description) and the AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloging Rules)
- Structure and elements.
 -Levels of description.

 3. Bibliography access points
    -Author and title.
    -Authority control.

 4. Introduction to the Subject Analysis and Documentary Languages

    -Functions, types, structure and possibilities.
    -Indexing with the List of Subject Headings in Catalan (Llista d'Encapçalaments en Català, LEMAC).
    -Indexing with the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC).
    -The summary document.

5. Cataloguing with ePèrgam



Each week the students will have to do a series of exercises and practices that will have to be delivered the next session. The monitoring and supervision of this work will be done through the Campus Virtual.

The methodology combines:

- Theoretical contents with the practical application of the knowledge acquired, both in class and through supervised activities.

- Reading and studying the basic materials of the subject and the commented exercises solutions  (all this is available in the university intranet).

- Reading and studying complementary literature.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Classes 18 0.72 5, 4, 8, 1, 2, 3, 7, 6
Type: Supervised      
Evaluation exercises 62 2.48 5, 4, 1, 2, 7, 6
Type: Autonomous      
Study and complementary autonomous work 70 2.8 5, 4, 8, 1, 3, 7, 6


Assessment is continuous. Students must provide evidence of their progress by completing some exercises and a final synthesis exercise; all exercises are compulsory. These exercises provide 70% of the final grade. The other 30% is provided by the active participation in classes and on-site exercises. The subject's lecturer will provide full information when teaching begins.


When publishing final marks prior to recording them on students' transcripts, the lecturer will provide written notification of a date and time for reviewing assessment activities. Students must arrange reviews in agreement with the lecturer.

Missed/failed assessment activities

Students may retake assessment activities they have failed or compensate for any they have missed, provided that those they have actually performed account for a minimum of 66.6% (two thirds) of the subject's final mark and that they have a weighted average mark of at least 3.5.

The lecturer will inform students of the procedure involved, in writing, when publishing final marks prior to recording them on transcripts. The lecturer may set one assignment per failed or missed assessment activity or a single assignment to cover a number of such activities.

Classification as "not assessable"

In the event of the assessment activities a student has performed accounting for just 25% or less of the subject's final mark, their work will be classified as "not assessable" on their transcript.

Misconduct in assessment activities

Students who engage in misconduct (plagiarism, copying, personation, etc.) in an assessment activity will receive a mark of “0” for the activity in question. In the case of misconduct in more than one assessment activity, the students involved will be given a final mark of “0” for the subject

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Active participation in presencial sessions and on-site exercicies 30% 0 0 5, 4, 8, 1, 2, 3, 7, 6
Cataloguing and Indexing exercices 30% 0 0 5, 1, 7, 6
Final synthesis exercise 40% 0 0 5, 4, 1, 7, 6



Cid Leal, P.; Perpinyà i Morera, R. (2013). Cómo y dónde buscar fuentes de información. 1.ª ed. Bellaterra: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Servei de Publicacions.

Cid Leal, P.; et al. (2009). Fonaments de llenguatges documentals. Barcelona: UOC Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

Clausó García, A. (2001). Manual de análisis documental: descripción bibliográfica. 2.ª ed. corr. y aumentada. Pamplona: Eunsa.

Díez Carrera, C. (2005). La Catalogación de materiales especiales. Gijón: Trea.

Durbán Roca, G.; Cid Prolongo, A.; García Guerrero, J. (2012). Programas para el desarrollo de la competencia informacional articulados desde la biblioteca escolar.1.ª ed. Sevilla: Junta de Andalucía, Dirección General de Ordenación y Evaluación Educativa. https://labibliotecaescolar.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/dr4becrea.pdf

Garrido Arilla, Mª R. (1996). Teoría e historia de la catalogación de documentos. Madrid: Síntesis.

IFLA. (2018). Directrius IFLA per a la biblioteca escolar. 2a. ed. revisada. Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament d’Ensenyament : Col·legi de Bibliotecaris-Documentalistes de Catalunya. http://www.cobdc.org/publica/directrius/presentacio-directrius-2018.pdf

Pinto Molina, M. (2001). Análisis documental: fundamentos y procedimientos. 2.ª ed. rev. y aumentada. Madrid: Edema.

Slype, G. van. (1991). Los lenguajes de indización: concepción, construcción y utilización en los sistemas documentales. Madrid: Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruiperez: Pirámide.

Rules and tools

Clasificación Decimal Universal (CDU): edición abreviada de la NormaUNE 5001:2000: incluye las modificaciones de la Norma UNE 5001:2004/1M. (2004). Traducción del Master Reference File realizada por el Centro de Información y Documentación científica (CINDOC); adaptada por Rosa San Segundo Manuel. 2.ª ed. Madrid: AENOR.

Estivill i Rius, A.; et al. (2004). Manual d’exemples de catalogació: MEC. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona. http://bd.ub.edu/mec/

Estivill i Rius, A. (2009). Dels FRBR als Principis internacionals de catalogació i a les RDA : Resource Description and Access : els fonaments de la renovació catalogràfica. Barcelona: Biblioteca de Catalunya: Col·legi Oficial de Bibliotecaris-Documentalistes de Catalunya. http://www.bnc.cat/Professionals/Catalogacio/Publicacions-tecniques

IFLA. (2009). Declaració de principis internacionals de catalogació. Barcelona: Biblioteca de Catalunya.

Lazarinis, F.. (2015). Caloguing and classification: an introduction to AACR2, RDA, DDC, LCC, LCSH and MARC 21 standards. Oxford: Chandos. (Chandos Information professional series).

Llista d’encapçalaments de matèria en català, LEMAC. (2002-  ). Barcelona: Biblioteca de Catalunya. http://www.bnc.cat/lemac/ 

Manual de la Llista d’encapçalaments de matèria en català, MLEMAC. (2017). Barcelona: Biblioteca de Catalunya. http://www.bnc.cat/Professionals/Catalogacio/Publicacions-tecniques/Manual-de-la-Llista-d-encapcalaments-de-materia-en-catala-MLEMAC

Membres de la Subcomissió Tècnica d’RDA (STRADA). (2016). “RDA i la seva implementació a Catalunya”. Item: revista de biblioteconomia i documentació, n. 60, p. 97-113 https://www.raco.cat/index.php/Item/article/view/312448/402964

Publicacions tècniques [de la Biblioteca de Catalunya]. (2018). Barcelona: Biblioteca de Catalunya. http://www.bnc.cat/Professionals/Catalogacio/Publicacions-tecniques

Regles angloamericanes de catalogació: traducció de les Anglo-American cataloging rules, second edition, 2002  revision, 2005 update. (2008). Preparades sota la direcció de The Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR; versió catalana d’Assumpció Estivill i Rius. 2a ed., rev. 2002, actualització 2005. Barcelona: Biblioteca de Catalunya.

 Regles angloamericanes de catalogació: traducció de lesAnglo-American cataloging rules, second edition, 1988 revision (AACR2). (1996). Preparades sota la direcció de the Joint Steering Commitee for Revision of AACR; editades per Michael Gormani Paul W. Winkler;versió catalana a cura d’Assumpció Estivill i Rius. Barcelona: Biblioteca de Catalunya; Vic: Eumo.