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Processing Information and Documentation

Code: 42962 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
4313816 School Library and Reading Promotion OT 0 2


Marķa Pilar Cid Leal

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)


Angels Jimenez Lopez



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.
  •  Sandardization of the processes.

 2. The ISBD (International Standard Bibliographic Description) and the AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloging Rules)

  • Structure and elements.
  • Levels of description.
  • Bibliographic acess points: author and title.
  • Autorithy control. 

3. Introduction to the Subject Analysis and Documentary Languages

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

4. Cataloguing with ePèrgam


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.

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.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


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 various exercises and a final synthesis test; all exercises are compulsory. Exercices and test deadlines will be indicated in the course schedule on the first day of class. The  information on  assessment activities and their weighting is  a guide. 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
Those who have submitted a minimum of 66,6% (two thirds) of the assessment activities required in the course and have obtainer a final grade (weighted average) of between 3.5 and 4.9 points will be eligile for re-evalution. 

Together with the publication of the final marks the teaching staff will communicate the re-evaluation procedure. The lecturer may set one assignment per failed or missed assessment activity or a single assignment to cover a number of such activities. Under no circumstances may an assessment activity worth 100% of the final mark be retaken or compensated for. 

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 student involved will be given a final mark of “0” for the subject. Assessment activities in which irregularities have occurred (e.g. plagiarism, copying, impersonation) are excluded from recovery.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Follow-up of the module. Includes: attendance and participation; contributions to forums; delivery of practicals. 30% 0 0 5, 4, 8, 1, 2, 3, 7, 6
Teoretical-practical exam 40% 0 0 5, 4, 1, 7, 6
Tests in the classroom, on the contents of each session. 30% 0 0 5, 1, 7, 6



La Búsqueda de información científica. CID Competencias en información digital (s.a.). San Vicente de Raspeig: Biblioteca de la Universitat d’Alacant. https://rua.ua.es/dspace/bitstream/10045/121964/1/Busqueda_informacion_cientifica_doctorado_2021_2022.pdf 

Cid Leal, P.; et al. (2007). Fonaments de llenguatges documentals. Barcelona: UOC.  http://openaccess.uoc.edu/webapps/o2/handle/10609/52342

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

Gascón García, J.; Sulé Duesa, A. (2000). Fonaments d’anàlisi documental. Barcelona: UOC. http://openaccess.uoc.edu/webapps/o2/handle/10609/52361

González, L. (2021). Indización documental. Bibliopos. https://www.bibliopos.es/indizacion-documental/ 

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. https://cobdc.org/wp-content/uploads/directrius_ifla_biblio_escolar_web.pdf

Martín, C. (2009). Lenguajes documentales, principales tipos de clasificación, encabezamientos de materia, descriptores y tesauros. Barcelona: UOC. (Temas de Biblioteconomía). http://eprints.rclis.org/14817/1/lendoc.pdf

Ranconi, R. (2020). Proceso de búsqueda, recuperación y evaluación de la información: Guía, tutorial. Acta académica. https://www.aacademica.org/roberto.ronconi/2

Rodríguez, B. (2011). Apuntes sobre representación y organización de la información. Gijón: Trea.

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

Suárez, A. (2017). “Sistemas para la organización del conocimiento: definición y evolución histórica”. e-Ciencias de la Información, v. 7, n. 2 (julio-diciembre), p.1-17. https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/articulo?codigo=6055254

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). MEC. Manual d’exemples de catalogació: recull d’exemples comentats en els formats ISBD i MARC. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona. 

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. https://www.ifla.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/assets/cataloguing/icp/icp_2009-ca.pdf

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

Manual de la Llista d’encapçalaments de matèria en català, MLEMAC. (2021). Barcelona: Biblioteca de Catalunya. https://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]. (2022). 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.