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Program for Cooperative Cataloging

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The Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) is an international cooperative effort aimed at expanding access to library collections by providing useful, timely, and cost-effective cataloging that meets mutually-accepted standards of libraries around the world.

PCC Vision Statement

The Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) community is an influential source of metadata expertise, experimentation, and training. The PCC community’s data are trusted, integrated, and valued in the global data environment.

PCC Mission Statement

The PCC focuses on efficiently creating and refining metadata that meet user needs for effective resource discovery. The PCC supports and advocates for the library and information communities by:

  • reconceiving our practices in terms of the changing information & technology environment;
  • developing, adopting, and adapting standards for resource discovery;
  • providing continuing education and training for metadata creators;
  • enabling the extension, iterative enhancement, reuse, and open exchange of metadata;
  • facilitating the automated generation of metadata;
  • developing tools and templates for metadata creation;
  • fostering and experimenting with emerging technologies, such as linked data;
  • encouraging work at the network level;
  • ensuring that controlled vocabularies recommended for use in PCC standards are formally registered;
  • employing technology creatively;
  • collaborating with scientific and cultural heritage institutions, publishers, and vendors;
  • partnering with projects and professional organizations in areas of mutual interest.

PCC Programs

Monographic Bibliographic Record Program (BIBCO)

Through this program, members contribute bibliographic records to globally-distributed databases. These records are identified as PCC records and are notable for their complete authority work (both descriptive and subject), a call number from a recognized system (such as LC Classification, Dewey Decimal Classification, or NLM Classification), and at least one subject access point drawn from standard thesauri.

Cooperative Online Serials Program (CONSER)

CONSER is a source of high quality bibliographic records for serials and integrating resources that conform to approved standards. Unlike most monographs, serials and integrating resources are constantly changing in a variety of ways. CONSER Program participants are given the authority to modify the master serial record on the OCLC WorldCat database.

Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO)

Through this program, participants contribute authority records for personal, corporate, and jurisdictional names; uniform titles; and series headings to the LC/NACO Authority File. Membership in NACO is open to any institution willing to support their staff through a process of training, review, and direct contributions of records to the LC/NACO Name Authority File.

Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO)

Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO) members propose subject headings for inclusion in Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), and classification number proposals for inclusion in Library of Congress Classification (LCC) schedules.

PCC Training

In support of its mission and goals, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging conducts specialized training and mentoring for participants and non-members in conjunction with professional meetings and conferences, or as part of the Program itself with training held at the Library of Congress and institutions around the world. Additionally, in response to the need for general cataloger education, the PCC, the Library of Congress, and ALCTS developed several workshops now freely available through the Web at the Cataloger’s Learning Workshop (CLW). CLW workshops reinforce metadata and cataloging creation skills that ultimately improves the quality and increases the number of shared records.