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 NEW! New in Cataloging
New web site for the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate
Fiscal Year 2006 Annual Report for the ABA Directorate

Series at the Library of Congress: June 1, 2006
Series Treatment Decision Delayed
LC Series Treatment Decision
The Changing Nature of the Catalog and its Integration with Other Discovery Tools, prepared for the Library of Congress by Karen Calhoun, Cornell University Library
Cataloger's Learning Workshop, a clearinghouse portal for cataloging and metadata training resources for information workers
See BEAT's video presentation for the WebCat Assistant (6:30 length)
Bibliographic Access Divisions' Strategic Plan for FY05-06
Access Level Record Test
Powerpoint presentation from ALA Annual Conference on LC's TrackER system for electronic resources
Strategic Plan report: Recommendations for Modes of Cataloging for Electronic Resources
Video of the memorial service for Cinder Johanson (93 minutes)
LC Portals Applications Interest Group
Mosaic by Elihu Vedder
The mission of the Bibliographic Access Divisions is to provide effective access to information resources and leadership to the library and information service communities in a rapidly changing environment.

About the Bibliographic Access Divisions

Library of Congress Cataloging Policy and Practice

Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) Home Page
Available at this site: News on changes or proposed changes in cataloging policy and practice at the Library, as well as cataloging tools and documentation, information on name authorities, subject headings (including weekly lists of new and changed subject headings), and the Library of Congress Classification.
Search the Library's Online Catalogs
Library of Congress Online Catalog
Search catalog records representing the vast collection of materials held by the Library including books, microforms, serials, cartographic items, music, visual materials (films, filmstrips, posters, prints, photographs), computer files, and manuscripts. In addition to these records, the LC Online Catalog provides cross references, notes, and circulation status, as well as information about materials still in the acquisitions stage.

Forms-based Search of the Library of Congress Files
Search the LC database or other library catalogs by using a WWW search form and Z39.50 technology.

LC Authorities searching on the Web
Search all Library of Congress authority records for names, titles, series, and subject terms used in cataloging records.

Cataloging Programs and Services

Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC)
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.

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC)
NUCMC is a free-of-charge cooperative cataloging program operated by the Library of Congress. NUCMC catalogers create MARC bibliographic records to describe collections held by participants, and establish pertinent name and subject authority headings.

Cooperative Program for Serials Cataloging (CONSER)
CONSER is a cooperative online serials cataloging program, a source of high quality bibliographic records and documentation for the cataloging of serials.

Serial Record Division
The Serial Record Division has broad responsibility for the processing and bibliographic control of the Library's serials. The Serial Record is the nation's largest serials file, including approximately 900,000 serial entries. Of these, 150,000 titles are estimated to be current receipts. Over 20,000 new entries are added to the file each year.

Information for Publishers
Contact information for obtaining an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), the U.S International Standard Serials Number (ISSN) Center Home Page, and descriptions of the Preassigned Card Number and Cataloging in Publication programs.

The Bibliographic Enrichment Advisory Team (BEAT)
BEAT is charged with the development and implementation of initiatives to develop tools to aid catalogers, reference specialists, and searchers in creating and locating information, seeks to enrich the content of Library of Congress bibliographic records as well as improve access to the data the records contain, and conducts research and development in areas that can contribute to furthering these efforts.

Publications and Newsletters

LC Cataloging Newsline (LCCN)
LC Cataloging Newsline is the electronic journal of the Bibliographic Access Divisions. Articles are selected on the basis of interest to the broader cataloging community.
LCCN back issues

CONSERline is the electronic journal of the CONSER program, the Cooperative Online Serials program administered at the Library of Congress.
CONSERline Home Page

Reports and Conference Proceedings

Access Level Record Test

Cataloging Directorate Strategic Plan FY03-04

Fiscal Year 2005 Annual Report for the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate

Fiscal Year 2004 Annual Report for the Bibliographic Access Divisions

Fiscal Year 2003 Annual Report for the Cataloging Directorate

Fiscal Year 2001 Annual Report for the Cataloging Directorate

Fiscal Year 2002 Annual Report for the Cataloging Directorate

LC Report from the 2006 MLA/MOUG meeting in PDF format or Word format


Other Reports and Papers

Related Products and Services Outside the Cataloging Directorate

Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS)
CDS develops and markets products and services which provide access to Library of Congress resources. You can order CDS products from the Complete Catalog of Bibliographic Products and Services which is searchable by title or subject.

MARC Home Page
The MARC formats are standards for the representation and communication of bibliographic and related information in machine-readable form.
Test link for indexing table of contents data.
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