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ECIP Processing Time Affected by Staff Retirements at the Library of Congress

Effective immediately, the Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Program must ask your cooperation in extending its goal of processing ECIP applications from two weeks to three weeks (fifteen working days).  A significant loss of staff due to retirements in 2011 has prompted the need for the Library of Congress to make this change. 

As per our current commitments, publications that fall into the categories listed below may be delayed beyond the goal of three weeks:

  • Publications requiring extensive research to establish new name headings, new subject headings, or new classification numbers.
  • Publications requiring cataloger consultation with the Library’s Policy and Standards Division because they raise complex cataloging policy questions.
  • Publications requiring analysis by staff from differing subject specialties because their subject content does not fall precisely into a specific section of the Library of Congress Classification (for example, multi-disciplinary works).
  • Publications that are juvenile works, which require the creation of summaries.
  • Science, technology, and medicine publications that represent approximately one-third of the overall CIP Program workload.

Publishers are strongly encouraged to submit applications as early as possible in advance of publication to provide ample processing time should the application encounter any unforeseen problems.  As always, we will strive to provide the best and most effective service.