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Cataloging in Publication Program

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Publisher-Provided Summaries

Writing Summaries

The Library of Congress has developed guidelines for publishers who want the summaries they prepare to appear in the MARC bibliographic record and the CIP Data as submitted. The CIP Program will accept publisher-supplied summaries if the summaries comply with the CIP Guidelines for Summaries.

Because these summaries will become part of the catalog record, they will be distributed to all the libraries and book vendors, who obtain these records. This will enhance key word searching of the book and also provide readers fuller information about the book. All titles may be included in this program, and we encourage participating publishers to include as many titles as possible.

To begin your participation, please carefully read the CIP Guidelines for Summaries and begin to include such summaries on your CIP Data Applications. If you have any questions about this program, please contact your publisher liaison.