May 9, 2014 Library of Congress Plans Improvements to Cataloger's Desktop

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The Library of Congress will introduce enhancements to its Cataloger’s Desktop service that will be available in September 2014. The enhancements will help catalogers find and use Desktop resources more easily, through a simpler user interface, expanded search and navigation, and improved help and training.

Cataloger’s Desktop enables catalogers and metadata specialists to be more productive by bringing together the most useful and varied array of catalogs, cataloging rules, markup standards and manuals into a single search environment. Desktop is a cost-effective tool that helps catalogers maintain a high level of quality service to their libraries.

The enhancements now in development are being implemented based on findings from a series of focus groups the Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service held in February 2014, to discover users’ opinions and possible service improvements.

“The Library of Congress conducted an extensive survey and then convened numerous cataloger focus groups,” said Beacher Wiggins, Library of Congress director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. “The coming enhancements to Cataloger’s Desktop reflect the Library’s aim of making its cataloging tools as responsive to the cataloging community’s needs as possible.”

Users will find a simpler, easier-to-navigate user interface instituted across all functions. Subscribers will be greeted with a cleaner landing page and a simpler starting page. An extensive left-side-of-screen vertical menu will allow subscribers to refine searches via the following: citation, task, material type, publisher, resource type, language and country. A “new resources” facet will help limit searches to recently added or updated resources.

New and in-depth online help documents will be available for a host of common functions. Training videos and presentations will be developed later to augment the online help, after the new user interface has been released.

The Cataloging Distribution Service of the Library of Congress packages, distributes and markets the Library’s cataloging records and cataloging-related publications, tools and resources. Catalogers within the Library of Congress and in libraries around the world rely on the standards and technical publications distributed by CDS to organize their collections for effective access.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 158 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at


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