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Cataloging

Involvement in Cooperative Programs

The Cataloging Section participates in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), a coalition of libraries organized to promote effective cooperative cataloging by increasing the availability of standard bibliographic records. Specifically, under the PCC umbrella, NLM participates in the following programs:

  • Supplies NLM's new serials cataloging information to the CONSER (Cooperative Online Serials Program) database via the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) system. CONSER is an international effort to build a machine-readable bibliographic database for serials. NLM's CONSER records are available to users of OCLC and other bibliographic utilities.
  • Participates in the Cataloging-in-Publication (CIP) Program with the Library of Congress in which books are cataloged from galley proofs and the cataloging information is printed in the books at the time of publication;
  • Contributes core records for English-language monographs, audiovisuals, and computer software to the national database via the BIBCO Program; and
  • Contributes name authority records used in NLM cataloging to the Library of Congress for the National Coordinated Cataloging Operations (NACO) Program.

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