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Cataloging and Metadata Management

Mission of the National Library of Medicine Cataloging and Metadata Management Section


  • Provides authoritative bibliographic and authority records required for the NLM collection, other NLM programs, and the U.S. Cataloging-in-Publication (CIP) Program
  • Provides preliminary record creation and maintenance for NLM programs (GENBANK, NIHMS, PMC, LSTRC, Bookshelf, CIT Videocasts)
  • Distributes machine-readable records in MARC and XML formats
  • Provides metadata mapping and services for bibliographic and authority data
  • Maintains the NLM Classification
  • Manages the cataloging contracts
  • Assists biomedical libraries by providing cataloging copy, training materials, and updates on cataloging policies, procedures and trends
  • Participates in national and international bibliographic control programs and standards development


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