If you add donations to your collection and Amazon does not have the price listed it is worth it to check out ISBN Compare Prices. Availability listsings will be shown which can be somewhat helpful if the original price is not shown. When available the original publication information is shown and includes the original list price. Sometimes summaries and reviews are also available.

The CCO Commons is the online home of Cataloging Cultural Objects: a Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images and is “a data content standard for the cultural heritage community”.  They have examples for cataloging built works/structures, decorative objects/utilitarian objects, manuscripts, paintings, time-based works, photographs, prints and drawings, sculpture, graphic documentation and digital art.

Direct links:

Native American basket

Group of arrowheads

Textual manuscript 

Animation cel

Modern sculpture


Yale University Library has been kind to document and share their policies and procedures. This could be useful for examples of how to catalog a particular item.

The Special Libraries Cataloguing company in is based in Victoria, BC and was founded by J McRee (Mac) Elrod who shared his expertise and opinions (especially on  the listserv autocat). I adapted their “cheat” sheets for my own personal use.

The Library of Congress’ Cataloger’s Learning Workshop has free training materials. Topics include LC subject headings, RDA and Bibframe.

Searching the Library of Congress catalog may be useful to see how they are using a subject heading. Searching your own catalog or other library/consortium’s can also be helpful.


The ODLIS: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science is exactly what the name says it is: a dictionary of library terms. Words, phrases and acronyms are listed for your browsing or searching pleasure. You will find the everyday to the more arcane terms such as 8mm, Kallitype, KB, rhumb line, rpm, zine.

BIBFRAME? EAD? MARC 21 forms? MARCXML? PREMIS? Z39.50? ISO 639-2? need to know more?

The Standards page from the Library of Congress is a good resource that has links to the standards for Resource Description Formats, Digital Library Standards, Information Resource Retrieval Protocols and Information Resource Retrieval Standards.

“PCC is a cooperative cataloging venture wherein members contribute bibliographic records and related data under a common set of standards and conventions using the bibliographic utilities.”

The Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) has its own page on the Library of Congress website. This is where you will find information about the PCC programs BIBCO, CONSER, NACO & SACO, their decisions, policies, guidelines and how to join.

According to a serials librarian I know you if you catalog serials you need to know the MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data. The online publication provides access to descriptions of “every data element, along with examples”.


I had difficulty finding the Library of Congress Online Catalog/Authority Record Error Report Form on the LC website so I made certain to bookmark it.

The Library of Congress Cataloging and Acquisitions Home page is a useful starting page for finding some of the information needed to catalog. The home page has links to:

  • Subject & Genre Form Headings list
  • ALA-LC Romanization Tables
  • MARC standards and Documentation

Products available for download include:

  • Genre/Form terms (LCGFT) and manual,
  • Descriptive Cataloging Manual