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Harvard Library Joins the Library of Congress Electronic Cataloging in Publication Program

National cooperative cataloging facilitates acquisition process


Harvard Library has moved into production as a new member of the Library of Congress Electronic Cataloging in Publication Program. This program is a national cooperative cataloging endeavor that provides catalog records for books before they are published. These catalog records are printed on the copyright page by the publisher. They are also distributed electronically by the Library of Congress to bibliographic services, vendors, libraries, and so forth. This information facilitates book acquisitions and cataloging, as well as providing helpful information for patrons. 

“Participation in the Electronic Cataloging Program is a demonstration of Harvard Library’s continued commitment to provide cataloging to the broad library community,” said Scott Wicks, associate librarian for Information and Technical Services. “This is a national, high-value program that leverages the cooperative efforts of our peers and the Library of Congress in our work.”

Early in 2015, Harvard began to investigate how best to participate in this program. Former library staff member Brendan Short was instrumental in providing technical support, and Harvard Library now has a group of four staff members—Yuliya Bir, Isabel Quintana, Susan Radovsky, Karen Young—working on this process. They are providing full-level cataloging, including the creation of all corresponding names, series, and/or subject authority records, for all titles published by Harvard University Press, Harvard University Asia Center, Belknap Press, Peabody Museum Press, and Tupelo Press. 

The group will collaborate with staff at Harvard University Press and the Library of Congress, to ensure the timely delivery of records to partners. At Harvard, approximately 330 titles will be cataloged each year as part of this program. 

published September 01, 2015