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Sources for Cataloging Standards

Cataloging staff at libraries participating in PINES should be able to access the following cataloging resources online. It is mandatory that these resources are available to catalogers creating original cataloging in OCLC’s WorldCat database. As of August 2017, the Georgia Public Library service purchases subscriptions for major online cataloging standards and tools for all public libraries in the state. Questions about the subscriptions should be addressed to the PINES and Collaborative Projects Manager.

The standards contained in the cataloging sources listed here should be consulted and followed when entering new records and editing existing in OCLC’s WorldCat database and when modifying existing records in the PINES bibliographic database.

RDA Toolkit

RDA (Resource Description & Access) is the new standard for descriptive cataloging, suited for user focused linked data applications. It supplies guidelines and instructions for creating bibliographic data for use by libraries and other cultural institutions. It replaces Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition (AACR2).

The RDA Toolkit is an online, browser-based manual for RDA that also provides access to AACR2, Library of Congress Policy Statements (LCPS), and other documentation and workflows to assist subscribers apply RDA. Access to the toolkit is at RDA Toolkit. Each library should have institutional logins for the toolkit.


WebDewey is the web-based version of the Dewey Decimal Classification System. It is constantly updated to reflect changes approved by the Dewey editorial team. The print version has been discontinued and will not be available for purchase after 2018.

Access to WebDewey is available from within the Connexion Client and the Connexion browser. It also can be accessed directly at WebDewey.

MARC standards

Standards for MARC formats and MARC code lists can be found at MARC Standards

Code lists include those for languages and countries. Also available at the link is a tutorial on MARC.

OCLC and MARC standards

OCLC. 2017. Bibliographic formats and standards. 4th edition. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC.

Includes a field by field guide to MARC21 formats for cataloging in OCLC’s Worldcat as well as a guide on when to input new records.

Subject Headings and Genre/Form terms

American Library Association. 2000. Guidelines on subject access to individual works of fiction, drama, etc. 2nd Chicago : American Library Association.

Library of Congress. 2018.Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress. 2017.Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms .

Other resources

While the following resources are not required for PINES catalogers, they do provide additional information that may be useful.

IFLA Study Group on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. 2009. Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records

Music Library Association's Cataloging and Metadata Committee. 2017. Website of the Music Library Association's Cataloging and Metadata Committee

Music Library Association, RDA Music Implementation Task Force. 2015. Best Practices for. Music Cataloging. Using RDA and MARC21.

Music OCLC Users Group (MUOG). 2017. Cataloging.

OCLC. 2017. Librarian’s Toolbox. Includes links to OCLC cataloging products, tools, documentation, and tutorials.

OCLC. 2017. About RDA.

OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers) The OLAC website has a number of publications and resources for cataloging audiovisual materials.

Yale University. Irving S. Gilmore Music Library. [no date]. Music cataloging at Yale

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