Q. What cataloging rules and publications do LC catalogers use?


For materials cataloged for the general and area studies collections (primarily textual materials), LC catalogers currently use Resource Description and Access (RDA) for original cataloging, although the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules may still be used for processing copy cataloging. Cataloging for the Library’s special collections may represent several different standards. The publications listed below are also used by LC catalogers (most of which are also included in Cataloger's Desktop).

Descriptive cataloging aspects:

  • LC-PCC Policy Statements
  • Music and Sound Recordings Online Manual (MOIM)
  • Descriptive Cataloging Manual
  • CONSER Editing Guide
  • CONSER Cataloging Manual
  • Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books)
  • Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Graphics)
  • Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Serials)
  • Map Cataloging Manual
  • Describing Archives: a Contents Standard (DACS)
  • Archival Moving Image Materials: A Cataloging Manual

Subject cataloging aspects:

  • Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Subject Headings Manual

Classification/Inventory Control Aspects:

  • Library of Congress Classification
  • Classification and Shelflisting Manual
  • Dewey Decimal Classification
  • LC Cutter Table

Machine-Readable Cataloging Aspects (MARC)


  • Last Updated May 05, 2020
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