Q. What is "cooperative cataloging?"
Cooperative cataloging is a way in which libraries work together to create bibliographic and authority records that can also be used by others. Libraries agree to follow established cataloging practices and work in systems or utilities that facilitate the use of records by others. Bibliographic records for materials collected at different institutions can then be shared. Name, subject, and uniform title authority records that are created for one bibliographic record may also be used when the same headings are needed for another bibliographic record. A record for a serial publication can be collectively maintained when one institution creates the initial record and another adds data at a later time to reflect changes in the publication.