Q. How is LC involved in cooperative cataloging programs?
The Library of Congress is involved in cooperative cataloging programs through its participation in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). LC serves on both the PCC Steering Committee and the Policy Committee. It also operates as the secretariat to coordinate and support component programs within the PCC: Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO), Bibliographic Record Cooperative Program (BIBCO), CONSER (Cooperative Online Serials) Program, and Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO).
LC staff members are among those who conduct direct training of cataloging staff at other institutions and serve as reviewers and points of contact for members. LC staff serves on other PCC committees, task forces, and groups to develop policies and practices for the Program. LC is a CONSER member and its authenticated serial records represent the largest single contribution to the CONSER database. LC catalogers contribute other bibliographic and authority records that are distributed as PCC records to the library community.
The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) program provides and promotes bibliographic access to the nation's documentary heritage by producing cataloging describing archival collections held by eligible archival repositories throughout the U.S. and its territories, and by providing free searching, via a NUCMC gateway, of archival cataloging in OCLC WorldCat.