Q. Why are self-published works out of scope for the Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Program?
Resources available to support the CIP Program are limited. Recognizing this constraint the CIP Program is limited to publishers with an established history of producing works that are widely acquired by the nation's libraries. Such works often include publications produced by small publishers (over 40% of CIP publishers publish less than 5 titles a year), but do not include works of self-publishers. Works not included in the CIP Program can be cataloged locally by those libraries that obtain them. These works may also be eligible for the Preassigned Control Number Program.