Q. How can I know whether the Library will decide to catalog my multivolume set as a whole on a single bibliographic record or to catalog each volume of my multivolume set separately?
If the individual volumes of the set have no subtitles or special titles of their own or no independently meaningful or distinctive titles or subtitles of their own (e.g., "Acad-Beet" or "1900-1929"), the Library is likely to create a single bibliographic record for the set as a whole and the CIP Program will provide a single set of CIP data.
If each volume of the set is prepared by (a) different author(s) and each volume has a different, independently meaningful title, or if all the volumes of the set are by one author and have clearly distinctive titles, the Library is likely to create separate records for the volumes of the set. A common instance of the latter category is a retrospective collection of an author's works, each of which was originally published separately. If the Library does decide to create separate records for each volume of the set, separate CIP data will be provided for each volume.
The decision to create a single record for the set or to create separate records for the individual volumes of the set is not always as clear as in the above examples. Other factors, such as the method of volume or series numbering or cataloger’s judgment, may influence the decision. If you are in any doubt whatsoever, contact your CIP Publisher Liaison for assistance.