Celebrating the Thirty-Fifth Anniversary of the Cataloging in Publication Program

Arlene Klair, University of Maryland

John Celli, Chief of the Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Division at the Library of Congress (LC), greeted the attendees and encouraged participation in both the CIP Advisory Group and one of the two CIP surveys. One survey is for the 3,800 publishers who participate in the program. The library survey is available at http://cip.loc.gov.

Oxana Horodecka, Coordinator of Electronic Programs, CIP, LC, briefly highlighted the thirty-five-year history of CIP. Begun in 1971 with twenty-seven publishers, its mission was to catalog books most likely to be acquired by the nation's libraries. For more than 35 years CIP has produced 1,300,000 records. CIP produced 55,000 records in 2005 alone. While the program is anecdotally recognized as providing a valuable service, the survey will demonstrate value to enable LC to make informed decisions regarding resources.

Five speakers representing academic, public, school, and special libraries, and a vendor, spoke to the value of CIP. Libraries that frequently use cataloging copy having no idea it likely began as CIP. This makes it hard to judge impact in the event CIP production was curtailed or possibly eliminated. Several speakers mentioned the value of CIP for hundreds of libraries that lack access to a bibliographic utility. Small academic libraries, some public libraries and, in particular school libraries, rely on the presence the CIP to provide cataloging. Some libraries look for CIP before purchasing books. CIP is also used as a means of determining work flow. It can be a great tool to for training new catalogers. The consensus was that CIP helps vendors and libraries alike to deliver books quickly to users.

Celli gratefully acknowledged that more libraries are volunteering to provide CIP for their university press titles. LC is encouraged by this effort. In January 2007, all publishers will be required to submit CIP information electronically. This will help streamline CIP operations to cope with the loss of many positions at LC.

The major findings of the preliminary results from the 673 survey responses received to date show that 86 percent of respondents use the CIP in books, almost half find the various kinds of summary notes useful, 46 percent find table of contents links very useful, and 60 percent do not download the upgraded record once the initial CIP version has been obtained. The data suggests that CIP is, indeed, a valuable program that should continue.