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The first in a series of articles on cataloging help based on survey results from Minnesota librarians.

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Thank you to those of you who completed the survey about cataloging needs. This is the first in a series of articles based on your feedback.

Copy cataloging, the process of editing a pre-existing bibliographic record instead of creating a completely new record from scratch, is a thing of beauty for catalogers and non-catalogers alike. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.  Accessing an existing bibliographic record takes the stress and guess work out of how to add records to your online catalog that get your users to exactly what they’re looking for.    

Click on the following link to access helpful information on ways to locate existing bibliographic records:   

Bib Records  

In my next column, I will start breaking down the components of a bibliographic record by listing definitions of each required and/or important and give examples on how to construct them. 

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Written by

Susan Vossberg, MLIS
Technical Services Librarian, Northwestern Health Sciences University
Cataloging & Metadata logo.

Education and support including standards, tools, and best practices, plus contract cataloging

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