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1.2. Cataloging Etiquette

Joining a consortium of libraries affects how catalogers accomplish their job. As a Cataloger, you are no longer creating records for your own library; you are creating records for all libraries within the consortium as everyone shares the same MARC (title) record. For example, what is entered into the 245 tag is displayed to all patrons across all libraries who use an NC Cardinal library. NC Cardinal recommends the following cataloging etiquette:

 

Item Catalogers

Do:

Do not:

 

Bibliographic Catalogers

Do:

Do not:

 

If you are unsure about a specific MARC record and what something means within the MARC record, contact the library that created the record or made the last update. The list of cataloging contacts for each library system is on The Nest.


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