May 26, 2022

Cataloging and Metadata: Library of Congress Dewey and Cataloging in Publication Sections Merge

From a Statement by Karl Debus-López, chief of the U.S. Programs, Law, and Literature Division, and Caroline Saccucci, head of the newly merged CIP and Dewey Section (via the 025.431 Blog):

The Cataloging in Publication (CIP) and Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) sections of the Library of Congress have merged their operations effective February 7, 2016. This merger will foster greater collaboration between the CIP and Dewey programs as they work together to prepare descriptive and subject metadata for close to 50,000 electronic title galleys received from over 5,300 U.S. publishers, annually at the Library. Through the merger, the two programs will be able to leverage their strengths in support of each other and be better able to create innovative products and services for their clienteles.


This merger is a logical extension of a greater collaboration that has occurred between the CIP and Dewey programs since 2013 when they were moved into the same division at the Library.

Read the Complete Statement (About 600 Words)

See Also: Cataloging and Metadata: Library of Congress Introduces New Cataloging in Publication Data Block (September 30, 2015)

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