Library of Congress

Program for Cooperative Cataloging

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PCC members participate in programs that shape the future of cataloging and reduce the costs of cataloging for everyone. Members work cooperatively with catalogers and metadata specialists around the globe, and receive training from experienced PCC trainers.

PCC institutions and staff:

Participate in:

  • Programs that are shaping the future of cataloging practice
  • Review and development of cost-efficient national and international cataloging standards
  • Design and development of training course material
  • Standing committees and task forces that define and extend the Program's policies, objectives, and standards


  • Cost of cataloging operations
  • Burden of cataloging commonly-held materials
  • Amount of local authority creation and maintenance


  • Number of catalogers working globally at defined cataloging standards
  • Number of cataloging records that can be used with little or no local editing
  • Number of authority records available to the larger library community


  • Training by experienced PCC trainers
  • Free online access to training materials and selected cataloging documentation
  • Career development opportunities through interaction with colleagues around the world