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September 9, 1999

Library of Congress Produces One-Millionth CIP Record

The number of cataloging records available to the nation's libraries through the Library of Congress's Cataloging in Publication (CIP) program recently passed the 1 million mark. Write It Down, Make It Happen: A Practical and Inspirational Guide to Identifying What You Want -- and Getting It by Henriette Anne Klauser, scheduled for publication by Scribner in January 2000, was the one-millionth record to be created since the program began in 1971.

"CIP records support not only the 115,000 libraries in the United States but libraries all over the world -- not to speak of the U.S. book industry," said Cataloging in Publication Division Chief John Celli. "By creating top quality cataloging for books in high demand, and doing so before the book is published, we save the library community worldwide an incalculable amount of money annually. Even more important than the money is the access to the nation's knowledge and creativity that CIP cataloging provides."

The United States CIP Program was established in the Library of Congress Cataloging Directorate in 1971. More than 4,000 United States publishers and affiliates submit applications for CIP data, along with a galley or book excerpts prior to publication of a title. CIP division staff, catalogers, technicians, and Dewey Decimal classifiers create a catalog record for the title according to the same standards used for cataloging of published materials, and the completed cataloging data are mailed to the publisher so that it can be printed in the published book. Upon publication of the book, the publisher submits a copy to the Cataloging in Publication Division to ensure that the data in the catalog record match the book as published.

The Library cataloged 51,792 titles last year through the CIP Program. The Library's Cataloging Distribution Service makes these catalog records available as part of its MARC Distribution Service to library service vendors worldwide.

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PR 99-130
9/9/99
ISSN 0731-3527

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