FLC Cataloging Guidelines and Best Practices

This document is a consolidation of several separate FLC cataloging policies, many of which were becoming outdated. Between January and June, 2015, the FLC catalogers’ group met several times to review all of the standing documentation with the objective of simplifying and reducing the total number of local practices followed. Our overriding principle was an emphasis on clarity, consistency and simplification. As a working document, we expect that changes will be made on an ongoing basis, as new decisions are made for local processes or national practices. The document contains three distinct types of information: 1. Local practices per MARC field and format, determined by the needs of our local users and regional resource sharing agencies, which we have all agreed to follow to maximize consistency of practice across the FLC. (Many of these local practices were decided upon based on the results of surveys we conducted with public services staff at each library.) 2. Explanatory information for certain “cataloger’s judgment” situations where each library, on its own, might make a decision that is not local or non-standard per se, but that doesn’t work for the other libraries sharing the same bib. An example is the section on how to determine audience level for items that straddle a fence between teen and adult, or teen and juvenile, and end up being shelved in different collections at each library. This type of guideline allows for consistency of practice across the FLC. 3. Explanatory information for ambiguous national standards that need further clarification for consistent application by each library. Examples are the section on how to treat series, and the RDA information at the end. Table of Contents Contents 1. Executive Summary 2. General Policies 3. Local and Non-standard Practices 4. Serials Cataloging 5. RDA Checklist