Jonathan Hodge, Catalog Librarian, (203) 254-4000 ext. 3303
Stefanie Parry, Library Technical Specialist, (203) 254-4000 ext. 3139
About the Cataloging Unit
The Cataloging Unit organizes, classifies, and provides access to all material received by the library. Cataloging is done through the use of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), which contains over 48 million records for print and nonprint materials. Records are either copied or edited to accurately describe and provide access to the material cataloged. Then, the records are transferred to the integrated library system (ILS). Original cataloging is done for items not in the OCLC database.
The Cataloging Unit is responsible for updating and maintaining the local online catalog with current name and subject authorities and any other pertinent information to ensure the consistency and accuracy of bibliographic records included in the database. End processing work consists of adding item records to the database, as well as the physical preparation of material. Another function of the Unit is to delete from OCLC and the ILS any outdated or lost materials. Daily, monthly, and annual statistics for items received and withdrawn are kept in the Unit.