Cataloging in Publication
by Anna Lingerfelt
What is CIP?
The CIP program began in 1971 as a grant-funded special project. Now, over forty-years later, it is fully funded by the Library of Congress ("30th anniversary," 2001).According to the Library of Congress website, Cataloging in Publication (CIP) not only helps librarians "expedite and reduce the cost of cataloging," it also provides a "marketing tool for publishers." With the CIP program, the Library of Congress catalogs books before they are published to enable easier integration to library collections.
Libraries, book vendors, and other networks receive machine-readable versions of the CIP. Only publishers whose books will be acquired by libraries across the country are eligible for the CIP program.
How does it work?
For Young Adult and Children's Literature, the Library of Congress will also provide a short summary and subject headers to the CIP data.
Pros and Cons
Other cons are the limitations set on eligibility, excluding self-publishers.
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