David L. Rice Library


Book and Media Cataloging

Cataloging is a processing area responsible for maintaining the book & media records, of both bibliographic and holdings information, in our online catalog, Webvoyager. The accuracy of these records is vital for efficient access to the library's resource for patrons on campus and those accessing the collection remotely.


Functions include:

  • Accurate assignment of classification under Library of Congress, Dewey Decimal, and Superintendent of
      Document systems
  • Creation and maintenance of online catalog records
  • Physical preparation of materials for public use
  • Forwarding of items to be shelved in the various library locations


Because original cataloging is an expensive, time-consuming, and complex process, cataloging staff locates records for many items through the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). OCLC is the largest bibliographic service in the world, used by over 24,000 libraries in 62 countries, and it offers over 40 million bibliographic records.