Published 7/20/2022 3:54 PM CT, Updated 7/21/2022 10:54 AM CT

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging Support

Learn the nuances of cataloging and collection discoverability in 20 minutes when you attend the Cataloging Maintenance Center’s Online with the CMC. These brief, 15- to 20-minute webinars, led by CMC cataloging and metadata experts, cover a different challenging or interesting cataloging special topic each month, such as examining accessibility in cataloging and how to use some of the less-common MARC fields. A 40-minute Q&A session follows each presentation, allowing participants to seek clarification or ask about additional cataloging topics.

Online with the CMC webinars are free to all library workers in Illinois thanks to a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

posted: July 19, 2022 - 3:54am

Published 6/8/2022 3:58 PM CT

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging Support

For seasoned librarians interested in exploring new avenues in metadata, as well as library workers looking to learn the fundamentals of cataloging, the Cataloging Maintenance Center provides cataloging training for library workers across the state of Illinois. Subjects range from the basic to the complex — from cataloging fundamentals to the nuances of metadata across lending item types.

All courses are asynchronous, so students may study each module’s materials as their schedules allow so long as they complete the assignments and quizzes by the end of each week.

Courses are free to all library workers in Illinois thanks to a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

posted: June 8, 2022 - 1:04pm

Published 5/23/2022 5:02 PM CT

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging Support

The Cataloging Maintenance Center provides free cataloging services to system libraries throughout Illinois. We hope, by now, that this is fairly well-known, and we appreciate all the cataloging work we get to do for the many amazing libraries across Illinois. But did you know that one of the services the CMC provides is metadata cataloging services? If you have any digital collections, like digital photographs, documents, and video or audio recordings, and you need help cataloging them or would like your collection uploaded into the Illinois Digital Archive (run by the Illinois State Library), then we have a dedicated metadata cataloger on staff who is eager to work with you, Katy Egts. Right now, Katy...

posted: June 8, 2022 - 11:36am

Published 5/23/2022 5:02 PM CT

Photograph of the Sallie Logan Public Library building

Part of the mission of the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) is to catalog special collections items, such as archival documents or realia. In most cases, these special collections items are sent through the IHLS delivery service to the Champaign or Edwardsville hub, where Cataloging Maintenance Center staff are located. However, sometimes the items are either too fragile or too large to send to one of the hubs, and the libraries send photographs and descriptions of the items instead. Even more infrequently, the collection cannot be easily understood from pictures and descriptions alone, and the cataloger needs to make a visit to the library. This was the case with some library repository documents at the Sallie Logan Public Library in Murphysboro.

posted: May 18, 2022 - 3:13pm

Published 5/10/2022 7:14 PM CT

"Little Hands" book cover

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) received two children’s books by the author Mariah J. Tolson from Mississippi Valley Library District in Collinsville, Ill. Tolson is an East St. Louis, Ill. native who began writing books during the pandemic for her son, which produced Little Hands.

posted: May 10, 2022 - 7:14pm

Published 3/29/2022 10:51 AM CST

1927 photograph of 109 women and 8 men of the Sexton Manufacturing Company, Grayville, Ill.

When the Groff Memorial Library, in Grayville, Ill., recently secured a donation of local history and genealogical materials from S & R Media, LLC, the library director, Kathleen Rister, contacted the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) to ask if they would assist in cataloging this donation, now known as The Navigator Collection.


posted: March 29, 2022 - 10:52am

Published 10/20/2021 6:11 PM CT,  Last Updated 12:18 PM CT

Welcome, new Cataloging Maintenance Center staff and interns

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) has added a new cataloger and two spring interns to its team. Read More...


posted: February 16, 2022 - 5:29pm

Published 1/31/2022 12:50 PM CT

Book cover for the Arabic language To Kill a Mockingbird

One of the Cataloging Maintenance Center’s (CMC) recent projects is the cataloging of a world language collection for United Township High School, a public high school in East Moline, Ill. This collection primarily contains Arabic fiction novels and short stories, although it also contains other languages, including French. Some items were originally written in the world languages, and some are translations.


posted: January 31, 2022 - 12:49pm

Published 1/10/2022 1:51 PM CT

image: a stack of world language dictionaries, including Slowenisch, Rumanisch, Russian, Spanish, Franzosisch-Deutsch, Pons, Romanian-English/English-Romanian

Looking for help cataloging materials in world languages? There are two statewide programs that can help. Both programs are supported by a grant from the Illinois State Library and are free to Illinois library system members: The Cataloging Maintenance Center (operated by IHLS) and the World Language Cataloging Services Program (a service of RAILS).



posted: January 10, 2022 - 1:52pm

Published 12/17/2021 5:01 PM CT

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging Support

One of the core services of the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) is the cleanup of library catalog records. Hear the CMC explain what they do.

In early 2019, the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) was asked to work on a clean-up project for the PrairieCat consortium, located in the Reaching Across Illinois Library System service area. The project involved bibliographic records that did not have an OCLC number. The project began in April 2019, and the CMC has resolved over 10,752 records in the PrairieCat system since then (as of Oct. 31, 2021)! ...


posted: December 17, 2021 - 5:05pm