The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) continues working on projects while Illinois maintains its shelter-in-place policy. Some projects that staff are working on include creating authority records, transcribing local oral histories for Marshall Public Library, performing database cleanup for PrairieCat, creating Moodle courses and presentations, and cataloging.

A new Moodle course, Subject Analysis, is a 6-week course and worth 15 continuing education credits. This course will run from May 11-June 19. Registration is limited to 25 students and registration closes on May 5.

posted: April 25, 2020 - 6:37pm

Vince and HeidiThe Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) staff, like the rest of IHLS staff, is working remotely while staying in their homes. While we are at home, Vince Andrzejewski retired, after 11 years working tirelessly for the CMC, and at the same time we welcomed new staff member Heidi Margold, whom most of us have only met virtually.

posted: April 21, 2020 - 9:54am

Chinese Herb book cover


The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) recently cataloged 10 Asian language books for the Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

posted: March 12, 2020 - 9:46am

Literary Congress of Clubs program



The Bloomington Public Library sent several souvenir programs from the 19th and 20th century to the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) for cataloging. The programs are shelved in their Illinois collection.

posted: February 24, 2020 - 9:56am


At times, the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) has the privilege not only of cataloging challenging items, but also items that are, weirdly, a lot of fun to work with (if you are a cataloger).

posted: January 28, 2020 - 4:46pm

leather book cover



The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) recently cataloged a record book from 1861 for the West Sangamon Public Library District.

posted: January 10, 2020 - 4:06pm

Mattoon Public Library received between 400-450 donated braille books from the Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education, ranging from children to adult level.

posted: December 9, 2019 - 5:49pm

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) catalogs local authors, local history, genealogy, and foreign language materials. "Special collections" can include many different things such as Superman items, Abraham Lincoln materials, local government documents, or microfilm. We see many yearbooks, cookbooks, and family histories.

posted: November 22, 2019 - 11:03am

The Dixon Public Library has a local history archival collection of letters and other papers of Frank E. Stevens. The collection consists of book contracts, correspondence, notes, newspaper articles, documents, and ancillary materials of Frank E. Stevens from the years 1832 to 1938.

posted: November 1, 2019 - 3:29pm

When faced with a wall of complicated microfilm that needed to be cataloged, the Dixon Public Library enlisted the aid of the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC). The microfilm consists of the Dixon newspaper, which either changed names or number of weekly issues nine times since 1851, when it was a weekly paper called...

posted: September 17, 2019 - 10:52am