CMC During the Pandemic, Online with the CMC, and A New Moodle Course


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. If you have items that the CMC can catalog for you during this time only, please scan the front cover, title page, title page verso, and include the dimensions in centimeters, any significant content (maps, tables, etc.), and the last numbered page (if it is a book) and e-mail as a PDF attachment to:

Heidi Margold, our new CMC cataloger, is working on some resources for collection care and handling for returned materials.


Online with the CMC Webinars

If you missed any of our live Online with the CMC webinars, this might be a good time to listen to the recording, which you can find here:


New Moodle Course: Subject Analysis

A new Moodle course, Subject Analysis, is a 6-week course and worth 15 continuing education credits. There are text files, online quizzes, assignments, and links to outside resources (OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards, Library of Congress authority file, MARC21 for Bibliographic Data, videos, and documents). Topics covered include controlled indexing language, keyword versus controlled vocabulary, the purpose of subject headings, the 20% rule, content analysis, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), word-based approaches to retrieval, Sears List of Subject Headings, and MeSh (Medical Subject Headings).This course will run from May 11-June 19.Find more information on the course and register in L2. Registration is limited to 25 students and registration closes on May 5.

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The Cataloging Maintenance Center is helping Illinois libraries catalog special collections to make them available to the public. If you have a special collection that needs to be cataloged, the CMC may be able to help. Contact them at 618.656.3216 x503 or visit the CMC webpage.


Funding for the Cataloging Maintenance Center is provided through the Illinois State Library and the Secretary of State and administered by Illinois Heartland Library System. The CMC provides statewide cataloging support for Illinois libraries, including free original and copy cataloging of eligible special collections, consultation on metadata projects, database cleanup for LLSAPs, cataloging training, and more. Learn more at