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Introduction to Department

Cataloging Department

The Cataloging Department, a component of Information Resources Management, is responsible for cataloging, classification, subject analysis, and authority control for the collections and information resources of Morris Library. Staff members are responsible for the bibliographic integrity and consistency of information. As a member of CARLI, we are part of a shared cataloging environment and bibliographic maintenance activities are regulated to a certain extent by consortial agreements. The Cooperative Cataloging Guidelines for I-Share Databases are available at

Database Maintenance Unit

The Database Maintenance Unit maintains the integrity of the online catalog by updating bibliographic information and through problem solving. To ensure timely processing, the unit is responsible for organizing and searching of newly received material. The unit also provides system support to improve productivity and to accommodate changes in workflow.

Cataloging Department Goals

The Cataloging Department will:

  1. Provide original and/or derived bibliographic records for library materials in all formats that are forwarded to us. According to established guidelines and within staffing capabilities, full bibliographic access includes:
  • Accurate description and classification.
  • Appropriate and adequate access points (personal, corporate, subject).
  • Name and subject heading authority work.
  • Rush on-demand cataloging.
  1. Work to improve ease of access to the library's collections.
  2. Collect statistics on cataloging and maintenance activities as necessary for administrative reports and planning purposes.
  3. Continue to review procedures and workflow for maximum productivity and efficiency.
  4. Pursue solutions to cataloging those materials for which we have limited or no expertise.
  5. Pursue solutions to retrospective conversion for materials unavailable in the online catalog.
  6. Utilize student help wherever possible to assist processing of current materials and for special projects.

    Cataloging Staff

    Beth Cox
    Coordinator of Cataloging & Metadata
    Special formats

    Tori Bond
    Monographs, IMC

    Heidi Coons
    Database maintenance

    Joe Fiedler
    Monographs, maps

    Susan Howell
    Database maintenance

    Karin Wece
    Videos, special formats

    Contact Morris

    Morris Library
    Southern Illinois University
    Carbondale, IL 62901
    Information Desk: (618) 453-2818
    Administrative Office: (618) 453-2522
    Circulation Desk: (618) 453-1455

    Web Administrator


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