Everyday Cataloguing Tools
Tools and information for everyday work. Institutional subscriptions may be required for the below.
Classification Web (subscription)
OCLC Classify (free to access)
MARC Standards (Library of Congress) (free to access)
Cataloguer’s Desktop (subscription)
RDA Toolkit (subscription)
Key Organisations and Learning Resources
Library of Congress
Contains a wealth of information on descriptive cataloguing, classification, subject headings, new initiatives including BIBFRAME, etc.
(primarily subscription based)
OCLC is a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs for its membership and the library community at large.
More information on the OCLC Cataloguing Subscription is available here.
International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users.
Library Association of Ireland
The Library Association of Ireland (LAI) was founded in 1928 as the professional body representing libraries and librarianship in Ireland.
CILIP is the leading body representing the information professions in the UK.
Cataloguing and Metadata Standards and Models
Metadata Resources (compiled by Steven J. Miller, University of Wisconsin)
Controlled Vocabularies / Authority Lists
Medical Subject Headings (free to access)
Art & Architecture Thesaurus (free to access)
Logainm.ie (Irish placenames) (free to access)
Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) (free to access)
Some professional organisations such as CILIP provide member access to subscription journals. You can check what benefits your membership subscription offers with your professional organisation.
Cataloging and Classification Quarterly (subscription)
Catalogue and Index Periodical of the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group. (open access)
Journal of Internet Cataloguing (subscription)
Journal of Library Metadata (subscription)
The Indexer (Articles are released for free access after 3 years.)
D-Lib Magazine (open access)
Ariadne web magazine for information professionals (open access)
Tutorials, Blogs, and Other Resources
WebJunction: the learning place for libraries (free tutorials on different aspects of librarianship, including introductions to cataloguing and classification)
Troublesome Cataloguers and Magical Metadata Fairies Facebook Group (active group posting and discussing on cataloguing, classification and related topics)
Current Cites : an annotated bibliography of selected articles, books, and digital documents on information technology