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Cataloguing Resources

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)

WebDewey (subscription)

MARC Standards (Library of Congress) (free to access)

Cataloguer’s Desktop (subscription)

RDA Toolkit (subscription)



Key Organisations and Learning Resources

Library of Congress

Library of Congress. Cataloguing and Acquisitions Home

Contains a wealth of information on descriptive cataloguing, classification, subject headings, new initiatives including BIBFRAME, etc.

Library of Congress Cataloguer’s Learning Workshop

Library of Congress Program for Cooperative Cataloguing



(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.

You can access OCLC’s Librarian Toolbox here. It provides links to many free to access and subscription resources. You can access OCLC’s Technical Bulletins here.

OCLC also develops products such as WorldCat, WebDewey, WorldShare (collection management, discovery, analysis).

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.

IFLA Cataloguing Section

IFLA Classification and Indexing Section


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.

CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG)



European RDA Interest Group (EURIG)



Cataloguing and Metadata Standards and Models

Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules Revision 2 (AACR2)

Resource Description and Access (RDA)

DCRM(B): Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books)

Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR)

Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME)

BIBCO Standard Record Metadata Application Profiles (MAPS)

Metadata Resources (compiled by Steven J. Miller, University of Wisconsin)



Controlled Vocabularies / Authority Lists

Library of Congress Authorities (free to access) and manuals (free to access)

Medical Subject Headings (free to access)

Art & Architecture Thesaurus (free to access) (Irish placenames) (free to access)

Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) (free to access)

Controlled Vocabularies for Use in Rare Book and Special Collections Cataloging (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)


RDA Blog

RDA Toolkit Blog

Dewey Blog

Karen Coyle’s Website and Blog including FRBR Before and After

Metadata Matters

ALCTS Metadata Blog

Planet Cataloguing

Bibliographic Wilderness

I never met metadata I didn't like

First Thus Thoughts about the future of libraries and the catalog


Cataloging Futures


Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog

Current Cites : an annotated bibliography of selected articles, books, and digital documents on information technology

Library of Congress Blog



Mailing Lists

AUTOCAT Mailing List

IFLA Cataloguing Mailing List (CATSMAIL)

IFLA Classification and Indexing Mailing List (CLASS)

RDA-L Open Discussion of RDA and Related Topics

FRBR Review Group Discussion List

BIBFRAME Mailing List