PCIP

WHAT ARE CATALOGING, CIP and PCIP?

  • Cataloging is descriptive information about a resource, using a set vocabulary, formatted according to national standards and created by a trained cataloger. When an item has CIP or PCIP, a cataloging block is usually found on the back of the title page.
  • CIP (Cataloging In Publication) is a cataloging block created by the Library of Congress. The CIP Program was established to enhance the services of publishers and librarians by providing bibliographic descriptions of published materials in a timely fashion.
  • PCIP (Publisher’s Cataloging-In-Publication) is a cataloging block created by a trained cataloger at the request of a publisher. CIP and PCIP are created using the same set of rules. The only difference is the agency which creates the cataloging.
  • PCIP gives librarians all the information they need to quickly add a record to their database or card catalog.  This means improved service to library users (and happy librarians).
  • PCIP should only be created by a professionally trained cataloger who understands the required format and controlled vocabulary used by the library community.

WHICH ITEMS NEED PCIP?

Any published material that is acquired by a library. This includes:

  • Print materials
  • eBooks
  • Audiobooks and streaming audio files
  • DVDs
  • Streaming video files

WHY DOES YOUR BOOK NEED PCIP?

PCIP is a value-added feature; a purchasing librarian will recognize that your title(s) can be quickly added to a library’s collection. Books without CIP/PCIP are often set aside to be cataloged later. This means that your title will not get onto the shelves and into readers’ hands as quickly as you would like.

PCIP is an option for publishers who have not requested (or do not qualify for) CIP from the Library of Congress.

WHAT INFORMATION IS INCLUDED IN A PCIP?

  • A formatted description of the material (author, title, edition, etc.)
  • ISBN
  • PCN (optional) Publishers can request a Preassigned Control Number from the Library of Congress. This is not a requirement; here is a link for more information: http://www.loc.gov/publish/pcn/
  • Library of Congress subject terms (these allow a book to be searched and linked by common descriptive terms)
  • Library of Congress authorized name terms
  • Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification numbers

RATES AND DELIVERY

Regular service = 2 weeks, $80.00 per title.

Rush service = 3 days, $115.00 per title.

(For non-English titles or books in non-Roman script, please contact us directly (pcip@dgiinc.com) for language availability and pricing. All times are business days from receipt of order to email delivery by DGI)