Centralized cataloging and processing services are provided in the Iowa City Community School District as an extension of the building level library program. Its mission is to facilitate access to materials in a manner that meet the needs of school library users as interpreted by building level teacher librarians.
Goals of the division include:
The classification scheme used in the Center will be the latest edition of the unabridged Dewey Decimal Classification. Due to system display constraints, most numbers will not be carried out more than three places past the decimal point.
If there are special cataloging or processing requests for certain items, please make the Cataloging Center aware of these at the time of order. This can be done by putting special instructions on the requisition form and sending a copy of that form to cataloging, or by e-mail.
The Cataloging and Processing center operates on a rotational basis, with each school having some cataloging done about once per month. Special requests can usually be accommodated. If a given school has a large backlog of cataloging, it is helpful if the teacher librarian will visit the cataloging center and prioritize materials to be cataloged. Our goal is no more than a 30–60-day turnaround at cataloging; this is not always possible due to high volume, especially at the beginning of the school year.
The Cataloging Center provides various supplies such as date due slips, replacement book covers, spine labels, etc., to the schools.
This page was last updated on March 28, 2011.