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Cataloging and Metadata Services
126 Paterno Library
University Park, PA 16802-1808

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Phone: (814) 865-1755
Fax: (814) 863-7293


BIBCO is the monographic bibliographic record component of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging at the Library of Congress. BIBCO participants create new bibliographic records or make changes to existing bibliographic records contributed by other libraries, including the Library of Congress.

Cataloging & Metadata Services Department members who have completed all necessary training and review processes are authorized to participate in BIBCO in the monographs, maps, and visual materials formats. Penn State participates in all four PCC programs - NACO, SACO, CONSER, and BIBCO - one of only a handful of institutions to reach this level.


BIBCO Resources




PSUL Decisions and Reminders

  • Catalog at Full Level within the BSR, providing whenever possible more information than would qualify as a "floor level" description
  • 246 – use indicators as defined by MARC
  • Include 043 (Geographic Area Code) to bring out the geographic place involved
  • Do not include analytics
  • Accompanying CDs or CDs always have 006 and 007
  • Map “identifier numbers” and other local information such as an inferred publication date should be given in a 500 note with |5 PSt
  • Author/Title added entries: Author’s need to be established but titles do not necessarily – many factors to be considered when adding. Consult with others and see documentation (reviewer's email***)
  • Supplied publication information does not need to be justified in a note (reviewer's email**)
  • Order of notes: follow Area 7 of AACR2 for each format and accompanying LCRI's
  • Copyright and publication date: do not follow AACR2 – follow LCRI (The publication/copyright issue is tricky. LCRI 1.4F5 says not to add copyright after publication date for books. This contradicts AACR2. The PCC's posiiton is that the rule interpretations take precedence over the rules.)
  • Ligatures ae and oe – transcribe according to DCRM(B) 0G1.1: In most languages, including Latin, transcribe a ligature by giving its component letters separately. Do not, however, separate the component letters of æ in Anglo-Saxon; œ in French; or æ and œ in ancient or modern Scandinavian languages. (i.e., 19th century American publication, separate ligature in Phoebe)



Active Participants

(In the formal review as of May 17, 2010):

Paige Andrew, BIBCO Coordinator (PGA2)

Annie Copeland (AUC1)

Robert Freeborn (RBF6)

John Hamilton (JXH13)

Susan Houser (SEH7)

Steve Kroger (SXK167)

Anna Letowski (AZL2)

Fanni Mui (SXM53)

Jacqueline Peagler (JYP1)

Richard Paone (ROP2)

Ken Robinson (KJR106)

Jeff Ungar (JJU1)