Senior Metadata Assistants process monographic materials that have non-Library of Congress or non-Good Member copy.  They process LC and member copy non-book materials in all formats except Scores and Serials.  They also handle cataloging problems passed on by the Copy Catalogers.

Monographic materials processed by Senior Metadata Assistants include:

  • OCLC member copy which is neither on the Good Member List, nor a straightforward LC variant, nor fiction for which an LC established classification number can be found
  • Member copy fiction for which a classification number must be established
  • Fiction for which there is no copy. Original cataloging is input and updated on OCLC and transferred to the library database
  • Variant editions with no copy which can be input on OCLC by deriving a new record and editing the resulting copy
  • Any non-fiction LC copy lacking an LC call number
  • LC or member pre-ISBD copy
  • Call number problems and other issues that Copy Catalogers are unable to resolve



Each Senior Copy Cataloger is also assigned to process one or more certain special types of materials depending on subject and/or technical expertise.  In some cases processing of these materials involves searching for copy on OCLC and transferring records as well as verifying and editing.  These include:

  • Analytics
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Electronic Resources (non-serial)
  • Microforms
  • Monographs in series which are classified separately on continuation (class seps) – member copy only
  • Sets on continuation and incomplete sets
  • Sound recordings
  • WRC and LSC-SPECL materials


From time to time Senior Metadata Assistants may be assigned to assist other areas of Cataloging and Metadata Services or to work on special projects.

  • Senior Metadata Assistants may assist Copy Catalogers with ordering and approval processing depending on individual expertise and section priorities
  • Senior Metadata Assistants may catalog LC approvals and firm orders when the Copy Catalogers are busy with orders
  • Senior Metadata Assistants assist in the processing of gift materials and special collections
  • Senior Metadata Assistants may be called upon to assist in special Library digital projects



  • Take book from member copy shelves or truck.  Search in system for catalog record or updated catalog record.
  • Search book on OCLC.  If LC or better member copy is found, overlay record in system and update holdings on OCLC.  If a search on OCLC fails to produce better copy a senior copy cataloger may also search other library databases for good copy from non-OCLC member libraries.
  • If item is cataloged as a serial, give it to the Serials Cataloger.
  • If item is cataloged as an analytic, give it to the Analytics Cataloger.
  • If item is cataloged as an incomplete set, give it to the Sets Cataloger.
  • If item is for WRC or LSC-SPECL, give it to Senior Copy Catalogers designated to handle such items.
  • If cataloging copy is new LC with call number, complete cataloging according to standard procedures.
  • If cataloging copy is LC without call number, check LC schedules to determine correct classification and complete cataloging according to standard procedures.
  • If cataloging copy is pre-ISBD, check call number and subject headings for validity according to current LC practice.
  • If record is member copy, check description for completeness and accuracy.  If copy is minimal level, briefly examine book for content to determine appropriateness of subject headings.  Correct and/or add subject headings as necessary using LCSH, Subject Cataloging Manual, and CSBs as guides.  Use LC classification schedules to assign or verify correct class number.  Edit record as necessary.  If minimal copy lacks both call number and subject headings, or if cataloger cannot determine the accuracy of copy because of lack of language and/or subject expertise, the item may be passed on to Original Catalogers with a printout of the cataloging copy and the Acquisitions receipt date noted.
  • If a related edition is found on OCLC for an item with only provisional copy, derive a new record from the old edition.  Edit description to reflect new edition, check access points for authorities, subject headings for current validity, and call number for accuracy before adding new record to the OCLC database.  After updating record on OCLC, overlay provisional record in our system.
  • If an item with provisional copy is a work of fiction, input a new record on OCLC following AACR2 rules for access points and description.  If author number is not established by LC, construct a number using LC classification schedules and checking call number index for conflicts.  Update record on OCLC and overlay provisional record.
  • Other items without OCLC copy should go to the Original Catalogers with a printout of the provisional record and the Acquisitions receipt date noted on the order slip.
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