Michigan State University

National Cataloging Documentation

Resource Description and Access (RDA)

RDA Toolkit (MSU access only)

LC RDA Training Materials

RDA: Changes from AACR2 to RDA, Part 1: Description (Adam Schiff ALCTS webinar)

RDA: Changes from AACR2 to RDA, Part 2: Access Points (Adam Schiff ALCTS webinar)

RDA Record Examples (from PCC)

Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC)

PCC website

  • The PCC website, together with the PCC listserv, is the most up-to-date resource for national level cataloging policies and best practices. Supervisors will disseminate key policies and documentation from the PCC. Original catalogers are responsible for staying current with and applying PCC policy as appropriate, per goals and objectives and/or job duties documentation.
  • Authority work done under NACO and bibliographic work done under BIBCO and CONSER must conform to PCC policy. All other cataloging at MSU takes PCC policy as a guide, but is primarily subject to local policy.

Selected PCC Guidelines:

Provider-Neutral E-Resource MARC Record Guidelines

Hybrid Bibliographic Record Guidelines

Relationship Designators in Authority Records

Relationship Designators in Bibliographic Records


BIBCO website

BIBCO Participants Manual (2015 revision)

BIBCO Standard Record Guidelines


CONSER website

CONSER Standard Record (CSR) Documentation

CONSER Cataloging Manual (modules revised for RDA)

  • Revised and unrevised modules are both available in Cataloger's Desktop.


NACO website

NACO Participants' Manual (2005, currently under revision by NACO)

NACO Training Modules

RDA: NACO Training Modules for AACR2 Catalogers

Descriptive Cataloging Manual (DCM) Z1 and LC Guidelines Supplement to the MARC21 Format for Authority Data

  • Both resources also available and updated on Cataloger's Desktop


Best Practices for Cataloging Streaming Media (2015)

Best Practices for Cataloging Video Games (2015)

Other OLAC documentation


SACO website

SACO Proposals and Documentation

Additional Resources

Library of Congress Cataloging

LCSH topical headings usable as genre headings

MARC21 Standard

OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards

Source of Title Note for Internet Resources (3rd rev., 2005)