CIP – what’s that?

Cataloguing (in Publication) for books

Do you remember learning about the Dewey Decimal System in school? I recall taking a tour of the library when I was quite young and the librarian explaining the entry in the book that included this amazing set of letters and numbers. Well – the CIP (Cataloguing In Publication) record is where you will find this, among other information like the book title, author name, illustrator, birth years, indexing categories and more.

The CIP program provides standardized library cataloguing for Canadian books before they are published. Standard cataloguing helps to ensure books are properly indexed and filed in consistent categories on library shelves. The CIP program is coordinated by Library and Archives Canada and allows for the prompt distribution of cataloging information to booksellers and libraries.

Possible promotional exposure

When Canadian publishers sign-up for the New Book Service, it may even offer additional promotional exposure for eligible Canadian publications. The New Books Service is an enhancement to the CIP program and assists publishers in promoting their latest titles – helping readers to discover them. (To participate you must have already applied for a CIP.)

GREAT RESOURCE ~ to find out more about the CIP program and basics of eligibility, check out Cataloguing in Publication.

FUN FACT ~ The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), or Dewey Decimal System, is a proprietary library classification system first published in the United States by Melvil Dewey in 1876. – Source: Wikipedia