Published 5/10/2022 7:14 PM CT

"Little Hands" book cover

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) received two children’s books by the author Mariah J. Tolson from Mississippi Valley Library District in Collinsville, Ill. Tolson is an East St. Louis, Ill. native who began writing books during the pandemic for her son, which produced Little Hands.

posted: May 10, 2022 - 7:14pm

Published 3/29/2022 10:51 AM CST

1927 photograph of 109 women and 8 men of the Sexton Manufacturing Company, Grayville, Ill.

When the Groff Memorial Library, in Grayville, Ill., recently secured a donation of local history and genealogical materials from S & R Media, LLC, the library director, Kathleen Rister, contacted the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) to ask if they would assist in cataloging this donation, now known as The Navigator Collection.


posted: March 29, 2022 - 10:52am

Published 10/20/2021 6:11 PM CT,  Last Updated 12:18 PM CT

Welcome, new Cataloging Maintenance Center staff and interns

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) has added a new cataloger and two spring interns to its team. Read More...


posted: February 16, 2022 - 5:29pm

Published 1/31/2022 12:50 PM CT

Book cover for the Arabic language To Kill a Mockingbird

One of the Cataloging Maintenance Center’s (CMC) recent projects is the cataloging of a world language collection for United Township High School, a public high school in East Moline, Ill. This collection primarily contains Arabic fiction novels and short stories, although it also contains other languages, including French. Some items were originally written in the world languages, and some are translations.


posted: January 31, 2022 - 12:49pm

Published 1/10/2022 1:51 PM CT

image: a stack of world language dictionaries, including Slowenisch, Rumanisch, Russian, Spanish, Franzosisch-Deutsch, Pons, Romanian-English/English-Romanian

Looking for help cataloging materials in world languages? There are two statewide programs that can help. Both programs are supported by a grant from the Illinois State Library and are free to Illinois library system members: The Cataloging Maintenance Center (operated by IHLS) and the World Language Cataloging Services Program (a service of RAILS).



posted: January 10, 2022 - 1:52pm

Published 12/17/2021 5:01 PM CT

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging Support

One of the core services of the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) is the cleanup of library catalog records. Hear the CMC explain what they do.

In early 2019, the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) was asked to work on a clean-up project for the PrairieCat consortium, located in the Reaching Across Illinois Library System service area. The project involved bibliographic records that did not have an OCLC number. The project began in April 2019, and the CMC has resolved over 10,752 records in the PrairieCat system since then (as of Oct. 31, 2021)! ...


posted: December 17, 2021 - 5:05pm

Published 10/20/2021 6:11 PM CT,  Last Updated 12:18 PM CT

New Cataloging Maintenance Center Staff Collage -- Welcome!

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) has added five new catalogers to its team of experts. Read More...


posted: November 17, 2021 - 10:17am

Published 10/20/2021 11:11 AM CT

A collection of non-English language books cataloged by the Cataloging Maintenance Center, including books in Arabic, Korean, Japanese, and more.Do You Have a Foreign Language Special Collection? The Cataloging Maintenance Center Catalogs Foreign Language Materials for Free—from Arabic to Zulu

posted: October 20, 2021 - 11:11am

Published 9/27/2021 11:44 AM CT

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging Support

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) provides cataloging services to libraries in the state of Illinois. If your item qualifies for cataloging with us there is absolutely no charge for our services. Local author and special collection materials all fall within our purview. Some examples of special collection materials are genealogy or local history. Local authors are also cataloged by the Cataloging Maintenance Center for free. Recently, the Cataloging Maintenance Center cataloged these local items:

Penny the Unbearable Pup, by Katlyn Gobleck, for Crab Orchard Public Library

Penny is a rescue pup...

posted: September 27, 2021 - 11:32am

Published 8/23/2021 10:44 AM CT

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging SupportErin Rose and Heidi Margold had been working on transcribing, editing, describing, and uploading the Marshall Public Library Oral History Project to Illinois Digital Archives since July 2019. At the end of it all, 256 interviews, approximately 187 hours, were uploaded to the Illinois Digital Archives on July 30, 2021.

posted: August 23, 2021 - 10:28am