Ian, something along these lines is available in the electronic CIP program.  Working from electronic galleys, the cataloger highlights information which is then transferred into the appropriate tag of a MARC record.  The problem with contents notes is that these appear in a wide range of formats, and though some automatic formatting is done, extensive editing is often needed.  Diacritics and capitalization in particular are problematic.  Because of my experience with eCIP, I really appreciate links to the web, where the table of contents can be displayed in a more user friendly way and without cataloger intervention.  At Duke, we subscribe to Syndetics, which provides cover images and summaries in addition to tables of contents.


Amy Turner

Monographic Cataloger and Authority Control Coordinator
Duke University Libraries

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Subject: [PCCLIST] contents information provided by publishers

Dear PCCLIST readers,

Are there any agreements with publishers to provide contents information for cataloging purposes?  Rather than a link to a web resource, as is often found, I have in mind a situation where the text of the contents page is made available in a Word or .txt document,  for inclusion in the bibliographic record.   

Sincerely - Ian

Ian Fairclough
Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian George Mason University Libraries [log in to unmask]