Slavic Cataloging Manual : release of version 2.0

A fully revised version of the Slavic Cataloging Manual has been published online and can be found here:  This valuable resource now contains over 100 webpages covering a wide number of topics.  Several members of COSEELIS were involved in the new Manual’s production, and we hope that all COSEELIS cataloguers will find it a very useful source of information.


Sample chapters from SCM 2.0, giving an idea of its wide scope

The Slavic Cataloging Manual (SCM) brings together rules and practices pertinent to the cataloguing of materials in Slavic languages as well as some other East European and Eurasian languages used in former Soviet bloc countries. It outlines and explains best practices for descriptive and subject cataloguing of such materials and related authority work based on RDA. It also embodies best practices developed by members of the Slavic cataloguing community over the years. References to AACR2 are also included as appropriate. Wherever appropriate, it gives the cultural and historical background of the topics addressed.

As a rule, the chapters include concrete examples of the cataloguing practices that they present, most of which are presented in MARC format. The SCM is intended primarily as a tool for the experienced cataloguer, but it also will prove useful to cataloguers currently in training, reference librarians, and researchers.

How to use the SCM: the contents of the SCM can be found by using the Subject Index (ringed in green below), searching for keywords in the “Search this site” option (ringed in blue), or browsing the alphabetical list of chapters in the Sitemap (ringed in red).


Please note that Cataloger’s Desktop will soon be updated with the new URL.  Please update any local links (Princeton currently hosts the old SCM version, but these pages will eventually be taken down and archived on the new SCM site).

Mel Bach (SCM contributor, editor, site manager)

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Slavonic Specialist at Cambridge University Library
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