Professional tools and resources

A taxonomy of professional tools, resources and publications supporting traditional cataloguing, metadata manipulation, classification and indexing. All links point to professional articles, tools and resources that are either open access or licensed for free use by cataloguers.

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Includes links to tools and resources on the main classification schemes used in academic and public libraries


Library of Congress Subject Headings, back-of-the-book indexing and web indexing.

Learning object metadata

The IEEE 1484.12.1 – 2002 Standard for Learning Object Metadata is an internationally recognised open standard for the description of learning objects.

Linked and open data

Linked Data is about using the Web to connect related data that wasn't previously linked, or using the Web to lower the barriers to linking data currently linked using other methods.

Online directories of professional tools and resources

A list of general resources and resources to assist cataloguers working with visual resources, serials, maps, foreign languages and web resources.


Organisations for cataloguing, indexing and classification.

Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC)

The Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) is an international cooperative effort aimed at expanding access to library collections by providing cost-effective cataloging that meets mutually-accepted standards of libraries around the world.


Resource Description and Access is the new cataloguing standard which builds on the foundations established by AACR2.

Reference resources for cataloguers

Useful resources for cataloguers.

Related standards, topics and resources

The semantic Web and XML.

Software tools for information management

Metadata generation, conversion and indexing tools.

Specific standards and metadata schema

Universal standards.


Online thesauri.


A network protocol which allows searching of remote databases and retrieval of data via one user interface.