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What is CIG?

  • CIG is the Cataloguing and Indexing Group of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
  • If your work involves the organisation, storage, retrieval or dissemination of bibliographic information, then CIG is the professional group which most appropriately reflects your interests.
  • Through membership of CIG you can contribute to the promotion and maintenance of bibliographic standards and keep in touch with modern developments.


What does CIG do?

  • CIG is actively engaged in the development and maintenance of metadata standards, including RDA, seeking to work in partnership with the organisations and groups responsible for their advancement.
  • CIG unites all those with an interest in bibliographic control, including not only librarians but also colleagues from the book trade.
  • CIG holds an annual residential seminar and other meetings and workshops throughout the year.
  • CIG publishes a quarterly journal Catalogue & Index and other specialist publications. Catalogue & Index is issued free to all members of CIG.
  • CIG advises CILIP on matters concerning bibliographic control.

Misson Statement

The Cataloguing and Indexing Group believes that the storage, organisation and retrieval of information in any form and by any means is a central and fundamental concern of librarianship and information science. This provides a means of exploiting that information (whether printed or electronic) for the maximum benefit of all users. 

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Join CILIP and take the next step in your career by expanding your network and knowledge. Keep your thinking fresh with our exclusive magazines and newsletters. As a member you will have the tools to develop your skills and demonstrate your value. Join as a Student, Member or Leader to start your journey towards professional registration.

Leader - For library and information professionals in leadership roles or who are aspiring leaders.
Member - Anyone can become a Member. It is the entry-level category for people working in the information, knowledge and library sector.
Student - A special discounted rate if you are studying on full or part-time library, information science and knowledge management course.

You can pay for your membership up front or spread the cost over twelve instalments.

Group only membership

You don't have to be a library and information professional to join our Special Interest Groups.  You can join us as a group only member.  Group only memberships are available for a maximum of two years and becoming a group member costs only £50 per year. 

Benefits include:

Member rates for CIG events, workshops and conferences

Subscription to the CIG monthly e-bulletin

Access to our group pages and our Social Link professional network


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