A word about CCO cataloging in libraries, from Elizabeth O’Keefe, The Morgan Library & Museum

“The first reaction of many librarians to hearing that a library uses CCO in its online public access catalog (OPAC) is likely to be, ‘‘Why would you want to?’’ Isn’t CCO intended for use in visual resource collections and art museums, rather than in library collections, which have their own set of data standards? Why mix standards from two different worlds?

It is true that library collections consist chiefly of printed publications, and that the data standards and information systems used by libraries were developed for, and work best when applied to, traditional library materials. But there are very few libraries that do not own at least a handful of art and cultural objects. These may include: portraits of founders or donors; artwork gifted for decorative purposes; and art or cultural objects that come to the library with someone’s papers, or because they have some association with existing textual collections.

Whatever the length of the record, librarians will find CCO an invaluable guide for the selection and formulation of information appropriate for the description of art and cultural works. Used as a supplement to library data standards, CCO provides librarians with the basic tools for creating records for art and cultural works that can live in harmony with the records for their mainstream collections. “
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