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Publishing a book? Not sure what Cataloguing in Publication is or how to get the data for your book?
In this post, we’re going to pass on information about how to get Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) data for your Canadian publication.
“Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) is a voluntary program of cooperation between publishers and libraries. It enables the cataloguing of books before they are published, and the prompt distribution of this cataloging information to booksellers and libraries” (1).
In order to “be eligible for CIP, a publication must meet the following basic criteria:
1. The publication in question will be published in Canada (i.e. by a publisher with a Canadian address).
2. The publication is not yet printed/produced.
3. For printed and other tangible media, it will have a print run or production of at least 100 copies.
4. It is intended for public distribution” (2).
Canadian publishers obtain CIP data by submitting “information about a forthcoming title to a CIP agent library” (1). This can be done by trade publishers via this webpage. The process takes about ten business days for completion (2).
For answers to some frequently asked questions about Cataloguing in Publication, go to the FA Q webpage, found here. We also recommend reading the “Exclusions” section of this webpage.
Otherwise, for the complete guide to Cataloguing in Publication, which covers most of the information you require, click here.
We hope this helps!
(1)- Library and Archives Canada’s Cataloguing in Publication webpage:
(2)- The “users guide” to the Cataloguing in Publication program:
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