MOBIUS Policy on Cataloging Standards

Developed by

MCDAC, reviewed May 3, 2016 by the MOBIUS Office

Date Adopted

Revision Dates

Purpose of the Policy

Cataloging standards provide the foundation for achieving reliable online access to all of the materials shared in the MOBIUS Catalog. All MOBIUS libraries should adhere to nationally accepted cataloging standards and guidelines according to the documents listed below. Quality and integrity of the MOBIUS database are necessary in order to maintain reliable access to the shared catalog

Policy Type



MOBIUS Cataloging Standards (07/27/2005)

MARC bibliographic records should comply with standards as set forth in these documents:

Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (2nd ed., 2002 revision)

MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data

Bibliographic Formats and Standards

Library of Congress Rule Interpretations

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

CONSER Documentation

Other documents or sites which may assist you in cataloging include the MARC Standards site from the Library of Congress - Network Development and MARC Standards Office
( and The Library of Congress Cataloging Policy & Support Office (

Each MOBIUS library is required to exercise authority control over its own database. Libraries may use the Library of Congress Authorities ( and MARC 21 Format for Authority Data (
websites to assist in authority control.