Shared Cataloging Program Advisory Committee (SCP-AC)

Purpose & Charge

The Shared Cataloging Program Advisory Committee (SCP AC) will advise and assist the Shared Cataloging Program (SCP) wherever necessary to ensure the most effective outcomes regarding planning for, implementation and maintenance of shared cataloging records for shared collections in any format. Reporting regularly to SAG3, the Committee will advise the SCP on the need for system-wide discussion and communication on particular issues and will work with the SCP to utilize the established network of campus cataloging liaisons for this purpose. Having received appropriate input, the Committee will make recommendations on the development of cataloging policies and practices which observe international standards and which assist in ensuring effective and timely creation of SCP bibliographic records and policies.

Key Responsibilities for the Committee

  • Advise and assist the SCP with needed policies and procedures in its researching, planning and implementing of SCP records.
  • Assist the SCP as necessary in meeting goals and timelines assigned by SAG3.
  • Identify and consider all UC campuses’ interests and preferences by communicating on issues and soliciting input as appropriate.
  • Draft cataloging guidelines for new formats or cataloging changes, integrating them into the overall guidelines for cataloging.
  • Resolve ad hoc requests for guidance from the SCP catalogers.

Communication and Reporting

The SCP AC reports to SAG3 who may refer broad-based issues to other all campus groups as appropriate. The Committee is to communicate routinely with the SCP. Where appropriate, the Committee will be responsible for communicating with and soliciting input from cataloging staff system wide via the campus liaisons. Issues, decisions and recommendations will be documented and made available to SAG3 and SCP as and when appropriate. SAG3 will designate one of its members to act as a liaison to SCP AC.

Recommendation/ Decision Process

The SCP AC, having researched issues and solicited appropriate input, makes routine decisions. Decisions on broad policy issues or major product implementations shall be referred to SAG3. Issues that are determined to be outside the scope of the SCP AC will be referred to the appropriate group(s) for discussion and resolution.



Membership & Terms of Appointment

The SCP AC welcomes representation from all UC campuses. Its membership comprises campus members with relevant expertise. Each campus shall designate a representative to serve at their pleasure and based on each campus’ needs.  The SCP shall be represented on the committee by an SCP librarian and an SCP administrator.  The Chair of SCP AC shall be rotated alphabetically by campus. Normally, the chair is to serve for 2 years and members are to serve for 2 years with possible extensions. To ensure continuity, the Past Chair will continue to serve for one year after holding office.


The SCP AC meets monthly as needed via conference call, with intermittent communication through established email lists.


Document owner:  Sarah Sheets
Last updated: December 15, 2014