Cataloging Resources

Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC)

Supported by the Illinois State Library, the Cataloging Maintenance Center is operated by the Illinois Heartland Library System.

The CMC upgrades bibliographic records for Local Library System Automation Programs (LLSAPs) throughout the state. RAILS LLSAPs are MAGIC, PrairieCat, RSA, and SWAN.

The CMC will provide original or copy cataloging of eligible collections for any library that is an LLSAP member or that receives a grant requiring holdings to be added to OCLC WorldCat. "Eligible collections" currently include genealogy, local history, and special collections (i.e., local authors, community cookbooks, government documents, etc.).

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OCLC Local Holdings Maintenance

Each of our OCLC members should regularly update your list of serials in OCLC.

OCLC local holdings maintenance tutorials are available on the OCLC website at:

If you have questions requiring OCLC technical support or Firstsearch logins, contact OCLC Customer Support at 800.848.5800 or

OCLC Alternatives

For many Illinois libraries, the cost of OCLC membership has become an impediment to expanding resource sharing.

In January 2015, RAILS contracted with Joe Matthews of JRM Consulting, Inc. to do an environmental scan of OCLC alternatives. His research cumulated in a presentation to the Consortia Committee and Consortia Futures Subcommittee on April 20, 2015, as well as a final written report. The report and presentation slides are attached as PDF files below.

This report will inform RAILS' work with OCLC, further exploration of cataloging alternatives and a possible pilot project, and work on the Overlay Project.