Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Metadata and Cataloging Unit: Home

The Metadata and Catalog Unit provides access to all library materials for students, faculty, and staff of SVSU. The unit codes bibliographic information of every item to allow the patrons the easiest experience in finding their desired resources.

Did you know?

Did you know that the Library of Congress classification system dates back to roughly 1900? Continually updated since its inception, SVSU uses the Library of Congress Classification System for all collections with the exception of Digital Archives, Popular Reading, Children's Literature, and the English Language Program. 



Below are some recent statistics from our Unit:

NOTE: The Metadata / Catalog Unit worked remotely from March 17, 2020 - May 31, 2021 due to COVID.

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 year end statistics*

  • Bibliographic records added: 65,414 (Average of 5,947 records per month)
  • Bibliographic records withdrawn: 35,385 (Average of 3,217 records per month)
  • Bibliographic records edited: 579,404 (Average of 52,673 records per month)
  • Item records edited: 65,045 (Average of 5,913 records per month)
  • Authority records imported: 436 (Average of 40 records per month)

*Includes 10 months of completely remote work due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 year end statistics:

  • Bibliographic records added: 37,179 (Average of 3,379 per month)
  • Bibliographic records withdrawn: 28,428 (Average of 2,369 per month)
  • Bibliographic records edited: 263,936 (Average of 21,9994.6 records per month)
  • Authority records added: 568 (Average of 47.3 per month)
  • Authority records withdrawn: 74 (Average of 6 per month)
  • Item records edited: 20,653 (Average of 1,721 per month)

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 year end statistics:

  • Bibliographic records added: 17,897 (Average of 1,491.4 per month)
  • Bibliographic records withdrawn: 19,455 (Average of 1,621.25 per month)
  • Bibliographic records edited: 1,730,115 (Average of 144,176.25 per month)
  • Authority records added: 15,387
  • Authority records withdrawn: 136
  • Authority records edited: 583
  • Item records edited: 34,806

July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018:

  • Volumes added to the collections (print, media, digital): 42,462
  • Volumes removed from the collections (print, media, digital): 15,063
  • Bibliographic records edited (print, media, digital): 809,579





Questions?  Contact Heather Fisher, Interim Head of Access Services, at x7053 or

News from the Cataloging World

The second phase of the RDA 3R release is still set for sometime in October 2018.

RDA 3R - Beta release of the Toolkit set for evening of June 13, 2018.


Subject Guide

Profile Photo
Heather Fisher
She / her / hers
Zahnow Library

Current projects

The Unit engages in multiple projects daily in addition to regular cataloging duties. Here are some of the special projects we are working on:

  • Ken Follett Digital Archives (now live at

  • Ensuring all records have an OCLC number
  • Providing subject headings to records that don't have any
  • Providing relationship designators for records that don't have them

Some projects will be ongoing:

  • Bibliographic record cleanup (ensuring all records are consistent and meet national standards)
  • Technical support for library products for SVSU students, faculty, and staff
  • Continual upload/deletion of ebook subscription records
  • Continual upload and maintenance of authority control records