Written by Deb Cady, SCIS Cataloguing Team
It’s a good day. You’ve just sent off your request to SCIS for items to be catalogued and moved on to another project. And then – you get an email asking for images to be sent. First, you sigh. Then you say “Oh, sugar!” Then you think to yourself “But why????”
SCIS relies on a number of sources to catalogue books from an online request. When we contact you for images, it generally means the ISBN has not been catalogued ANYWHERE in the world.
In order to make the highest quality records for these books, SCIS needs to view certain information about each title. This information is on the publishing history (or copyright) page.
This page tells us the date, publisher, ISBN and other key information so we can complete your request. It is, generally, the single best image you can send with any cataloguing request.
Often these requests are made because the resource is part of a special print run. Special prints runs might be books sold through newspapers, a single store, or distributor (Aldi, Big W, QBD, McDonalds, etc.) and are not advertised on the publishers’ webpages.
SCIS knows that it is not always easy for you to send images to us. It’s not something we ask lightly. We ask for it because we really need it to provide a quality cataloguing service.
More information on SCIS cataloguing can be found on the SCIS Help page.