Cataloging and Metadata Services
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Cataloging and Metadata Services

    Cataloging and Metadata Services (CAMS) is one of three technical services departments within the Collections & Content portfolio of the University of Washington Libraries. The department catalogs monographs, serials, and integrating resources for all three University campuses, as well as Cascadia College, in all formats and subjects and in numerous languages, according to national cataloging standards. It also provides subject analysis and authority work for digital collections and electronic dissertations and theses, and plays a leading role in setting cataloging policy and in developing metadata standards within the Libraries.

    Cataloging with the UW Libraries is decentralized. While CAMS is responsible for the majority of cataloging of Libraries' resources, much copy cataloging is done in Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Services, and the cataloging of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean materials is done in the East Asia Library. The Gallagher Law Library on the Seattle campus is a separate administrative unit and is responsible for its own cataloging.

    CAMS is one of four departments in the Collections & Content portfolio along with Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Services (ARCS), Collection Analysis and Strategy (CAS), and Preservation Services.