SCIS receives its cataloguing metadata from books received at our depot from schools and the AUS/NZ retail book distribution network.
However, SCIS is often asked to catalogue items that have been purchased outside of this retail network. These titles are:
- Sold exclusively to one store (eg: Aldi, Newspapers)
- Ordered direct from overseas (eg: Amazon, Ebay)
- Ordered from publishers/distributors/authors who don’t provide materials to SCIS (eg: Book Warehouse - NSW)
- Small press authors/publishers who don’t provide materials to SCIS
- Pre-publication titles
An example is the title: 9781760667337, The wheels on the Ute go Round and round, Scholastic, 2019. This was sold to one store only. If you search the internet for this ISBN, you will find nothing.
In these cases, when there is no metadata available anywhere that we can use, we must receive the book (or the scanned images we request) in order to accurately catalogue the book. We are good but we aren’t psychic.
SCIS endeavours to catalogue items available to all schools for purchase.