Academic Library Cataloging Practices Benchmarks by Primary Research Group

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11% of colleges with attendance greater than 10,000 do no outsourcing of cataloging functions at all. 78% of libraries in the sample use MarcEdit or other MARC editor to preview records and globally edit to local standards prior to loading. In general, the more complex the degree offered by the college sampled, the higher the likelihood that the college would use MarcEdit or other MARC editor to preview records and globally edit to local standards prior to loading. 68% of the colleges in the sample use a Local integrated system to review loaded records and globally edit to local standards; once again, the tendency to do this increased with the complexity of the degree offered.

Academic library cataloging departments prefer not to think of themselves as factories and adopting actual quotas may seem like compelling professional employees to punch a timecard when they enter and exit. So, while there is no timecard punching, there are other, perhaps less intrusive ways to measure output. 7% of the libraries in the sample have technical services areas that track turnaround time from Acquisitions receipt to Cataloging to shelf-ready distribution. 35% said that they were somewhat useful.

111: RATING OF PREPAREDNESS BY LIBRARIES IN THE SAMPLE OF RECENT LIBRARY HIRES IN THE FOLLOWING CATALOGING AND METADATA COMPETENCIES: OCLC SYSTEMS AND SERVICES, BROKEN OUT BY FTE ATTENDANCE....................................................................... 112: RATING OF PREPAREDNESS BY LIBRARIES IN THE SAMPLE OF RECENT LIBRARY HIRES IN THE FOLLOWING CATALOGING AND METADATA COMPETENCIES: OCLC SYSTEMS AND SERVICES, BROKEN OUT BY TYPE OF COLLEGE ......................................................................

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