Academic Library Cataloging Practices Benchmarks
This 254 page report presents data from a survey of the cataloging practices of approximately 80 North American academic libraries. In more than 630 tables of data and related commentary from participating librarians and our analysts, the report gives a broad overview of academic library cataloging practices related to outsourcing, selection and deployment of personnel, salaries, the state of continuing education in cataloging, and much more. Survey participants also discuss how they define the catalogers┐ range of responsibilities, how they train their catalogers, how they assess cataloging quality, whether they use cataloging quotas or other measures to spur productivity, what software and other cataloging technology they use and why, and how they make outsourcing decisions and more. Data is broken out by size and type of college and for public and private colleges. Just a few of the reports many findings are presented below: ┐More than 70% of the libraries in the sample say that their catalogers have salary levels that are comparable to those of public service librarians at their institutions. ┐About 27.3% of the survey participants routinely use paraprofessional staff for original cataloging. Public colleges were more than three times more likely than private colleges to use paraprofessionals for original cataloging, and larger colleges were more than twice as likely as smaller ones to do so. ┐41.56% of the libraries in the sample outsource authority control, obtaining new and updated authority records. ┐About 15.6% of the libraries in the sample outsource the cataloging of e-journals; close to 28% of research universities do so. ┐20.78% of libraries in the sample use MarcEdit or other MARC editor to preview records and globally edit to local standards prior to loading. ┐29.7% of the libraries in the sample have technical services areas that track turnaround time from Acquisitions receipt to Cataloging to shelf-ready distribution. ┐About 24.7% of the libraries in the sample use paraprofessional support staff for master bibliographic record enrichment in OCLC. Most of those doing so were public colleges and offered beyond the B.A. degree. ┐Authority control experience was considered a very important criterion for hiring by only 8.11% of survey participants, while a bit more than 35% considered it important. 21.62% considered authority control experience not so important as a hiring criterion.
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4-year degree AACR2 AnM.A attendance FTE Attendance Attendance Yes broken Carnegie Class Institution Carnegie Class Research cataloging and metadata Class Research University college Type College Yes CONFERENCE OR CONTINUING continuing education entity criterion for hiring current training Dublin Core education in cataloging FOLLOWING CATALOGING FUNCTION FOLLOWING CATALOGING/METADATA-RELATED CONFERENCE following characteristic FOLLOWING QUALITY INDICATOR FTE attendance FTE hiring a cataloger Important Somewhat Important Important Very Important INDICATOR IN CATALOGING level Carnegie Class LIBRARIES THAT ATTENDED LIBRARIES THAT OUTSOURCE M.A. or Ph.D metadata competencies Minimally Prepared Prepared OCLC OUTSOURCE THE FOLLOWING paraprofessional support staff PERCENTAGE OF LIBRARIES Prepared Well Prepared PREPAREDNESS BY LIBRARIES Primarily a 4-year private colleges Public Private Status Yes professional librarians public and private Public or Private RATING OF PREPAREDNESS recent library hires routinely use paraprofessional routinely use professional SAMPLE OF RECENT SAMPLE THAT ROUTINELY training and continuing TRAINING THE FOLLOWING type of college Yes No Entire Yes No Public