Academic Library Cataloging Practices Benchmarks by Primary Research Group

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Prior cataloging experience was considered very important by 27% of the survey participants and important by nearly 41% of the survey participants. 5% of the colleges in the sample, while more than 43% considered it important. 44% considered it important. 84%. The higher college attendance rose, the greater the percentage of libraries that thought of OCLC experience as a very important criterion for hiring a cataloger. /PhD granting institutions that were not full research universities that valued OCLC experience the most; half of them thought of it as an important criterion for hiring a cataloger.

5% of the libraries in the sample use paraprofessional support staff for master bibliographic record enhancement in OCLC. Use of paraprofessional support staff for this purpose was much more likely by public than private colleges by a factor of more than 4:1. More than 44% of colleges with more than 10,000 students use paraprofessional support staff for master bibliographic record enhancement, as do two-thirds of all research universities in the sample. More than 48% of libraries in the sample use professional librarians for master bibliographic record enhancement in OCLC.

49% have gone to cataloging-related conferences or taken continuing education courses from the National Information Standards Organization. 3% of those sampled have done the same with Cataloging for the 21st Century of ALCTS and the Library of Congress. 2% of the libraries in the sample attended a conference or took a continuing education course in cataloging of the World Library and Information Congress; all were private colleges, primarily 4-year degree granting. Rating the Current State of Cataloging Training We asked the libraries in the sample to rate the overall effectiveness of the state of current training and continuing education in cataloging.

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