[library-media] Cataloging

Kim Hanson khanson at btsb.com
Wed Dec 9 12:30:41 MST 2009

I agree with Marianne.  Several years ago, I had experienced with two school districts who merged their records as a union catalog.  While this seemed like a good idea there was not a policy in place for requirements for the record and anyone could use a vendor record or create one on their own.  Unfortunately, there were times when a quality record was replaced with one of poor quality thus shutting off the title on the OPAC and the title was not circulating.  I am an advocate of districts with union catalogs to assign the duties of cataloging to a district cataloger with requirements set in place.  This does a few things.  First, the patron is able to find what they are looking for after a complete search of all titles instead of walling off part of the collection.  Second, a rogue record created by a librarian who wants to catalog a book she picked up at a local bookstore or book fair is not allowed.  And finally, third, this relieves the librarians in the school district of a task freeing up their time to attend to other duties and making them more accessible to the patrons.  I have seen this work very well in Salt Lake School District among others.
Kim Hanson
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Bound To Stay Bound Books
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>>> "Bates, Marianne" <Marianne.Bates at canyonsdistrict.org> 12/9/2009 11:56 AM >>>

Those of us who are in districts where catalogs have been merged to form a district or a union catalog can attest to the importance of good records.  I agree with Bill on the importance of access points and subject heading, but it is very easy to see the importance of good records when a district merges a catalog, and 50 different versions of HATCHET (or any other popular book) show up after the merge.  Maybe some librarians  in Weber, Jordan, Canyons, and other districts can comment on this aspect of good records and what really constitutes a "good" record.

Marianne F. Bates
Library-Media Teacher
Albion Middle School Library
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