Friday, August 7, 2009

A Question about Cataloging and Local Control

This month marks my fourth year making software for libraries. I readily admit to being something of a novice in the library space. I offer that disclaimer to blunt any suspicion of ill intent behind an informal one-question survey I’m taking:

Why do you still do local cataloging?

I don’t mean that as a leading question, I honestly want to know. We’re long past the days when individual libraries typed up their own cards. The quality of bibliographic records available from aggregate sources (jobbers, publishers, OCLC, etc.) generally sound. Most people I talk to, though, still do quite a bit of local cataloging so I’m interested in getting a sample of current local practice.

Are you working with local collections that aren’t available from jobbers, publishers, LoC, or OCLC? Do you have local standards that require editing of delivered records? Is there a cost advantage with local work?

Jared Oates
Director of Product Strategy, Engineering