Monday, December 20, 2004

Catalog Error Checking

Dorothea Salo has made available the paper Toward better automated error-checking in cataloguing.
Errors in library catalogs damage patron access as well as patron confidence in library offerings. They embarrass librarians of all sorts and frustrate cataloguers. Many of them, however, are eminently correctable and even preventable with relatively simple programmed validation. Databases everywhere employ input checks and similar validators to keep their data clean; library catalogues should also.
She also argues for spell checkers and has a good word for the ability of patrons to easily report errors.

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