Given the budgetary and technological changes facing academic libraries, it has become necessary for librarians to become self-advocates, describing and defending the work they do. Most research in this area is dedicated to public services, with little focus on technical services. A survey conducted in the fall of 2009 found that catalogers in the sample state of New Jersey collect detailed productivity statistics to illustrate their value. This paper analyzes the statistics-gathering process and makes suggestions for developing these methods into a strong assessment model. Quality control assessment is the tool catalogers need to describe their worth to library stakeholders.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Counting Cataloging: Moving Beyond Statistics to Measure the Value of Cataloging by Melissa De Fino and Jianrong Wang appears in the latest issue of LIBRES (Volume 22, issue 1)