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Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Online from: 1927

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Changing roles of cataloguers in British academic libraries

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Title:Changing roles of cataloguers in British academic libraries
Author(s):Rajinder Garcha, (Rajinder Garcha is Monograph Cataloger, Carlson Library, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA), Lois Buttlar, (Lois Buttlar is Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA)
Citation:Rajinder Garcha, Lois Buttlar, (1999) "Changing roles of cataloguers in British academic libraries", Library Review, Vol. 48 Iss: 2, pp.66 - 72
Keywords:Academic libraries, Cataloguing, Development, Librarians, Skills, United Kingdom
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00242539910259469 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:How have the roles of cataloguers evolved over the past decade due to the impact of automation When cataloguers in academic libraries in England were surveyed it was found that 97 per cent work with a fully automatic online public access catalogue; all catalogue online, and share records with some bibliographic utility, of which RLIN and BLCMP are the most popular. Professional staff size had decreased at 50 per cent of the institutions with means of 4.5 professionals and 4.8 support staff members. The average percentage of professional cataloguers per library was about 53 per cent. Roles that were greatly expanded included cataloguing of digital documents and Internet resources, authority control, and database management. Of the respondents, 65 per cent are now involved in e-mail discussion groups where ten years ago none were. Administrative functions have also increased as 50 per cent of the cataloguers are now heads of bibliographic access departments.

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