One last thing I noticed,
"Your study seems to show that use of the BSR reduces the number of
subject headings per record and thereby saves a considerable amount of
time (ca. 25% for your sample)."
Actually, I am hesitant to draw the conclusion that the reduction in
subject headings was the main reason for the time savings. I think an
argument can be made that some of the other things, like not filling in
fixed fields or measuring the spine, while individually small, might add
up to a significant portion by themselves too. But that's technically
speculation. We didn't have a way to count that like we could headings.
And there were on average also fewer 1xx and 7xx on BSR, it just that the
testing didn't show it was a statistically significant difference.
Diana Brooking (206) 685-0389
Cataloging Librarian (206) 685-8782 fax
Suzzallo Library [log in to unmask]
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-2900
On Wed, 7 Jul 2010, Laurence S. Creider wrote:
> Very interesting study, to which I would like to add a few comments.
> Your study seems to show that use of the BSR reduces the number of subject
> headings per record and thereby saves a considerable amount of time (ca.
> 25% for your sample). This is great news for administrators, but the
> advantage to users is not so clear. What we need next is a study that
> will take the additional cost of a full record and determine whether that
> extra work increases the discovery and selection of the resource by users.
> Difficult, but I think not impossible.
> Second, in order to reflect more accurately the sorts of things that
> original catalogers deal with, there should probably be more humanities
> and less scientific materials and more foreign language materials. It is
> difficult to know whether these different materials would have
> significantly different savings from using the BSR record as opposed to
> the Full record. Perhaps in literature and not in history?
> Thanks for sharing this and for providing good documentation.
> Laurence S. Creider
> Special Collections Librarian
> New Mexico State University
> Las Cruces, NM 88003
> Work: 575-646-7227
> Fax: 575-646-7477
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> On Wed, July 7, 2010 5:05 pm, D. Brooking wrote:
>> I gave a brief talk at ALA about a small time test of the BIBCO Standard
>> Record "floor" that was done at the University of Washington Libraries.
>> Here is the url for a more complete description of the test:
>> This was just one test at one institution, so we would like to see if
>> could do their own tests of the BSR and share their results.
>> If you have any questions, please email me or Joe Kiegel, [log in to unmask]
>> Diana Brooking (206) 685-0389
>> Cataloging Librarian (206) 685-8782 fax
>> Suzzallo Library [log in to unmask]
>> University of Washington
>> Box 352900
>> Seattle WA 98195-2900