At UNC-Chapel Hill, we currently have four paraprofessional catalogers who create
BIBCO records. Each is at or near the highest level ranking in our
paraprofessional classification structure. They create BIBCO records for a
variety of reasons, including language proficiency, subject specialties, and
supervisory responsibilities. All training is done locally.
Head, Catalog Dept.
Carol Hixson wrote:
> I have two questions that I would like to have input on from other
> BIBCO libraries:
> 1) How many of you have paraprofessional catalogers doing some of
> your BIBCO cataloging?
> (Lest anyone think that I have an axe to grind about this, one way or the
> other, let me just state: I think this is an institutional decision that
> on a lot of factors. It is not something that I think the PCC should be trying
> to "legislate" in any way. I am simply trying to get a sense of what
> current reality is for BIBCO libraries.)
> 2) If you do have paraprofessionals doing BIBCO cataloging, do you
> rely on in-house training for MARC, AACR2, subject analysis, and
> classification? Or do you send staff to training sessions provided by
> other agencies?
> I have personal knowledge of BIBCO workflows at four different libraries,
> all of which have paraprofessionals contributing BIBCO records. In my own
> library, all of our high level paraprofessional catalogers contribute BIBCO
> records, both full and core, original and upgraded. The training that they
> have received in general cataloging concepts and tools has largely been
> provided in house.
> Carol Hixson
> Head, Catalog Dept.
> University of Oregon