As promised, a summary of responses.
Fifteen replies were received.
A reply was received from the British Library which operates in a different way to all the other respondents, namely that they have dedicated teams of authority control librarians (although not all work undertaken is for NACO) with an expectation of how many items they should process per day.
Most institutions have only small numbers of NACO trained cataloguers, the average being 5-6. Five respondents indicated that all their professional/para-professional cataloguers were trained.
No respondents have a set target either individual or institutional. One or two have set themselves numerical goals to achieve in the production year, but the overriding factor was that cataloguers should undertake enough NACO work to maintain their skills. This meant that some cataloguers are expected to do as much work as they can, whilst others operate on an "if time permits" principle. The general feeling was that setting a target was impractical and would be difficult to incorporate into other work tasks.
The range of outputs varied from as few as ten/month to 1,000+/year.
Similarly no respondents have a defined period set aside for authority work.
Most operate on the basis that the decision to undertake authority work is based on the work in hand, according to individual institution criteria - the need for a reference, amount of research etc. Three replied that all headings in bibliographic records require an authority record.
Authority work concentrates on current headings, only one respondent indicated undertaking work on retrospective headings.
Few respondents admit to keeping detailed statistics of their output/time spent.
Thanks to all who took the time to respond.
Cataloguer/Authority Record Co-ordinator
National Library of New Zealand /
Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa
PO Box 1467
Tel: 64-4-474-3000 ext. 8788
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