Forwarding for Daniel CannCasciato
just a couple of comments, not so much about the methods but the conclusions.
Overall, the COR idea sounds pretty good to me as a procedure for providing
physical access to the materials. We do a similar process (suggested by our
head of copycataloging) for our thesis materials.
We create a brief local bib record for the item and send it to the shelves.
When we do full cataloging, the brief record is overlaid. Meanwhile, limited
surrogate access is in the catalog and physical
access is available to the patron.
Now, on to the conclusions that can be drawn from such a procedure.
While the purpose of David's message wasn't to bring about a debate
(from what I can tell), I feel compelled to at least offer a short commentary.
"Items that fail to be overlaid will be represented in our catalog
with their COR records indefinitely. ... our first six months
under the new COR workflow have brought very encouraging results.
Our overall cataloging productivity increased by nearly 36% in the
fiscal year ended June 30, and our backlogs have dropped by nearly
There are a number of ways to increase productivity and eliminate backlogs. It
almost all depends on the way those terms are defined,
since adding staff and actually doing the cataloging is apparently
EVER a course of action open to us. To have level 3 records
ermanently in the catalog and those items on the shelves is, to me,
simply moving the backlog to the stacks. It's a great change for our patrons, I
think, but in my opinion the backlog still exists. In my current library, we've
got level K records in the catalog as well.
I don't consider these items out of the backlog. It's just that the backlog is
now out in the public area. We've also got thousands of
brief shipping list records in the catalog for government documents. Again,
they do not eliminate a backlog for cataloging purposes.
Very little intellectual access is provided by these records.
However, the items are available for use for pretty much the entire
time they are held in our collection.
Again, I applaud the COR procedure. I think it's good for patrons
and makes a good use of automation for locating full cataloging
when it becomes available.
Head of Cataloging
Ellensburg, WA 98926
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