When we encounter an LC in-process record that appears to be languishing, we have two possible outcomes available to us.
1) If we do not have the in-house expertise to complete the record, I contact our LC liaison and ask if it might be possible to move the title along.
2) If we *can* finish it off, we do. I then send an email to our LC liaison stating that we have completed LCCN 99-xxxxxxx and that it is now available in OCLC if they wish to import it into their system.
I recognize that this last step is merely a courtesy, but I figure if they, on occasion, will speed something along, I can repay the kindness by letting them know that I've done the same.
"Joachim, Martin" wrote:
Colleagues, I'd like to know how others are dealing with in-process records found in the LC database. Do you just put your book aside and wait? Do you have a time limit before cataloging an item yourself? What's a reasonable period of time to wait before doing it yourself? I have in hand a work by a 15th century Sicilian and written in the Sicilian dialect. It would be easy to go ahead and finish it off myself; it's been in process at LC since April. Note to LC folks: Do you routinely search again for copy before completing an in-process record? Marty Joachim Indiana University Libraries