I love your library, by the way! One of these days, I'll have to actually spend some more time there; I've only ever had the time to walk in and visit the gift shop.

I'd consider any library that is dedicated to something specific to be special, but that is my personal opinion. For example, our library system is academic, but we also house the Grant Presidential Library, which I would consider a special library within an academic system.

I'm interested to hear what other people think, though, because I agree that the definition is far from clear.


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A question I often have when completing surveys came up again, and this is as good a place as any to ask. I work in an independent research library. We�re not much different from a rare book or special collections unit within a university, only we don�t have a university. Are we a �special library�? Or an academic library? I usually select the latter because I think of special libraries as those attached to law firms, historical societies, and the like.


Comments welcome.



Deborah J Leslie, M.A., M.L.S. | Senior Cataloger | Folger Shakespeare Library | 201 East Capitol Street, S.E. Washington, DC 20003 | [log in to unmask] | | Opinions her own


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Sent: Friday, 1 October, 2021 11:40
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Subject: [PCCLIST] Cataloger Demographics Study


Dear Fellow Catalogers,


Apologies for cross posting.


While preparing a recent presentation, I looked for a study of the demographics of catalogers but was unable to find one. So I decided to do my own.


Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey (it should take no more than five minutes) consisting of demographic questions and a few task-related questions. If the task-related questions do not apply to you, your response is still appreciated. Your responses are confidential, and you are free to quit at any time.


This research study has been reviewed by the HRPP/IRB of Mississippi State University and been granted an Exemption Determination (IRB 21-449).


Survey link:

Preston Salisbury
Assistant Professor and Monographic Cataloger
P.O. Box 5408
Mailstop 9570
Mississippi State, MS 39762

P: 662.325.4618
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