Making the connection between processing and access: do cataloging decisions affect user access?
Creators:Rodman, Ruey L.
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Citation:Ruey L. Rodman, "Making the connection between processing and access: do cataloging decisions affect user access?," Library Collects, Acquisitions, & Technical Services 24, issue 4 (2000), doi: 10.1016/S1464-9055(00)00171-8
One function of a call number is to organize the library collection to promote browsability either on the shelf or in an online catalog. This study, based on research done at the Ohio State University Libraries, examines the impact on library collection organization if call numbers are not changed to fit into the shelf list sequence. The browsability of items were tracked by assessing how many screens away titles appear from like items in the online public access catalog, if call numbers by a bibliographic utility were not changed. The study assesses whether not reviewing the call numbers affects patrons' ability to find the items.
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