Sharing Cataloging Expertise: Options for Libraries to Share Their Skilled Catalogers with Other Libraries
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Publisher:Taylor & Francis Group
Citation:Magda El-Sherbini, " Sharing Cataloging Expertise: Options for Libraries to Share Their Skilled Catalogers with Other Libraries," Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 48, n. 6-7 (2010), 10.1080/01639374.2010.495694
Library cooperation is a flexible concept that involves practically all aspects of library technical operations. Until recently, areas of cooperation have included mostly interlibrary borrowing and the union catalogs. Materials processing remains a domain of each individual library that maintains its own experts and uniquely skilled staff to process their own materials. This study raises the question of whether libraries can also share their cataloging expertise with other institutions. The five models presented here will demonstrate how libraries can leverage existing library expertise and reduce duplication of efforts, while at the same time enhancing cooperation among libraries and maintaining high cataloging standards that are a must in the new technology era.