Cataloging Staff Costs Revisited

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2000-04-01
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Morris, Dilys
Hobert, Collin
Osmus, Lori
Wool, Gregory
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Kappmeyer, Lori
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Staff in the Collections & Technical Services Division are responsible for obtaining and providing access to materials in all formats for the library's collections. The Division is composed of three units: Acquisitions, Cataloging, and the Collections Office.
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Staff costs for cataloging have declined at Iowa State University Library. This is demonstrated by data from a longitudinal time and cost study begun in 1987. We discuss the national developments, technological advancements, and reengineering efforts that have supported greater cataloging effectiveness and quality. We use the ISU findings as an example of a nationwide phenomenon resulting from the remarkable ability of catalogers to share work through nnational bibliographic utilities.

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This article is from Library Resources & Technical Services 44 (2000): 70–83.

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