Cataloguing Remains an Important Skill at Public Libraries in the Modern Metadata Landscape of Norway

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  • Jordan Patterson Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18438/eblip29788

Abstract

A Review of:

Preminger, M., Rype, I., Ådland, M.K., Massey, D., & Tallerås, K. (2020). The public library metadata landscape, the case of Norway 2017–2018. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 58(2), 127148. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639374.2020.1711836

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Objective To understand cataloguing practices in Norwegian public libraries through the analysis of a set of MARC records.

Design Quantitative content analysis.

Setting 2 central cataloguing agencies and 49 public libraries in Norway.

Subjects 21,275 cataloguing agency records and 116,029 public library catalogue records.

Methods The researchers derived a sample set of MARC records from the central cataloguing agencies and public libraries. Matching records from each agency (i.e., records for the same manifestation catalogued separately at each agency) were compared. Then, MARC records exported from public libraries were compared to matching records from the central agencies.

Main Results The two central agencies differed in some cataloguing practices while still adhering to the accepted standards. Public libraries made few changes to records imported from central libraries, and among public libraries, larger libraries were more likely to alter agency-derived MARC records.

Conclusion Current practices indicate that despite the prevalence and efficiency of centralized cataloguing, training in cataloguing remains important in public libraries, particularly in larger libraries.

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Author Biography

Jordan Patterson, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

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Published

2020-09-15

How to Cite

Patterson, J. (2020). Cataloguing Remains an Important Skill at Public Libraries in the Modern Metadata Landscape of Norway. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 15(3), 187-188. https://doi.org/10.18438/eblip29788

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Evidence Summaries