A Cataloger’s Perspective on Cataloging Backlogs
Taylor & Francis Online
August 28, 2019
Backlogs in cataloging are an unpleasant fact for many library technical service departments. While backlogs may be strategic in nature and smooth out the workflow from acquisitions to cataloging, many are simply uncataloged gifts, unfinished retrospective conversion projects, or low-priority uncataloged collections—all waiting to be addressed when everything else is caught up. Catalogers are often stereotyped as perfectionists; in reality, the nature of our work requires us to be very pragmatic. By substituting a less than full record, progress on reducing backlogs is possible.
Cataloging & Classification Quarterly
Arrearages, backlogs, cataloging, libraries, pragmatism, technical services