Core Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group

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Purpose: Provides a forum to discuss and analyze techniques, new developments, problems and technological advances in the workflows associated with the evaluation, selection, acquisition, and discovery of library materials and resources.

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  • 1.  Public library cataloging efficiency

    Posted Aug 03, 2021 10:14 AM
    I am seeking some guidance on developing reasonable productivity expectations for cataloging. We are a small public library with a full-time (40 hours/week) cataloger responsible only for affixing barcodes to items and cataloging them (spine labels, covers/laminate, etc. are done by someone else.) The scope of the work is a mix of adding items to existing bibs, bringing in records and converting them from AACRII to RDA. Does anyone have any reasonable benchmarks of items per hour for such work? 

    Thank you!


    Rachel Q. Davis, Director
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    Cape Elizabeth, ME  04107
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  • 2.  RE: Public library cataloging efficiency

    Posted Aug 04, 2021 06:27 AM
    I would assume it would be faster than original cataloging.

    Our average is 3-6 records per hour for original cataloging and 6-10 records per hour for copy cataloging. I think just affixing barcodes would be faster than either of those.

    I hope this helps!


    Elizabeth Boniface