Cataloging of Original Materials in the 21st Century: Frequency and Preparation Factors


  • Daniel Fuller San Jose State University



Cataloging and catalogers play an important role in the access to electronic catalogs for users at all levels. Two recent studies investigating the preparation of entry level library media specialists and the frequency they perform original cataloging led to a larger examination of the topic in the context of academic libraries. One factor has been the steady decline in required cataloging courses in ALA accredited library schools for the past two decades. A second factor is the relative supply of catalogers and how they have been reallocated within the academic library. A third factor is the increasing practice of cataloging outsourcing. Implications of high levels of cataloging by librarians lacking preparation are analyzed. The potential for flawed electronic records being shared and viewed over the Internet has implications for all levels.