Practical Strategies for Cataloging Departments

by Rebecca L. Lubas, Editor


Today's cataloguers need to be well-versed in various media and be able to contend with the pace and scope of changing technology. The ways in which library users now search for and approach information are dramatically different from what the majority of the current cataloging population was taught. As a result, many catalogers need guidance in adapting their established practices.

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February 2011

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 117
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Cataloging and Classification
  Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Metadata

Cataloging managers will find this book a valuable road map for navigating the metadata needs of the 21st-century library.

Demand for instant access, 24/7. Outsourcing issues. Constantly evolving standards. How can catalogers create a flexible, Web 2.0-compliant, flexible, multi-metalingual cataloging department? A daunting challenge, definitely; but with the right guidance, any cataloger can get up to speed and handle these common and confusing problems.

Each chapter of Practical Strategies for Cataloging Departments is authored or coauthored by a leader in cataloging, metadata practice, or education in these specialties. This book offers practical advice—based on direct experience—for facing the challenges of organizing information today. Topics include training, collaborating across the library, coping with changes in standards, making strategic selections of vendor cataloging products, developing cooperative organizations, and more. The specific techniques that will help catalogers meet the needs of 21st century patrons are emphasized.


  • Provides real-life examples, case studies, guidelines, and model practices that demonstrate ways to bring cataloging services into the 21st century


  • Presents effective strategies for training catalogers in a complex, multilayered environment
  • Offers advice on building the existing skills within your departments
  • Demonstrates how to integrate new metadata languages into your library's tools
Author Info

Rebecca L. Lubas is director of cataloging and discovery services at the University of New Mexico Libraries, Albuquerque, NM, where she coordinates a group of catalogers working in many formats. Lubas was president of the Online Audiovisual Catalogers in 2005 and was a featured speaker at Library Week in Kosovo in 2006.



"Recommended for cataloging department managers and cataloging educators, both in library school and on the job."Library Journal

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