Implementation of Batch Cataloging : A Case Study

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Publication Date

March 2015


Batch cataloging, or editing and adding large batches of MARC records to a catalog at once, is gaining popularity over individually cataloging each title, especially regarding electronic resources. Academic libraries increasingly incorporate batch cataloging into workflows, due to the necessity of increasing access to resource collections. This automation frequently utilizes vendor-supplied MARC records, which can contain errors or incomplete records, and may be time-consuming to fix. Additionally, new technological skills are required in addition to cataloging knowledge in order to manipulate software used to edit large batches of records. Despite these challenges, batch cataloging of vendor-supplied records is increasingly prolific in academic libraries. Advantages include increasing user access to large collections at a faster rate and simplifying the process of adding large collections. Despite the increasing popularity of batch cataloging and the widespread use of open-source software such as MarcEdit to edit these records, there is very little literature currently available on the implementation process. This paper presents a case study of the implementation of batch cataloging and automation for ebooks in an academic library, focusing on the challenges and opportunities of the process, including the tools utilized. The study is relevant for any technical services department considering batch cataloging, or any librarians interested in tools for mass editing or cataloging of MARC records.

Journal Title

Creating Sustainable Community: The Proceedings of the ACRL 2015 Conference, March 25–28, Portland, Oregon