In the Bibliographic Services Department of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Libraries, the department not only maintains up-to-date print cataloging tools, but also subscribes to most of the online cataloging tools. The five catalogers in our department have different preferences in choosing the online or print versions when cataloging: one uses only print, one uses only online when possible, and the rest use both as needed. It appears that migrating totally from the print to online cataloging tools is not a preferred process for many of our catalogers, even though the benefits of using the online tools are substantial in saving time, accuracy, and uniformity. The authors’ experience with colleagues raised questions about what prompts some catalogers to prefer online to print and vice versa at libraries in the southeast region of the United States.

Publication Date

Fall 2007