Cataloging is a user service which strives to meet the following goals*:
- To enable a person to find a book (or other material) of which either
- the author,
- the title, or
- the subject is known
- To show what the library has
- by a given author
- on a given subject
- in a given kind of literature
- To assist in the choice of a book (or other material)
- as to the edition (bibliographically)
- as to its character (literary or topical)
These are sometimes summarized as: I) identifying or finding known items; II) collocating or bringing together related materials; and III) providing sufficient data so that the user can evaluate and select from among related materials.
*Based on Charles A. Cutter’s Rules for a Dictionary Catalog, 1904.
Adapted from Wynar’s Introduction to Cataloging and Classification by Arlene G. Taylor, 9th ed., 2000, p. 7-8.
Respond to the needs of all State University Libraries’ constituents with collaborative and innovative practices
Facilitate speedier and ever wider access to the resources available to our user communities and keep the official record of the holdings of the State University Libraries
- Provide accurate metadata to ensure user success
- Assure uniformity of names and subjects to benefit the end user’s discovery experience in next-generation library catalogs
- Perform subject analysis to facilitate effective searching
- Classify related material together to allow for subject browsing as well as to support collection analysis and development
- Offer convenient full-text access when available
- Expose hidden collections to make transparent the extent of our resources
- Create and maintain the inventory of the SUL’s collections
- Continually review workflows and apply state-of-the-art technology to maximize efficiency
- Adhere to internationally accepted metadata standards to make possible data-sharing and data-migration
- Participate in resource sharing cataloging cooperatives to increase productivity and cost-savings
Formally and unanimously adopted at Cataloging Summit, Oct. 2, 2009.
FIU Catalogers' Values
Our top value is serving our users.
We value accurate information in the library catalog for the use of our students and faculty…and for the use of our colleagues who work directly with library users.
Quality control is an essential feature of any user-centered service and the quality control of library catalog data is the “public” service that catalogers strive to provide.
We value the user’s time and we believe that we save their time by providing in depth subject analysis of the research materials in our collection. Subject analysis is something we cannot afford not to do.*
Because we value the user’s time, we provide the service of classifying related materials together; we believe that facilitating browsing is a service to our users.**
We value the uniformity of names and subjects and the syndetic structure of our data provided by authority control; we believe that these aspects of knowledge management “can benefit the end user’s discovery experience in next-generation library catalogs.”***
We value the user’s desire for online access to library materials; we strive to always provide catalog records with hotlinks whenever links are available.
We value work done on a timely basis; when we cannot keep up with in-coming work, we provide at least minimum-level records so that uncataloged materials can be requested by our users. There should be no hidden collections whether they are in a cataloging backlog or in a storage facility.
We value efficiency and we strive to continuously improve our procedures and workflows so that our work is done as efficiently and effectively as possible.
We value metadata created according to international standards because we know that such metadata will serve not only today's catalog user but also next-generation catalog users as well.
We value the resource sharing of international cataloging cooperatives—such as OCLC and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging of the Library of Congress. As with all resource sharing, the members must do their fair share of the cooperative work or the system will disintegrate and individual libraries will carry a greater burden by having to edit and create more records locally.
We value the positive image that Florida International University Libraries have earned as a result of our contribution to these international cataloging cooperatives.
*Data Quality: What Users and Librarians Want: an OCLC Report, 2009, p. 47: 32% of users want more subject information.
**"Catalog Information and User Expectations in an Amazoogle World,” Against the Grain, Nov. 2007, p. 42: 87% of users reported that shelf collocation of items on the same topic or subsequent editions of a work is important.
***Data Quality, p. 49. Catalog Information, p. 42: 92% of users indicated that authority control was important.