The Incredible Shrinking Cataloging Department: How to Do More with Less

January 11 and 12, 2012
Hosted by Xiaoli Li and Wade Wyckoff

 

With the current economic downturn, many cataloging departments have experienced or are facing staff reductions. With fewer catalogers around to process materials, those departments have to come up with ways to deal with the situation. Some have struggled while others have been more successful. Some have even managed to do more with less.

This e-Forum will be an open discussion about options, choices, strategies used in various cataloging departments. Please be prepared to share your own ideas and solutions. We are hoping we all will have a great and productive year ahead with the collective wisdom offered through this forum. The topics to be covered include:

  • Outsourcing options
  • Cooperative cataloging exchanges between libraries
  • Managing foreign language materials
  • Improving efficiencies in cataloging workflow
  • Stopping tasks that are less value-added

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Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.

Course Level & Prerequisites

none

Hosts

Xiaoli Li is the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services Department at the University of California, Davis General Library. Her department has had an approximately 20 percent reduction in staffing since 2008 when the department was formed as a result of the reorganization of technical services at Davis.

Wade Wyckoff joined McMaster University Library in 2006, where he is currently Associate University Librarian, Collections. Previously, he held appointments as Cataloguing Policy Librarian and Collection Services Librarian with the University Library. Before coming to Mac, Wade was an Archivist with the U.S. Navy’s History and Heritage Command. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in History and an M.L.S., all from Indiana University.

Dates & Times

January 11-12, 2012

Credits

none

Fee

Free

Technical Requirements

Email account with an Internet connection.

Registration

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