Best of LRTS Award

About the Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award
The Best of LRTS Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in the official journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, Library Resources & Technical Services.

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2012 Winner(s)

Assessing the Cost and Value of Bibliographic Control

authored by Erin Stalberg, director of discovery and access at the Mount Holyoke College Library, and Christopher Cronin, director of metadata and cataloging services at the University of Chicago Library, published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), volume 55, number 3, 2011, pages 124-137.

 "Assessing the Cost and Value of Bibliographic Control" directly tackles the central question faced by technical services administrators and catalogers today—how can we measure the value of what we do? The seven "operational definitions of value" laid out by the ALCTS Task Force on Cost/Value Assessment of Bibliographic Control and elaborated in the article provide a common vocabulary for establishing the value of bibliographic control, and the article additionally suggests research topics to advance our understanding of how successfully bibliographic control is supporting these values.