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Cataloging: how to take a business approach

Ruth Fischer (Library Consultants with R2 Consulting, Contoocook, New Hampshire, USA)
Rick Lugg (Library Consultants with R2 Consulting, Contoocook, New Hampshire, USA)
Kent C. Boese (Fine Arts Cataloger at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, DC, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



In this paper, ten standard business principles are considered in relation to library cataloging. These principles are intended to suggest methods that may decrease the time necessary for processing new library materials without adversely affecting access to the materials. This purely rational paradigm offers ideas about how to modify the cataloging philosophy and workflow, to reduce costs and improve patron service. By applying these basic principles, cataloging departments can accomplish traditional tasks more efficiently. Furthermore, the adoption of this approach will help to ensure the department's perceived value and relevance by freeing catalogers to focus more fully on the description and access of electronic resources.



Fischer, R., Lugg, R. and Boese, K.C. (2004), "Cataloging: how to take a business approach", The Bottom Line, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 50-54.



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