Is your cataloging unit involved in the creation of metadata for the Digital Library and/or Institutional Repository?
For the 82 respondents that selected “Sort of,” there were a variety of tasks mentioned that catalogers are doing to assist those working on digital collections with metadata creation. This includes:
- Cataloging theses and dissertations
- Quality control
- Cataloging Special Collections items whose MARC records are then repurposed by digital library staff
- Training digital library staff on cataloging best practices, especially with regards to using the Library of Congress Authority Files
- Trying to figure out how catalogers can be integrated into digital library workflows