ERIC Number: ED367353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Cataloging Backlog in Academic and Public Libraries: The Case of Ohio.
Ocran, Adelaide F.
This paper investigates the extent of cataloging backlog in Ohio libraries and methods adopted to reduce such backlog. A review of the relevant literature is made in order to gain insight into the different ways in which the problem has been tackled across the country. Data on the situation in Ohio is collected through survey methodology using the heads of cataloging departments in major academic and public libraries as the population sample. The data are analyzed, and conclusions are drawn on the basis of the findings. The findings suggest that size of library has little to do with the presence of backlog and that backlog is created by factors other than volume of collection. There also appears to be no significant relationship between backlog and types of libraries, in that backlog exists both in academic and public libraries. However, there is indication that the volume of backlog appears to be low in public libraries and high in academic libraries. Gifts to libraries contribute to the problem of backlog. Overall, the main cause of backlog has to do with the inadequate number of cataloging staff as well as sudden staff departures. The paper concludes with some general insights drawn from the study and some recommendations. The survey instrument and cover letter are appended. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/TMK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cataloging Backlogs; Ohio
Note: M.L.S. Research Paper, Kent State University.