ERIC Number: ED035428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
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Cost and Time Analysis of Monograph Cataloging in Hospital Libraries: A Preliminary Study.
The purpose of this paper is: (1) to propose models to be used in evaluating relative time and cost factors involved in monograph cataloging within a hospital library, and (2) to test the models by performing a cost and time analysis of each cataloging method studied. To establish as complete a list of cataloging work units as possible, several hospital catalogers in the Detroit area were interviewed to learn the pattern of steps they follow. A check-list of cataloging work was then prepared to test the following possible approaches to cataloging: (1) original cataloging, using either Library of Congress (LC) or National Library of Medicine (NLM) systems, (2) cataloging with LC cards, (3) cataloging with LC cards, but utilizing NLM subject headings, (4) cataloging with LC proofcopy, and (5) cataloging from NLM bibliographic information. Data for the cost-time analysis was collected during March of 1969 at the Wayne State University School of Medicine Library (WSUML). Fifty titles considered suitable for a hospital library were cataloged using each of the above approaches. The different cataloging methods measured are discussed in relation to the hospital library situation. For each method there is a table listing the time and cost values for every work unit with alternatives available within each method. (Author/JB)
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Sponsor: National Library of Medicine (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Medical Library.