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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32126

Title: Mountains to molehills: The past, present, and future of cataloging backlogs
Authors: Howarth, Lynne C.
Moor, Leslie
Sze, Elisa
Keywords: backlogs
arrearages
cataloguing operations
cataloguing process
workflow management
technical services management
Issue Date: 18-May-2010
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Howarth, L. C., Moor, L., and Sze, E. (2010). Mountains to molehills: The past, present, and future of cataloging backlogs. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 48(5), 423-444. DOI: 10.1080/01639371003767227
Abstract: While backlogs have existed in libraries and the literature that describes them, the decline in the acquisition of physical collections relative to digital resources, as well as the availability of cataloging copy has called into question the continued viability and relevance of arrearages. Yet, at a time of economic restraint, a rethinking of library operations is timely, if not urgent. What does nearly sixty years of research tell us about materials that are removed from cataloging workflow pending availability of a bibliographic record? This article analyzes the characteristics of, and reasons for, arrearages, and assesses approaches to reducing or eliminating backlogs.
Description: The final and definitive form of the article is available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01639371003767227
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32126
ISSN: 0163-9374 print
1544-4554 online
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