Quality in Bibliographic Control
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The Quality of cataloging is an issue that has engendered much discussion over decades of bibliographic control. Juxtaposed against the standard of full, accurate, and timely bibliographic records is the pressure to produce reliable access in a cost-effective manner. In reviewing the definition of quality at the Library of Congress (LC), the relationship of quality cataloging to copy cataloging, minimal level cataloging, the core bibliographic record, and outsourcing, the author concludes that the definition of quality is dynamic and dependent on the values and needs of catalog users.
bibliographic control; cataloging; libraries
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Thomas, Sarah E., "Quality in Bibliographic Control," Library Trends, v.44, no.3 (winter 1996) 491-505