Monday, March 2, 2009

CatQC and Shelf-Ready Material: Speeding Collections to Users While Preserving Data Quality, by Michael Jay, et al

Libraries contract with vendors to provide shelf-ready material, but is it really shelf-ready? It arrives with all the physical processing needed for immediate shelving, then lingers in back offices while staff conduct itemby-item checks against the catalog. CatQC, a console application for Microsoft Windows developed at the University of Florida, builds on OCLC services to get material to the shelves and into the hands of users without delay and without sacrificing data quality. Using standard C programming, CatQC identifies problems in MARC record files, often applying complex conditionals, and generates easy-to-use reports that do not require manual item review.


Betsy Simpson said...

How does your institution handle bibliographic quality control for shelf-ready items? In your opinion, which parts of the bib record merit examination and why?

As libraries rely more and more on record delivery via OCLC's WorldCat Cataloging Partners program along with shelf-ready processing, economies of scale are realized. What impact do you think this will have on workflows and staffing?

michael said...

catqc 1.4 and marclib 1.1 are now available for distribution under the GNU Public License. The source files are at the URI below in compressed format.