University Libraries Publications

Title

Benefits of Batch Reclamation: The Kent State University Libraries Experience

Publication Title

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Publication Date

2012

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/01639374.2011.622836

Keywords

case studies, library catalogs/OPACs, catalog maintenance, OCLC WorldCat, college and university libraries, bibliographic data–interoperability

Disciplines

Cataloging and Metadata | Library and Information Science

Abstract

Bibliographic records in the Innovative library catalog at Kent State University Libraries had fallen out of synchronization with the Libraries’ holdings represented on OCLC's WorldCat database. The Libraries made a decision to undertake a batch reclamation project with OCLC to re-synch their holdings on WorldCat. This project was beneficial for both parties. OCLC received a clean copy of the Libraries’ database, while the Libraries were able to improve the quality of their local bibliographic data and address problem areas in the catalog. This case study is intended to provide a reference for other libraries considering OCLC batch reclamation projects.

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