Automating Cataloging Workflow of Library Traditional Materials

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Dong, E. (2021). Automating Cataloging Workflow of Library Traditional Materials. International Journal of Librarianship, 6(1), 73–88.
Received 2020-11-16
Accepted 2021-02-23
Published 2021-07-10


This paper describes the author’s experience with automating and streamlining cataloging workflows of traditional materials at the Florida International University Libraries using a combination of various cataloging tools, including MarcEdit, a local batch loading tool GenLoad, as well as OCLC services including WorldCat Updates service, OCLC Connexion’s batch process searches and Local File Manager. The paper addresses the old cataloging processes of these traditional materials, the developing process of new workflows and their impacts, and concludes with lessons learned and success factors. The new workflows have improved work efficiency and metadata control. The hope is that this paper will be of interest to libraries desiring to automate their cataloging workflow of traditional materials.


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