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Cataloging COI Updates - Summer 2020

Summary of the latest updates, best practice suggestions and decisions from the Cataloging COI meetings and discussions:Cataloging COI Updates

  • The Cataloging COI had a joint conversation with PALNI members during the OPAL-PALNI conference on August 7.

  • All attendees shared their status on plans for the upcoming Fall Term. For more details on reopening plans for OPAL institutions, the Circulation COI has compiled a spreadsheet. Thank you Gina Maida of Mount Union!

  • Jeff Siemon (PALNI/Alexander University) encouraged replacing master records after editing them (when possible) so that everyone can benefit from better records.

  • Dave Powell (MTSO) suggests adding clarifying language to the "View online" link in the catalog for OPAL EBSCO ebooks to something like "View online (All OPAL libraries)". This could help avoid confusion in cases where items are also held by individual OPAL libraries, so that patrons realize that everyone in OPAL has access.
  • Next meeting Wednesday, October 28, 2020. 

Statement of Purpose

The Cataloging COI establishes and maintains standards, policies, and procedures that ensure high quality bibliographic records in the OPAL online catalog. The Cataloging COI recommends policies for record selections, input, and deletion, in accord with OhioLINK directives, and plans and implements modifications to catalog records in response to changes in accepted cataloging practices and system enhancements.

Policies and procedures are developed in consultation with the OhioNET Director of Technology Services and are published and maintained in an online cataloging manual. The COI also serves as an advisory body to the Directors’ Council, works in collaboration with other OPAL groups with shared interests, and regularly disseminates its work through OPAL communication channels.