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Cataloging COI Updates - Fall 2021

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

  • The plan for outdated and offensive subject headings was taken to the Executive Committee and approved. Implementation is in process and additional recommendations can be brought to the Cataloging COI coordinator,

  • The Cataloging Manual is being revised with proposed changes highlighted in yellow. Send questions or suggestions for other changes to Heidi Beke-Harrigan, Lauren Marshall, or Dave Powell.

  • The group affirmed current policy of excluding links to eJournals from the associated print item records in the catalog and has added clarifying language to the Cataloging Manual.

  • An expanded, open discussion period with members responsible for discovery and access generated a list of shared topics of interest for further exploration. Over the next few months we will trial a series of OPAL-wide conversations to provide members with opportunities for in-depth discussion and collaborative immersion in these topics. 

  • Thanks to everyone who helped with the catalog cleanup for the print records that had been merged by OCLC and were lingering in our shared catalog.

  • Next meeting Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 10 am (virtual).

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.