Cataloguing and classification are no longer being taught widely, but we recognise the need from library and information professionals for training in these areas.
- Do you think that the terms ‘cataloguing’ and ‘indexing’ are out of touch with today’s world?
- Has there been a paradigm shift and should we respond to it by changing our name and/or our events to reflect this?
- Is the Cataloguing and Indexing Group Committee organising the types of events you need where you need them?
To find answers to these questions, we invite all our existing and potential members to participate in a short survey. Your views will help us understand our members better and will guide us in deciding whether to change our name.
Your responses will also contribute to shaping the events we offer in the future. We will share the findings of the survey and present our proposals at our 2018 AGM.
Please complete the survey by 31 March 2018.
“Future-proofing” our catalogue – we see RDA as the way that cataloguing is going – don’t want to be left behind!”
“An honest response here is that change is effectively being forced on us by changes in the wider world of cataloguing…”
“Not much has changed”
Opinions may be divided, but 83% of respondents have decided to implement RDA, according to the latest survey conducted by CIG. The poll, conducted by Survey Monkey during November, elicited responses from 47 institutions, of whom 16 had already implemented RDA and a further 14 plan to do so within 18 months; a further 9 will implement RDA, but have not set a date. No institution has decided not to implement RDA, although 7 have yet to make a decision.
The main reason for deciding to implement was to maintain interoperability with other agencies. Very few respondents thought there would be productivity benefits or other cost benefits in the short term. Several had concerns about the cost of subscriptions. In the longer term, there are expectations of enhanced discovery.
The response came overwhelmingly from academic libraries (over 75%), with less than 9% from public libraries. Respondents answered 10 questions covering implementation plans, experience of application, expectations, systems architecture, and scope of RDA. The full results and comments will be published in Catalogue & Index issue 173.
CIG invites you to complete this brief survey on the status of RDA implementation in the UK. This survey complements a similar survey recently undertaken by the European RDA Interest Group (EURIG) to evaluate uptake of RDA in Europe.
Responses are invited from institutions rather than individuals. We would prefer to receive no more than one response per institution. Results from the survey will be reported in Catalogue & Index and summarised on this Blog.
The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and can be found on Survey Monkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M6WZXGH
Please respond by close of business, Friday 22nd of November.