I am in a library science class at IVY tech and I have a question.
The information came from IU East Campus Library Staff, Marcia Sloan:
When a book is given to me to catalog for our shelves I first need to know what section it will live in (Stacks, Juvenile, Reference, etc.) and how long it will check out for (Norm, Day3, Day7, Day 14 or Non-Circulating). Also, some of our collection has a special note in the 590 field that allows us to search for that collection (CARE Center, Library Living Room, Green Grant, etc). Once I have all that information I then check the circulation system (SIRSI/workflows) to see if any other IU library owns that title that will allow us to add to their record. I have a list of who won’t let us add to their record. If none there, I use another program (Connexion) to download a record into our circulation system. There are many steps to this process. Once that is done I can add the call number to the spine of the book and any other labels we add for our collection (yellow J for Juvenile, green C for CARE Center, etc). One book can take me 10 to 15 minutes to catalog depending on how easy the record is to find in Connexion. A DVD or CD will take a bit longer because I have to make up the spine label for the case with the disk we keep at the circulation desk and there are more labels on both cases. If I have a lot of books for a certain section, I will wait until all are done before I make the call numbers. I really do most of our books in batches. The batch books and DVDs can take a few days to make their way to the shelves. When these books get backlogged, the most important item gets catalog first. I now have three units of books waiting to get cataloged.