Summarizing from an email:
Karen Snow is a Ph.D. Candidate in Information Science in the College of Information at the University of North Texas who is collecting data for her dissertation “A Study of the Perception of Cataloging Quality Among Catalogers in Academic Libraries.”
This study addresses the ambiguous nature of “quality” in cataloging and the difficulties in assessing what quality cataloging means due to differing perceptions of this concept among catalogers. My intent is to explore these perceptions of quality cataloging in the academic library environment and to produce a greater understanding of how catalogers approach their work.
The target population of this study is catalogers (both professional and paraprofessional) who work in an academic library and perform original cataloging using the MARC 21 standard. “Original cataloging,” as defined by this study, includes the creation of a new record that does not contain any prior data and/or the editing of an existing record that previously contained only very minimal data.
The survey should take approximately 30-35 minutes to complete. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, August 20, 2010.
Please do not hesitate to contact Karen.Snow@unt.edu if you should have any questions or concerns.