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Cataloging and Metadata
George A. Smathers Libraries
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117004
1508 Union Road, Room 400
Gainesville, FL 32611-7004
Telephone: (352) 273-2675
Fax: (352) 392-4788
Below is a list of cataloging services offered by the department with estimates of average throughput time. All cataloging complies with national standards.
A number of variables impact the actual time it takes to complete a project, such as:
Consultation, preferably early in a project timeline, is critical in order to adequately assess the resources required to complete the cataloging.
Cataloging Tier I
Full original cataloging: descriptive metadata with all related notes, two or more subject headings, authority-controlled name and series headings, and classification numbers. Estimate: 1-1.5 hours/title (Equivalent: OCLC Encoding Levels: Blank, I)
Note: Highly specialized material (e.g., rare books and serials, antique maps, realia) may require 4+ hours/title
Cataloging Tier 2
Minimal original cataloging: descriptive metadata with limited notes, at least one subject heading, name and series headings, and classification numbers.
Estimate: 30 minutes-1 hour/title (Equivalent: OCLC Encoding Level: K)
Cataloging Tier 3
Copy cataloging: descriptive metadata with notes, at least one subject heading, name and series headings, and classification numbers.
Estimate: 10-30 minutes/title (OCLC Encoding Levels accepted: Blank, I, K, L, M, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Typically involves assignment of Library of Congress classification numbers. Large projects employ combination of automated and manual methods.
Estimate: 10 minutes/title (manual assignment)
Includes barcodes, spine labels, security tapes, and property stamps.
Estimate: 5-10 minutes/volume