This program will present findings of a survey related to the cataloging of equipment (such as devices, cables, kits, and any other nontraditional materials held by libraries.) While all librarians are certainly aware of the increase in such materials held by their institutions, there has not been a detailed study examining how libraries handle such items from a cataloging perspective. This study attempts to fill that gap. It will examine how many libraries are cataloging equipment, and whether different library types (academic, community college, public) handle this cataloging differently. It will also examine whether libraries have policies guiding equipment cataloging, why libraries catalog equipment, and whether or not libraries catalog equipment for collective use. It is hoped that findings from this survey can be used to develop best practices for equipment cataloging as libraries move from a MARC-oriented cataloging world to BIBFRAME and beyond.
Preston Salisbury– Assistant Professor and Monographic Cataloger, Mississippi State University