Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Margaret Mering

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Published in Library Resources and Technical Services, vol. 47, no. 3 (July 2003), pp. 125-131. Published by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association. Copyright © American Library Association 2003. Used by permission.


As academic libraries undergo renovation and building projects, various technical service operations are frequently moved out of the main building and housed in an off-site location. The aim of this research was to discover, by means of a questionnaire, what the impact of such a move is on the workflow of professional catalogers. The researchers concluded that a positive experience on the part of the catalogers depends upon detailed planning, thoughtful administrative support, and an element of luck. However, some problems are unavoidable in moving catalogers away from the main collection.