Yazar/lar: Tolga Çakmak
Kaynak: The Electronic Library
Purpose – This study analyses the current practices and cooperation between the Turkish university libraries related to cataloguing processes and presents cataloguing librarians’ evaluations about clarity and comprehensiveness of the given information in library catalogues.
Research methodology – In line with the literature review, a web-based questionnaire was developed concerning the cataloguing practices implemented at university libraries in Turkey. The questionnaire was submitted to 316 cataloguing librarians; 104 cataloguing librarians from 61 different libraries responded to the survey. The collected data were analysed through descriptive statistics. The responses given to some open-ended questions were assessed with
respective expressions presented verbatim in the study and some of them visualised via VOSViewer software.
Findings – The findings reflect that the analysed university libraries implement different cataloguing processes. It is seen that some libraries use the necessary systems and services related to cataloguing and classification while others use individual solutions without using such systems and services. There is cooperation between the analysed libraries about sharing catalogue records. In this regard, it is understood that cataloguing librarians mostly prefer transferring catalogue records from the catalogues of university libraries they trust. Also indicated are that the analysed librarians think that the descriptive information provided via OPACs are at a moderate level in terms of clarity and comprehensibility.
Originality/value – The study contributes to the existing literature of a limited number of relevant studies by establishing the baseline pertaining to cataloguing processes undertaken at university libraries in Turkey.
Çakmak, T. (2019). Cataloguing practices at university libraries: Analysis of current conditions and practices in Turkey. The Electronic Library, ?(?), ???-???. doi: