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CatQC and Shelf-Ready Material: Speeding Collections to Users While Preserving Data Quality

Michael Jay, Betsy Simpson, Doug Smith

Abstract


Libraries contract with vendors to provide shelf-ready material, but is it really shelf-ready? It arrives with all the physical processing needed for immediate shelving, then lingers in back offices while staff conduct itemby-item checks against the catalog. CatQC, a console application for Microsoft Windows developed at the University of Florida, builds on OCLC services to get material to the shelves and into the hands of users without delay and without sacrificing data quality. Using standard C programming, CatQC identifies problems in MARC record files, often applying complex conditionals, and generates easy-to-use reports that do not require manual item review.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v28i1.3171

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