Reclassification project at St Martin's College: a case study

Weaver, Margaret ORCID logo ORCID: and Stanning, Michael (2007) Reclassification project at St Martin's College: a case study. Library Review, 56 (1). pp. 61-72. Full text not available from this repository.

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Purpose: The purpose of this article is to outline the approach taken to the reclassification of the library collection within a small multi-site college of higher education – whereby 160,000 volumes were converted from the BLISS system to the Dewey Decimal Classification system, over a period of 11 weeks during Summer 2004.

Design/methodology/approach: An automated approach was taken whereby the Library Systems Supplier – Talis was commissioned to convert catalogue records using a batch process. Risk analysis and critical path analysis were used as tools to keep the project on schedule and provide quality control.

Findings: An automated approach allowed the project to be completed on time, within budget and with minimal disruption to services. Project planning was crucial to the success of the project. This included mapping BLISS to Dewey numbers, recruitment of a student team, management of work packages and ensuring continuity of the Library Service during the project.

Practical implications: Institutional support for the project was secured because of its relevance to the College's corporate agenda and the promise of a wider impact that the project would have in terms of modernisation of the library service.

Originality/value: Despite the apparent lack of current articles on re-classification, many libraries are still grappling with ongoing retrospective cataloguing projects. This case study demonstrates how one institution approached the problem and demonstrates that an automated approach can yield benefits. It will be of use to other libraries thinking of, or involved with, similar conversions. The partnership role of the Library Management System Supplier is also highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Library Review
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 0024-2535
Departments: Professional Services > Information Services
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2010 10:45
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