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Analysis Reports & Results

Throughout the MCDU Project. we have publish on this site reports and other documents from the various analyses completed. This page links to documents that contain results of our analysis and other project deliverables. During the project we addressed a variety of project objectives and activities. We have organized documents and reports into several categories (follow the links to find the documents and reports associated with these categories):

Preparation of the Data for Analyses
Results of Frequency Count Analyses
Commonly Used MARC Elements
Extent of Support for FRBR User Tasks
MARC Content Designation Use over Time
Identifying and Understanding Factors Affecting Catalogers’ Utilization of MARC

Preparation of the Data for Analyses addresses the various methods and procedures used in preparing the MCDU dataset of more than 56 million MARC bibliographic records for analyses.

Results of Frequency Count Analyses lists the reports that contain the fundamental data upon which subsequent analyses were conducted. One report provides an overview profile of the entire MCDU dataset, and 20 separate reports present the frequency count on subsets of the entire dataset based on format of material described and the source of cataloging.

Commonly Used MARC Elements reports on our analysis that determined commonly used elements (based on the frequency count analyses) for each of the ten formats. We provide context for these commonly occurring elements by comparing the elements with guidelines and recommendations fromthe Program on Cooperative Cataloging BIBCO core records, CONSER records, and also recommendations published by the Library of Congress for national level (full and minimal) records.

Extent of Support for FRBR User Tasks examined the extent to which MARC elements used in the MCDU dataset support the four user tasks identified in the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. We use a mapping by Tom Delsey of MARC elements that support each task, along with our frequency count analyses as the basis for the results reported.

MARC Content Designation Use over Time reports on a second phase of analysis that attempted to take into account the dynamic and evolving nature of MARC and the CDS available to catalogers over time. We know that the CDS available to catalogers changed as MARC evolved. New CDS were added, some were deleted, and format integration brought together similar CDS from various formats.

Identifying and Understanding Factors Affecting Catalogers’ Utilization of MARC presents the final deliverable for the MCDU Project. We have developed a research plan that addresses the stakeholders involved in the cataloging enterprise to gain an understanding of the factors that influence and shape catalogers’ decisions regarding the use/nonuse of available MARC CDS. The MCDU Project only looked at the artifacts of the cataloging enterprise (i.e., the actual MARC records). An important next step in a future project will be to engage with the people involved in the cataloging enterprise to understand the behaviors, technologies, policies, and other factors that produced the MARC records examined in the current project.

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