A Library Manager's Guide to the Physical Processing of Nonprint Materials

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Book Review


OLAC sponsored the publication of this book. It is a very useful guide to the physical processing of audiovisual material. The authors examined processing manuals from many libraries in compiling this manual and consulted a wide range of librarians, museum specialists, special collections experts, preservationists, and commercial library supply vendors. In the first part of the book, the authors write about management factors such as who the library users are, the library philosophy, the budget, the facilities available, the physical environment, the equipment owned by the library, the staffing level, the time staff members have available for processing, and the variety of formats included in the collection which must be considered in making processing decisions. Library decisions and policies on circulation, storage, preservation, and security that affect processing decisions are also discussed. In the next section the authors discuss options for physical processing such as commercial processing, cost factors, packaging/repackaging, what to do with accompanying material, ownership marks, labeling, circulation pockets, etc., and barcodes. Ms. Driessen and Ms. Smyth present different options for processing such as classifying audiovisual materials with accession numbers or with Dewey or Library of Congress call numbers.


Books – Reviews; Cataloging of nonbook materials; Classification; Subject cataloging


Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Cataloging and Metadata | Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science


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