Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Report on Cataloging


Inventory comes slowly

Billington also told the committee that the library has inventoried less than 20 percent of the 17 million print items it aims to include in its Baseline Inventory Project (BIP), which began in FY02.

While in 1998 LC estimated that the BIP might be completed in eight years (by 2010), costing $1.1 million a year, now it could “take ten more years to complete with available funds,” Billington said. Nevertheless, LC Inspector General Karl Schnornagel told the committee, “I do not believe that this has significantly impaired the library's ability to secure its collections.”