Saturday, April 5, 2008

Public Library Catalog

When was the last time you used Public Library Catalog? How many of you even knew it was still being published? Recent LIS grads--is this still mentioned in your reference resources class?

Basically, its the standard Wilson guide to recommended reference books and adult nonfiction arranged by Dewey number.

The 12th edition came out in 2004. A paperback supplement updates it every year. The 13th will be coming out shortly and the price will be about $400. What's your recommendation--renew or cancel?

10 comments:

Catherine Harper said...

I knew this source existed, but I didn't know we had it. I've never used it, and I don't plan to. The only area I recommend purchases in is business, and PLC is very limited in that subject. There are better selection tools and strategies.

JiHae said...

My gut reaction is - "Cut it. I never use it either". However, it does seem odd not to have it in our collection when most other public libraries still subscribe. The essential problem is we can rationalize almost all of our print resources away since so much information is available online.

Jane said...

Recevied 1 verbal comment 2 emailed :

DK: I would vote cancel. I can see its value as a collection development (or collection diminishment) tool, but I don’t see a strong need for it in our day-to-day reference work.

CL: I am going to 'Gong' this one.
I have not ever used it. After looking at it, I don't see a value to it over say OCLC, Jersey Cat, or our own on-line catalog. I honestly am not sure why I would turn to this rather than other electronic resources. That said, I am new to the biz, so perhaps I have not yet encountered a reference question that needs this specific resource!

BJS: Keep.

Jane said...

GS says thumbs down.

Andre said...

Thumbs down. I haven't used this book in years because I rely on so many other sources for information about potential purchases for the library.

Besides, Baker & Taylor indexes the Public Library catalog in Title Source so if I'm building a selection list for a particular Dewey area I can just plunk in that code.

Janie L. Hermann said...

I used it in library school for a collection development assignment. I seem to recall using it here at PPL at some point but I can't recall when.

I am on the fence, but leaning more towards cancel than keep.

Follow the Reader said...

Sorry for the delayed "gonggggg". Thumbs down. Open the door and kick it on out.

mlh said...

Just for fun I used it last week to compare with my assigned subject area. It was an interesting exercise and as a lowly part timer helpful. I too am on the fence. Mary Lou

Romina said...

I have never used and don't plan to either. Doesn't seem worth keeping in the collection.

Jane said...

The decision on this source is not to renew. I have cancelled it.