Melissa De Fino
(Corresponding Author)
Special Collections Catalog Librarian
Technical & Automated Services
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
47 Davidson Road
Piscataway, N.J. 08854
Voice: (732) 445-5903
Fax: (732) 445-5888

Jianrong Wang
Technical Services Librarian
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 195
Pomona, NJ 08240
Voice: (609) 652-4571
Fax: (609) 652-4964

Given the budgetary and technological changes facing academic libraries, it has become necessary for librarians to become self-advocates, describing and defending the work they do. Most research in this area is dedicated to public services, with little focus on technical services. A survey conducted in the fall of 2009 found that catalogers in the sample state of New Jersey collect detailed productivity statistics to illustrate their value. This paper analyzes the statistics-gathering process and makes suggestions for developing these methods into a strong assessment model. Quality control assessment is the tool catalogers need to describe their worth to library stakeholders.

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