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Cataloguing

 The main task of the Cataloguing Department consists in creating and maintaining a database of bibliographic records for books, theses and online resources. These records enable patrons to conduct searches for relevant material via the Library’s online public access catalogue (OPAC).  The database follows internationally recognised standards for cataloguing (AACR2) and classification (Library of Congress). A number of entry points enable the database to be searched by title, author or ISBN, and an authority list of Library of Congress subject headings also allows browsing for subject terms. Cataloguing tasks are carried out by a central Cataloguing Department situated at the Main Library and also by individual members of staff operating from various outlying sections and branches, such as Valletta Campus Library, Junior College, Bighi Library, the Law Library, the Faculty of Arts Library and the Health Sciences Library. All cataloguers are expected to be familiar with the latest developments in cataloguing and classification regulations especially for newly emerging e-resources, and thus an important part of the work involves training for new members of staff and continuous liaising between the main Cataloguing Department and the  branch libraries. As a team of cataloguers working together our main aim is to ensure that all newly acquired material passed on from the Acquisitions Department is made available to users within the shortest possible time.

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