(iii) find out whether the automated cataloguing system effectively share resources among various the academic libraries in Oyo State Nigeria;
(iv) find out availability and functionality of ICT tools for the automated cataloguing in academic libraries in Oyo State Nigeria;
(v) find out whether duplication of work is eliminated by the use of automated cataloguing in academic libraries in Oyo State Nigeria; and
(vi) investigate the challenges associated with automated cataloguing in academic libraries in Oyo State Nigeria.
(i) Does automated cataloguing system have an effective control over the entire cataloguing operation in academic libraries in Oyo Sate Nigeria?
In Nigeria, university libraries right from their outset practice conventional cataloguing. In the recent time, online cataloguing is the preferred cataloguing method (Adeleke and Olorunsola, 2009).
Majority of these universities have standard functional cataloguing sections practicing conventional and online cataloguing.
The university libraries have functional cataloguing sections practicing both conventional and online cataloguing.
Cataloguers need to key into new techniques as well as the conventional practice of cataloguing. However, these new methods and techniques may at the same time affect either the conventional cataloguing competencies of cataloguers thereby affecting their work output.
Online cataloguing was actually not introduced to replace conventional cataloguing but to complement it.
Gorman (1998) says that by the end of the twentieth century, with the explosion of digital formats and the internet, the treatment of non-book formats using the model of book cataloguing has become less useful.
Schneider (2007) challenged the cataloguing practices as exemplified by the Library of Congress Working Group on the future of bibliographic control.
Library of Congress (2006) in its report on the changing nature of cataloguing notes that the catalogue operates against a backdrop of flat or declining use of library collections, flashy and powerful alternatives for information discovery, rapid changes in information technology, rising expectations of library patrons, mass digitization projects, and an incipient revolution in scholarly information exchange.
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The introduction of computers into cataloguing marked a turning point in the way it is being done and by whom the cataloguing is done.