Thursday, May 26, 2016


Books and Thesis by Salman Haider on Library and Information Science, Library Cataloging, and Resource Description and Access (RDA)


  • Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices : Use of RDA by Academic Libraries
  • Information Access Through The Subject : An Annotated Bibliography


Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices : Use of RDA by Academic Libraries / by Salman Haider & Primary Research Group Staff. - New York : Primary Research Group, 2016. (111 pages ; 28 cm.). ISBN: 9781574403831

Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices : Use of RDA by Academic Libraries / By Salman Haider


Primary Research Group is the publisher of Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices : Use of RDA by Academic Libraries. PRG publishes research reports, surveys, and benchmarking studies for businesses, colleges, libraries, law firms, hospitals, museums, and other institutions. Based on substantial primary and secondary research, benchmarking studies by PRG allow institutions to compare their budgets, managerial decisions, technology purchases, and strategic visions to those of their peers. 


Primary Research Group Inc. has published the Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices: Use of RDA by Academic Libraries, ISBN 978-157440-383-1 The study presents data and commentary from 60 predominantly academic libraries about their use of Resource Description and Cataloging, or RDA. The questionnaire was largely designed and the summary written by award winning cataloging and metadata librarian Salman Haider... ... Data is broken out by of academic institution, tuition level, and type or Carnegie class among other variables.

The study reports on library perceptions of RDA, ease of implementation, librarian training and use, and reception by patrons, among other issues. The study presents detailed commentary on the integration of RDA with ILS systems, and reports on the impact of RDA on cataloging productivity and use of staff time. It also contains detailed information on how librarians are training for use of RDA and what resources they are using to accomplish this. The report also looks at the general state of cataloging in academic libraries with questions about budget, staffing, technology use and more.

Just a few of the report’s many finding are that:

According to the survey participants 111.72 minutes is the mean extra time needed for every 10 library items cataloged using RDA vs. prior procedures. The median time extra was 50 minutes, and the range was from 0 to 600 minutes.

A plurality of survey participants were not in favor of retro-conversion services for RDA cataloging as they do not think that it will result in saving of time and money, and high quality records. Out of all 56 responses received 26 were against retro-conversion, 12 favored it, and 18 responses contained mixed opinions.

35.59 percent of all survey participants say the library has spent “about the same” on cataloging over the past five years, while 32.20 percent estimate that they have spent “somewhat less.” Just 8.47 percent of participants say their institutions have spent “somewhat more” on cataloging.


James WeinheimerDirector of Library and Information Services, American University of Rome, Rome, Italy [July 11, 2016] --  Incredible finding (that was met with complete silence) in the report “Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices: Use of RDA by Academic Libraries”.


Information Access Through The Subject : An Annotated Bibliography / by Salman Haider. - Online : OpenThesis, 2015. (408 pages ; 23 cm.)

Annotated bibliography titled Information Access Through The Subject covering Subject Indexing, Subject Cataloging, Classification, Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems, and Subject Approaches in Bibliographic and Non Bibliographic Databases etc.

Information Access Through The Subject

The project "annotated bibliography" was worked out as Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) dissertation in the Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University, IndiaInformation Access Through The Subject is a very much appreciated work (see Testimonials). It earned the author S. Bashiruddin – P. N. Kaula Gold Medal, Post Graduate Merit Scholarship, First Division, and IInd Position in the MLIS program.

MLIS Thesis is available and discussed in following places:
Information Access Through The Subject

All librarians and information professionals may use information from this thesis for their writings and research, with proper attribution and citation. I would appreciate it if you would let me know, too! Please cite as given below:


Professor Shabahat Husain, Chairman, Department of Library and Information Science, Librarian, Maulana Azad Library, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, India [2002] -- This MLIS thesis is worth a Ph. D.

Michael F. Bemis, Reference Librarian and Writer - Washington County Public Library, Woodbury, Minnesota, USA [May 2015, posted on Librarianship Studies & Information Technology Blog Guest Book] -- I wanted to complement you on your annotated bibliography entitled "Information Access Through the Subject." I recently became aware of your work through a notice on LinkedIn, of which I am a member. It is clear that you have put much time and effort into creating this well researched document. 
I also would like to extend my congratulations on a very well designed and user friendly website, namely, "Librarianship Studies & Information Technology." I discovered this site while searching for your previously mentioned bibliography.



Rabindra K. Maharana [April, 2015] Thanks a lot sir for sharing such an informative material.


Some interesting discussion on LinkedIn CILIP Group on Information Access Through The Subject

John LinsayReader in Information Systems Design at Kingston University, London, England [2015]
  • Salman Haider
    One should start with Foskett, a Subject approach to information. Each of the five editions, over nearly fifty years, gives a very useful history. The weakness is that he rather limits himself to scientific information (as was fashion able with information science) and has been rather weak on the humanities, leaving that to someone else

  • Salman Haider
    Say it a coincident one article written by my Supervisor Prof. Shabahat Husain, is cited in the the fifth edition of Foskett's Subject Approach to Information... and this books is also consulted during the work on my MLIS thesis.

  • Salman Haider
    Excellent, his five versions are worth knowing, and the trouble is all five of them will be hard to find in one library. What is the Husain article, as I don't have fifth edition to hand at the moment?

  • It is about Faceted Classification philosophy and Colon Classification system by Dr. S.R. Ranganathan. He did some work on this during his research in Loughborough University, England.


Roger HawcroftLibrary Consultant & Social Justice Activist, Queensland, Australia [October 4, 2015, posted in Collaborative Librarians International group] -- This is an excellent work with a relatively unique perspective. I am surprised it hasn't had greater attention and I would certainly recommend it to all those interested in the vagueries and complexities of achieving better access to materials than many traditional approaches have provided.


Thanks all for your love, suggestions, testimonials, likes, +1, tweets and shares ...