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vol. 66


no. 1


Yale University Library’s Dataset Cataloging Task Force was formed in spring 2019 to address issues raised by the inclusion of data set holdings in the institutional catalog. The paper describes the group’s assessment of existing cataloging practices and the current integrated library system environment; the process of developing cataloging guidelines in the absence of authoritative resources to optimize the discoverability and accessibility of data sets in the online library catalog; and proposed next steps to discuss, establish, and document national guidelines for cataloging data sets so that these increasingly important resources are treated in a consistent manner in institutional, consortial, and global catalogs.


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