Multiple Quick-Cataloging Templates
There are multiple workflows and purposes for which the Quick Cataloging interface is used. For example, in course reserves, staff frequently need to create records for different resource formats beyond book and article. Staff at the circulation desks need to create records any time an item brought to the desk is not found in Alma, and these resources can take any form - from sound recordings on CD to equipment like laptop chargers.
Not all of these materials fit the current “book” and “article” templates provided for Quick Cataloging. To enable efficient use of the Quick Cataloging feature, it is essential that staff are able to quickly complete record creation tasks without having to “fix” the records later because the current “Book” and “Article” templates don’t contain the correct coding.
This lack of proper templates leads to the need for libraries to educate non-cataloging staff on why records look/work the way they do, and to create “cheat sheets” for their use in editing quick-cataloged records to match their resource type. These fixes and workarounds add a considerable amount of time to the “Quick” Cataloging workflow.
The ability to configure multiple Quick Cataloging templates would more effectively meet libraries’ needs. For each template, staff should be able to configure the template’s default fields and mandatory fields. The templates, once configured, should appear in a drop-down selection list alongside the existing book and article record types when the Quick Cataloging feature is used.
This idea also asks for the quick cataloging template to be configurable.