Cataloguing and classification: problems and possible solutions. a case study of Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
The purpose of this study was to examine the existing problems in cataloguing and classification of library materials in Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Libraries. The study also purposed to utilise the findings to propose solutions and recommendations which should be used to rectify the situation. The procedures of the study included:- i. reviewing of literature to show the existing state of cataloguing and classification in many libraries. ii. Data gathering through use of questionnaires to library staff, and library users, and interviews (interviews were administered to librarians using a guiding questionnaire). iii. Observation of the library staff. The study found that several problems exist in cataloguing and classification of library resources. Such problems included:- Use of outdated cataloguing and classification tools ,inadequate knowledge of cataloguing and classification rules and therefore poor interpretation and application of these rules, backlogs, lack of stationery, shortage of professional staff, manual systems, and many more. The research has recommended several solutions to the identified problems with a view of eradicating the cataloguing and classification problems. Such recommendations included:- creation of a committee on cataloguing and classification, allocation of more teaching and practical time to cataloguing and classification in the KU Library school, expanding the cataloguing systems to suit their own needs, recruiting of cataloguing oriented personnel, purchasing of up-to-date National Union Catalogues (NUCs), avoiding of unnecessary details, among other things.