Libraries of ninety universities granting doctorates were surveyed regarding binding, cataloging, classification, storage, and checking of format practices for theses and dissertations. On the basis of the findings and with consideration given to the processing time and potential use of these materials, it was decided that checking of content and format should be left to the graduate school and academic departments, with the library involved in checking archival qualities. Recommended processing practice involves full descriptive and subject cataloging, with author input on the latter point, and elimination of all but the most rudimentary classification.
A study of the costs of cataloging and associated processing tasks before and after the adoption of the Ohio College Library Center On-line Shared Cataloging System at the Ohio State University Libraries finds that an increase in production has been achieved. Unit costs have risen at a rate less than the general rate of inflation.