On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM, Nathan Rinne wrote:
I am wondering about the topic of “inter-rater reliability” (see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inter-rater_reliability ) within the cataloging community.
Obviously, catalogers do not always interpret a resource the same way and this will affect their assignment of subject headings.
That said, I think it is responsible to say that even a relatively inexperienced cataloger – given a good knowledge of the available LCSH headings – would probably not mess up a book that needed a heading like “United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Personal narratives”
This would be even more true for a person who is an expert in the subject area.
I seem to recall there being a study done on this years ago – the words “only 30% overlap [for something or other]” stick in my mind. Does anyone know about this study or other studies that have been done on this topic?