Conversations with catalogers in the 21st century by Elaine R. Sanchez

By Elaine R. Sanchez

Library and data technology college needs to settle for that the catalog of outdated is not any extra. despite the fact that, whereas cataloging is evolving, it isn't going away, and the underlying ideas stay legitimate and very important to the way forward for libraries and their employees. An appreciation for a way info is derived and established remains to be serious with a view to serve clients effectively.
Authored by means of cataloging librarians, educators, and data procedure specialists, this publication of essays addresses principles and techniques for tackling the trendy demanding situations of cataloging and metadata practices.
Library experts within the cataloging and metadata professions have a better goal than just dealing with details and connecting clients to assets. there's a deeper and extra profound effect that comes in their paintings: protection of the human record.
Conversations with Catalogers within the twenty first Century comprises 4 chapters addressing large different types of concerns that catalogers and metadata librarians are presently dealing with. each vital subject is roofed, akin to altering metadata practices, criteria, info checklist constructions, facts structures, and consumer expectancies, supplying either theoretical and functional details. guidance for facing current demanding situations are in response to basics from the prior. tips about education employees, development new details structures of electronic library assets, documenting new cataloging and metadata capabilities, and developing new workflows allow a real-world online game plan for improvement.

Features
• comprises essays authored by way of skilled, passionate, and articulate catalogers, metadata librarians, and different experts
• contains unique learn survey effects on librarians' perspectives concerning present themes reminiscent of RDA, AACR2, FRBR, using upstream facts, and cataloging at the Semantic Web
• includes an introductory timeline and historical past of cataloging and metadata from historical to offer times
• offers a chronological bibliography of chosen works regarding cataloging and libraries via 1800 and a extra whole bibliography of similar works
• incorporates a foreword and afterword through 3 across the world identified and revered cataloging figures, Michael Gorman, Dr. Sheila S. Intner, and Dr. Susan S. Lazinger

Highlights
• presents insights into cataloging issues relating to RDA and AACR2 at a number of cataloging agencies
• Proposes totally new cataloging workflows and bibliographic/authority list buildings which may provide more beneficial and effective info access
• Addresses the historical past and way forward for cataloging and metadata and the necessity for larger schooling, on-the-job education, and staffing recruitment

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RDA is intended to be used beyond the Anglo community, and allowing multiple possible language abbreviations and descriptions does not support records that can be easily understood and used by all libraries, no matter what the language of their particular cataloguing agency. Latin does have the merit of being standard, and familiar to many. Another option with the same potential for linguistic problems is that of the statement of responsibility. 1F5 that “If a single statement of responsibility names more than three persons or corporate bodies performing the same function, or with the same degree of responsibility, omit all but the first of such persons or bodies.

We hope the RDA testing process will provide data for evaluation of its effectiveness and use. 2 Total Percentage 17% ILS DETAILS HAMPER COST-EFFECTIVENESS It’s not just the cataloging costs, but also reindexing of 3 existing records and retooling of the mapping/indexing for the public catalog; working with our vendor and IT department. 2. (continued) ILS DETAILS HAMPER COST-EFFECTIVENESS Percent of Respondents It won’t be cost effective because our systems are not set up to work with RDA effectively yet.

The problem, even after listening to so many of its ardent and vocal supporters, was actually seeing its monolithic online presence, and trying to imagine how to use this new code to achieve all the nobly stated objectives and principles in real life. It hasn’t been achieved. Neither FRBR nor RDA has been tested in production and outcomes reviewed (even though the Library of Congress and its testing associates are in the midst of this process), and FRBR remains a theoretical notion of the bibliographic universe that is still neither concrete nor available in the only platform most libraries use to provide access to their collections: online catalogs.

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