The Catalog’s Last Stand

Medeiros, Norm The Catalog’s Last Stand. OCLC Systems & Services, 2007, vol. 23, n. 3, pp. 235-237. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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This article describes the uncertain future of the online catalog, and the tension that exists between creating a cataloging code that meets user needs while adhering to principles deemed important by the cataloging community. Underscoring this tension are the provocative questions posited by the Taiga Steering Committee, which call into question the future of libraries.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: online catalog ; OPAC ; RDA ; Resource Description and Access ; cataloging ; Taiga Forum
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HM. OPACs.
L. Information technology and library technology > LR. OPAC systems.
I. Information treatment for information services > IA. Cataloging, bibliographic control.
Depositing user: Norm Medeiros
Date deposited: 21 Sep 2007
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:09


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