I always thought "Cataloging Rules" would be a great name for a blog. Well, turns out it's an ALA Connect community:
The mission of Cataloging Rules is to serve as a forum for discussing the value that cataloging adds to libraries.
The world of information discovery and information retrieval is a competitive one, so it's important that catalogers explain the crucial role metadata plays in helping libraries achieve their missions. Rich metadata, such as that created and maintained in online catalogs, enables efficient and precise information discovery in libraries. Cataloging has many features that facilitate discovery and compensate for the weaknesses of full-text searching, including the application of controlled vocabularies and the resolution of the name ambiguity problem.
Over the past ten years, many have attacked library catalogs, catalogers, and cataloging in general, but insufficient effort has been made, in the wake of these gratuitous attacks, to explain the value that cataloging adds to information management and discovery in libraries. This group will serve as a forum for discussing the great value that cataloging adds to library collections.
Not an ALA member? You can still participate:
Non-members will be able to register in Connect to create a free account, but they will only be able to view and add to public content. They won't be able to search for ALA members, view member data, or take advantage of any of the networking features.