Cataloging hall of famers: Michael Gorman, Janet Swan Hill, and Arlene Taylor discuss what it was like to live through cataloging rule changes in the past in this ALISE 2010 program: Technical Services: Past, Present, Future. Don't let this boring title fool you. This audio discussion of how libraries transitioned from the ALA-LC cataloging rules to AACR1 and AACR1 to AACR2 is fascinating and well-worth listening to. The panel also shares their thoughts (and strong opinions) on RDA and its possible future as a new cataloging code.
One of the great things about focusing on a library topic that is supposedly out-of-date--you can find cheap books on the subject at Amazon.com. So, last week I read an essay written by Michael Gorman circa 1979, Cataloging and the New Technologies. In it he presciently describes a bibliographic model very similar to the new, "future" RDA scenario #1.
Those of you familiar with the development of Resource Development and Access (RDA) will know that scenario #1 describes entity records connected by links.
Anyway, Michael Gorman often gets a bad rap out here in the library blogosphere, but in this essay he proves to be very forward-thinking indeed.
Michael Gorman spoke on the future of cataloging last summer at the American Association for Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting & Conference 2007. The audio CD for his presentation, The Future of Cataloging, is now available for purchase from the AALL website for both members and non-members.