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Wednesday, June 13, 2007


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Jonathan Rochkind

Good find. Sure, patrons, but we don't even have the technology, culture, and policies to let LIBRARIANS improve and correct the metadata easily and quickly, do we? Depending on the type of metadata we are talking about, it involves some combination of a long and expensive training and certification process, and submitting a narrative request for correction to some Higher Power. If the correction/improvement is actually made, then most of our systems will still require manual, complicated, and expensive intervention to actually pick up those changes, at some later date.

This is problematic and inefficient.

Chris Schwartz

Jonathan, I have to agree with you. One of my goals this year is to apply for OCLC enhance mode for books and serials, so that I can improve records that I'm working on in WorldCat. So, I'm going to gather up some examples of my original cataloging in both formats. Everything you say is true about the current metadata/systems culture that we are working in. Like you've said before we're dealing with a broken system.

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