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Wednesday, October 29, 2008


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I'm really impressed with this. I find it answers a lot of the questions I've had with RDA, and more importantly, the questions I've had about continuing with MARC. I find it rather sad that there has been no discussion of Diane Hillmann's presentation on the cataloging lists I'm on. Seems like too many catalogers WILL have to be dragged kicking and screaming.

The Improbable Don Quijote

You are going to have to change the name of your blog--a plural future is no longer permissable.

Christine Schwartz

One of my colleagues named the blog. I see "futures" as a bet that there will be a cataloging future: a multi-faceted future and one that hopefully brings along the best of traditional cataloging and bibliographic control.

Maybe I'm being too hopeful though.


It only takes a moment to post Hillman's presentation on the various lists and to start a discussion based on it, so go for it.


I believe it's been posted to the lists I'm referring to. I will be trying to start up some discussion soon if nothing else comes up - but that there hasn't been any so far is disappointing.

It seems that catalogers are more interested in defending MARC and attacking RDA than actually looking at ways to make RDA work.

(Of course, maybe they're still digesting it, as I am)


Would you mind saying on which lists the presentation has been posted? Maybe I don't belong to some of them because I have not seen it yet.


I thought it had been posted, but now I can't find it on either list I had thought I'd seen it on.

Christine Schwartz

I haven't seen Diane Hillmann's presentation posted on any discussion list either. I originally found it on The FRBR Blog.

Irvin Flack

Thanks for the link! Some interesting quotes/advice:

'Well supported rumors indicate that LC is considering discontinuing update of MARC21 sometime in 2010'

'Migrate from Autocat (please!) to some of the lists discussing newer ideas:
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