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Tuesday, January 06, 2009


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Hooray! It's nice to see good cataloging appreciated by everyone-- not just tech service geeks like me.

However, I've got my doubts this will translate to a plethora of catalogers freshly minted from ALA-accredited schools. With libraries feeling the economic crunch, I think cataloging will become more centralized, with technicians picking up the work at local branches and acquisitions librarians stepping in only to edit and standardize records.

Christine Schwartz

Hi Jenny, Yes, what you say seems to be the trend in technical services these days.

Cliff makes a great point about the need for standards-based, high quality metadata. The fact that it comes from a reference librarian, rather than one of us TS geeks means a lot. I'm reminded that one of the most eloquent advocates for cataloging is another reference librarian, Thomas Mann.

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