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Shawne Miksa

You tell 'em, sister!

Mr. Brin is clearly still operating within the typical college student perception that it's really cool to make to graduation without ever having used the library.

David Bade

Christine: Your comment "seeing what he said about the one piece I do know about makes me doubt everything else he says" is a perfect summary of what I have been saying for many years about shared cataloging. It is one aspect of "authority" that has been largely left out of our discussion of authority control and our practices involving copy cataloging.

Christine Schwartz

Hi Shawne,

As one of my colleague said, "getting books to people is what libraries are all about." It would be nice for Google to get to know libraries a little better before they "replace" us.

Christine Schwartz

Hi David,

While I can't take credit for Matthew Beacom's words, I agree with his sentiment.

Claiming our "authority" when it comes to cataloging/authority control seems to be difficult for some catalogers.

We are way too caught up in the technology tsunami. I say this as someone who's found that I really enjoy working with non-MARC metadata and computer programming. And I do believe that much of what we do in the future will involve the Web. But I also recognize that we're losing something valuable with libraries' rush to embrace technology no-holds-barred. People need to read Clifford Stoll, Neil Postman, and Thomas Mann (the librarian) IMHO.

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