Recently on the This Week in Tech podcast (twit.tv), I heard an interesting comparison of a difference between Apple and Google. In reference to the Apple App Store, one of the commentators said that Apple’s model was to have the equivalent of a giant room full of employees doing nothing but manually approving each [...]
With the end of the semester upon us, I’m reposting some material from my class discussion boards before they vanish into the ether.
DC is built not just to fit current technology but also the current technological climate of openness and collaboration. DC reminds me of Drupal, an open source CMS. DC’s [...]
The Changing Nature of the Catalog – A Response to Calhoun, Mann, and Yee (PDF)
The central premise of Calhoun’s report is that technology has “created an era of discontinuous change in research libraries—a time when the cumulated assets of the past do not guarantee future success” (2006, p. 5). Calhoun’s perspective is that this notion applies directly to traditional library cataloging. Yee argues that traditional cataloging is fundamental to the value of libraries (2007). Mann makes the case that research libraries’ primary mission is to serve the specific needs of serious scholarship (2006). Each is right in their own way. Mann and Yee, though, fail to recognize the changes that the coming of the Information Age has wrought on the world outside libraries. Far too much valuable information is outside the reach of traditional catalogs. Libraries must embrace technology to extend the grasp of catalogs beyond local holdings.
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I found this wonderful quote in the midst of writing the below entry. I think it’s wonderfully apropos to the discussion.
Those who assume hypotheses as first principles of their speculations … may indeed form an ingenious romance, but a romance it will still be. –Roger Cotes, Preface to Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica, Second Ed., 1713 (though I found the quote in Neal Stephenson’s Quicksilver)
Calhoun, K. (2006). The Changing Nature of the Catalog and its Integration with Other Discovery Tools. Prepared for the Library of Congress.
[Technology has] created an era of discontinuous change in research libraries—a time when the cumulated assets of the past do not guarantee future success. … The catalog is in decline, its processes and structures are unsustainable, and change needs to be swift. … Notwithstanding widespread expansion of digitization projects, ubiquitous e-journals, and a market that seems poised to move to e-books, the role of catalog records in discovery and retrieval of the world’s library collections seems likely to continue for at least a couple of decades and probably longer (p.5).
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