“Cataloging in the Digital Order”

David Levy’s piece, “Cataloging in the Digital Order,” was very interesting and thought provoking. More specifically, when Levy is discussing “cataloging as order making,” he points out that there is a sense of “invisibility” and, therefore, cataloging is sometimes denigrated as a skill. However, he argues that the “invisibility of the system” is a sign of successful functioning, which only occurs because of the catalogers. One point that really stuck out to me was when he wrote, “…bibliographic descriptions are idealizations of, or approximations to, the materials they describe.” This statement is so true! When I read this, it brought me back to the countless times that I couldn’t find the proper information for my bibliography. This really speaks to Levy’s point that cataloging is a highly interpretive activity.


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