Cataloging in the Digital Order

I think Cataloging in the Digital Order by David Levy provides a great overview of cataloging.  It explores both the history of cataloging and contemplates the future of order-making in the digital era.  I think it’s interesting to look at the current accumulation of digital materials, which need organizing and maintaining, as parallel to the accumulation of scribal materials in the ancient world, or print materials in the Middle Ages.  Levy highlights catalogers as having been the developers and maintainers of “the order of the book” – responsible for creating, stabalizing, and maintaining the properties of items.  It’s interesting then to look at what “catalogers” will become.  With cataloging standards now evolving and adapting to encompass the digital world,  perhaps catalogers will be as relevant as ever?


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