Cataloging in the Digital Order by D. Levy

 When I think of cataloging, I imagine someone meticulously inputting the properties (author, title, publisher, etc.) of an item into the library’s catalog so that it can be retrieved by users.  This article posits some thoughtful questions about the future of cataloging, given technology advances where even the basic properties of documents that are typically used for cataloging are unclear, and how modern developments may change cataloging as we know it.  For example, are lists of digital resources on a webpage that the creator wants to make available to others a “catalog?”  Will automated cataloging systems eliminate the need for human cataloging?  I thought the author’s recognition of Carla Hesse’s thoughts was notable —  she believes that federal legislation and regulations are what could influence how cataloging changes, rather than cataloging as a response to a natural flow of change and new information.  I also thought the author made a great point when he noted that the answers to the future of cataloging will probably come from several fields of study/work, like a diverse think-tank with varying points of view and ideas, that may come up with solutions together.  


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