“MARC Must Die”

While other pieces, such as the Chowdhury chapter and the Library of Congress article about MARC, outline and explain MARC, Tennant’s, “MARC Must Die,” critiques it. Now, while I don’t necessarily think, “MARC must die,” Tennant raises some important points. Tennant begins by positing that MARC has “outlived its usefulness,” which he further explains by discussing five specific problems. Tennant writes, “If libraries cling to outdated standards, they will find it increasingly difficult to serve their clients as they expect and deserve.” This idea really resonated with me. I feel that it even extends beyond cataloging standards. In today’s society in which technology is so pervasive, libraries need to make themselves relevant; they need to be seen as pertinent to their communities.


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