Naun & Taylor

 

While reading Naun’s article “Next Generation OPACs,” I began to think about how, ideally, the way people search for information should inform cataloging rules and systems rather than the other way around. It seems that the move to online catalogs has helped this become more apparent. Naun also mentioned that the influx in online catalogs has helped to make sharing resources across different systems more common, which is great in many ways. However, when reading Taylor’s article “The Organization of Information,” I began to think about difficulties that could arise when sharing records across systems. Taylor posited that information should be classified differently depending on who is seeking it out and from where. I found the section on differences in culture particularly interesting.  If not all people “perceive reality” in the same way, how does this affect online catalogs that can be accessed from all over the world?

 

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