Weekly Response 1 – Eugene Rutigliano

I found David M. Levy’s “Cataloging in the Digital Order” to be a cogent introduction to cataloging and its adaptation to digital resources as they existed in 1995.  I was surprised by the concept of the Internet that he puts forth in his discussion of the “digital order.”  Levy emphasizes a notion of the Internet as a utility, “part of a technological infrastructure” that can support a material library and the cataloging that must occur therein.  He goes on to say that by itself, “the Net does not constitute a library in any interesting sense.”  Perhaps it’s a relic from the early years of the Internet’s expansion into the public sphere, but I think this characterization is short-sighted.  Nearly two decades since this piece was written, I think that the Internet has taken on the dimension of an environment in and of itself.  If we apply the author’s thinking about the elements of the order of books to the “digital order,” a history of what resources early adopters of the internet made available to each other would provide insight into how certain interfaces were codified and how they shaped the subsequent exchange of information.  

 

 

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