Weekly Response #1- Cataloguing by Katherine K.

I found the article “Cataloguing in the Digital Order” by Daniel Levy to be the most accurate in terms of how cataloguing is perceived. I am currently doing some cataloguing at my TV Digitization internship at CUNY, and the article pretty mirrored what I experienced cataloguing. As important as cataloguing is, it is tedious, very attention to detail oriented and even a hyphen can mess it up when digitizing it. The quote Levy makes in this article by Will Manley’s article entitled Cataloguers, we hardly know ye is very accurate:

But to many of us in the [library] profession, catalogers remain an unfathomable mystery. Unable to understand the fires of dedication that burn brightly within them, we often poke fun at their internecine controversies. To those of us who are on the firing line of big issues like intellectual freedom and library funding, the wars waged by catalogers over the future of the main entry or the role of the hyphen often appear to be peevish squabbles fought by socially dysfunctional nitpickers. Where did catalogers come from we often wonder. Theories, of course, abound. Some speculate that they are aliens from a faraway galaxy who have come to earth to tidy things up a bit. Others believe that catalogers may be the descendants of the lost tribe of Israel. After all, they point out, there is a very close similarity between the book of Deuteronomy and AACR2.

While the hyphen issue seems trivial, in terms of cataloguing it is still important since if the original file has a hyphen, so much the catalogued file, the digitized file, the reference file, and so on. This one tiny little detail, in fact, effects the ability for others to find the files, etc.

The “Cataloguing” article by Taylor and Joudrey, they introduce more questions then answers about the future of cataloguing. I like how they showed the history of cataloguing, its functions, and how libraries still use it today. While it was a useful article, they seem to wonder how others can implement cataloguing and I think more companies other then libraries do so without knowing its a catalogue. Many systems now offer it and most do it without knowing its similar to a library catalogue in terms of what it offers. This seems to be an unnecessary worry since it will always be implemented. 


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