Anna Murphy, Response #2

Arguments of outdatedness notwithstanding, I particularly admired Tennant’s mention of “checks and balances,” or lack thereof in the case of MARC records. This led me to imagine a judiciary committee set up to decide how to create records for each document. It seems as though, according to Tennant, that the Library of Congress should have set up some advisory committees comprised of experts in the manuals to deliberate and pass a final word on these records. Does such a thing exist? It sounds exhausting, not to mention expensive. I do, however, see the value in a verified, democratically determined record and look forward to hearing how future record systems are able to account for this, as well as incorporate basics such as cover images and tables of contents.


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