People really seem to hate library catalogs these days, by Hannah

Am I being reactionary to suspect that designing an all-encompassing set of cataloging conventions and putting it into practice across every kind of information repository could easily present prohibitive challenges that Coyle and Hillmann’s insistence on “forward thinking” fails to recognize? I’m not necessarily contesting their argument, but I’m struck by potential inconveniences that some of the visions they describe leave room for and that are currently mitigated, at least, by users’ current understanding of how to find comparable access points in a variety of kinds of resource. In particular, I wonder if, given that the stored resources were to constitute a “precursor” to “scholarly enterprise” rather than the “product” of it, leaving the details of RDA up to individual “specialized communities of practice” would discourage users from seeking resources for the same purpose in different kinds of institution. Then again, since I don’t know enough about cataloging practice to envision how far changes brought about by RDA might reach, I also have to admit the possibility that those changes might not make significant new demands on users.


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