Weekly Response #4- Katherine K.

There seems to be a running theme with the articles we read this week. There seems to be a mutual fear of technology and how we are not using it in terms of our advantage when it comes to cataloguing. The most and least surprising, at the same time, is Tennent’s article called “the Post-MARC Era” (2013) which is very dramatic about the state of cataloguing. While it is understandable the technology we have many not be perfect, it is much better then how it was when card catalogues were around.

The article that stood out to me the most was “Cataloging Rules for the 20th Century” by Karen Coyle and Diane Hillman. One thing I’ve always thought of when it comes to cataloguing and needing a bibliography, is that my first instinct is to go to Amazon even as a library student. Coyle and Hillman describe this problem in “Cataloguing Rules for the 20th Century”:

“Although libraries still manage materials that are not available elsewhere, the library’s approach to user service and the user interface is not competing successfully against services like Amazon or Google. If libraries are to avoid further marginalization, they need to make a fundamental change in their approach to user services.”

While I do agree not all libraries have enough resources to make their cataloguing as detailed as cataloguers might like, it seems interesting to me our first instinct now is to simply go to Amazon rather then the source of who creates this bibliographic information. We should try to establish ourselves as still a main part of cataloguing, and perhaps encourage teachers and professors to lead students to using library databases for their bibliographies. As Coyle and Hillman say, “A more radical change is required that will contribute to the library of the future, re-imagined and integrated with the chosen workflow of its users.”


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