Emphasizing the advantages of working together and exploring the future of library services in an online, socially connected world, this exciting book shows how all public library professionals can take advantage of our strongest community and information tool—the library catalogue.
Professionals and library organizations such as Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) suggest that the most important factor for end-users seeking information is receiving that data conveniently—how they want it, when they want it. But users also want discovery-related information beyond the standard summaries, excerpts, and tables of contents. Can library catalogues meet these heightened demands?
This book is a guide to the library catalogue that all public library professionals will find enlightening and useful. Its technical services perspective provides a different point of view as compared to traditional public library literature, which is often written by frontline professionals. For example, it poses and examines this thought-provoking question: should library catalogues be considered the primary gateway to the library's information, rather than the library website?
Author and collection access librarian Laurel Tarulli examines next-generation or "social" catalogues, discussing the theories and concepts behind them, their impact on core library services, and their potential in shaping future libraries and library services. Geared toward frontline and backroom staff, this book helps readers understand next-generation catalogues and see the collaborative opportunities that are possible between the frontline and backroom. Written to be much more than a "one-time" read, this resource book provides practical ideas for beneficial collaboration and implementation of social features in library catalogues.
• An index of key concepts and terms
• A foreword written by Barbara Tillett, chief of the Policy and Standards Division at the Library of Congress
• Presents the library catalogue as a community space that can provide remote users and patrons with the same level of service they receive within the library walls
• Explores the many ways frontline staff and cataloguing staff can collaborate to enhance core library services and increase access to collections
• Contains essays from three highly respected, practicing professionals explaining their views on next generation library catalogues
• Examines the impact of mobile technology and its impact on library access and use
• Suggests ideas for implementing a social feel into existing classic catalogues