Practical Strategies for Cataloging Departments
Today's cataloguers need to be well-versed in various media and be able to contend with the pace and scope of changing technology. The ways in which library users now search for and approach information are dramatically different from what the majority of the current cataloging population was taught. As a result, many catalogers need guidance in adapting their established practices.
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Cataloging managers will find this book a valuable road map for navigating the metadata needs of the 21st-century library.
Demand for instant access, 24/7. Outsourcing issues. Constantly evolving standards. How can catalogers create a flexible, Web 2.0-compliant, flexible, multi-metalingual cataloging department? A daunting challenge, definitely; but with the right guidance, any cataloger can get up to speed and handle these common and confusing problems.
Each chapter of Practical Strategies for Cataloging Departments is authored or coauthored by a leader in cataloging, metadata practice, or education in these specialties. This book offers practical advice—based on direct experience—for facing the challenges of organizing information today. Topics include training, collaborating across the library, coping with changes in standards, making strategic selections of vendor cataloging products, developing cooperative organizations, and more. The specific techniques that will help catalogers meet the needs of 21st century patrons are emphasized.
- Provides real-life examples, case studies, guidelines, and model practices that demonstrate ways to bring cataloging services into the 21st century
- Presents effective strategies for training catalogers in a complex, multilayered environment
- Offers advice on building the existing skills within your departments
- Demonstrates how to integrate new metadata languages into your library's tools