Charlene Chou (Columbia University Libraries) delivered this presentation at the ALA mid-winter conference last week. It’s a thought provoking piece called: Expanding Cataloger’s Role in the Era of Global Digital Libraries. She explores these emerging roles for cataloguers:
- Indexing journal articles
- Cataloging digital resources for special collections; Google Books
- Creating collection-level records for Archival materials
- Supporting databases related to institutional repository
She also looks at how the cataloguing community might support the semantic web.
Charlene ends with this quote from Roy Tennant:
“…the modern cataloger will one day be a software-enabled specialist who can gather, subset, normalize, and enrich piles of records for a specific audience or purpose.”
Definitely recommended reading with many references to explore the ideas further.