Some notes from her talk this morning:
Rethink the catalog in light of a changed world: the current model is broken.
- Users not getting what they want
- Content has changed, users have changed
- Library service model must change
- Catalog must change, and cataloging must change
How do we save users' time in this new arena, when the service model is not longer library-centric?
Shift in user preferences for Web-based info & multimedia formats
Popularity of digital resources as primary sources (e.g. Valley of the Shadow, http://valley.vcdh.virginia.edu/)
Social networks can fulfill information needs (e.g. LinkedIn, http://www.linkedin.com/)
"Catalogers have been through hell in the past ten years."
A new kind of cataloger:
- examines assumptions
- involved w/ all types of info objects
- moves to next gen systems & services
- make info more visible and easier to use
- metadata and beyond
Example: http://vivo.library.cornell.edu - both a resource portal (through a curated index) and social networking site for life sciences at Cornell
(Blogger's note: this looks like a great resource!)
Opportunities for cataloging and catalogers:
- More digitization --> more full-text search --> more metadata. Metadata recycling & reuse will be crucial.
- Digitization projects are an opportunity for catalogers
- Archives and special collections are on the rise; there's likely to be "a ton of work" for interested catalogers
Increasing visibility of collections and services
- We need to be where our users' eyes are; their eyes aren't on library webpages
- Offsite storage as a challenge to browsing
- Robust, interconnected discovery & content delivery systems
Metadata is a strategic issue, yet 'library-type' metadata will need to be reexamined
Blurring of lines between public services & technical services
For more on this topic, check out the forthcoming piece in Library Hi Tech - Being a Librarian: Metadata and Metadata Specialists in the Twenty-first Century: http://dspace.library.cornell.edu/handle/1813/2231
Karen's report to the LOC: www.loc.gov/catdir/calhoun-report-final.pdf