Building on excellence to improve the future: The expanding role of catalogers in the digital age -Angela Dresselhaus Fast Track Serials Cataloger Indiana University, Bloomington
And four things you won’t see on my resume… Indiana University Master of Library Science (Expected in 28 days) Fast Track Serials Cataloger Oct. 2006 - Current University of Louisville Bachelor of Arts, Music Student Assistant, Aug. 2001 - Mar. 2005 Library Assistant, Mar. 2005 - Oct. 2006
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The enormity of the web and the vastness of online resources necessitates a change in the role of catalogers. But how big is the web?
Google in 1998 indexed 26 million pages 1 billion pages in 2000 1 trillion + pages: Now!
“ So how many unique pages does the web really contain? We don't know; we don't have time to look at them all! :-)” - We knew the web was big... 7/25/2008 10:12:00 AM From If Google doesn’t have time to index everything on the web, what are catalogers to do?
Knowledge bases are an essential component for providing comprehensive access to electronic materials.
Partnering with vendors is an excellent way to leverage outside expertise to further institutional goals.
Electronic resources are expensive and we as library staff have an obligation to effectively manage subscriptions to avoid situations where we pay for resources but fail to provide a discovery mechanism.
Provides consistent and fluid linking to our resources
In the electronic environment catalogers are responsible for bibliographic and final access to information.
The role of the library staff involves responding to access issues and resolving problems.
Excellent management of Open URL protocols will aid in keeping patrons within library discovery tools.
What will happen without functioning Open URL? The next slide is from Peter McCracken’s ACRL presentation, “ KBART: Improving Access to Electronic Resources; plus, Finding the Hidden Side of Seattle”
Be comfortable with the technologies and tools of all generations of library patrons,
Advocate for improvements to the products provided by vendors,
Prioritize information needs and continue to catalog high intellectual value resources,
Embrace the idea that catalog librarians have increased responsibilities in the access of online materials,
Increase awareness and take action to help ensure perpetual access to online materials.
Catalogers have an excellent history of adapting and seeking ways to better serve patrons. As we move forward, we should build on this sturdy foundation, explore the new areas, and strive to meet and exceed the expectations of our patrons. Thank You!