Resource description and new media : challenges and opportunities. Authors: Eoin McCarney, Hugh Murphy
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Presentation delivered to The Irish Universities Information Services Colloquium (IUISC), 4th-6th March 2009, Galway, Ireland. 2009-03-05.

Presentation delivered to The Irish Universities Information Services Colloquium (IUISC), 4th-6th March 2009, Galway, Ireland. 2009-03-05.

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  • What are we identifying as a project? Is it two projects or are we viewing the whole thing as one overarching ‘new media’ project.?
  • Not sure how relevant all this is, but it would be great if we could get some examples of situations where cataloguing has changed to accommodate new media in the past
  • A good place to mention the QA issue?
  • Minor amendments here – usage – should we mention the PERL solution here or later?
  • I need to check again to ensure no standards have reared their head in the interim.

Resource description and new media : challenges and opportunities. Authors: Eoin McCarney, Hugh Murphy Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Resource Description and New Media: Challenges and Opportunities Eoin McCarney & Hugh Murphy UCD Library UCD Library Leabharlann UCD
  • 2. Overview• Outline of Project• What & Why?• Decisions• Issues & Outcomes• Future plans
  • 3. The Project Goals• Catalogue our entire collection of E-Books• Catalogue a series of UCD podcasts
  • 4. Why describe new media?• User demand• Raise awareness• To see how it can best be done• Get best value from resources
  • 5. What should a Library cataloguecontain?• Print, Electronic, Both?• Standards• Format Agnostic?• What we own or what users want to access?
  • 6. Who can say which new media willtake off?
  • 7. It’s easy to get carried away.. “By the turn of the century, paper will satisfy less than 5 percent of the total commerce in information. Although education and entertainment have their own migratory paths and rates, the objective will be the same: paper is going to be replaced with electronic media”(Kounta, J. (1992). Tomorrow’s libraries: More than a modular telephone jack, less than a complete revolution - Perspectives of a provocateur. Library Hi-Tech, 10(4), 39-50. 1992, p. 39)
  • 8. …or have we reached the tippingpoint?
  • 9. JISC National E-books Observatory Project: Findings from the First User Survey, CIBER, 2008.
  • 10. Apple iPhoneAmazon Kindle Sony E-Book Reader
  • 11. The ins and outs
  • 12. E-Books Good Not so Good• Available to user, • Reading from print is still anytime, anywhere the preferred choice for• Much greater most. functionality – cross • Multiple packages = referencing, links to divergent collections, other sources, advanced licenses, search searching. techniques, business models.• Huge benefits in storage and maintenance • A large challenge for resource description, especially in light of changing options
  • 13. E-Books - Early Decisions:• Give E-Books a separate catalogue record• Authority control not viable• Bulk editing and broad QA of records required
  • 14. Issues• Sheer Volume – justifying the time• Standards• Moveable feast• Authentication• Assessing usage
  • 15. Outcomes:• Increased usage• Reinforces new media• Endorses the catalogue and retains its relevance• Reduced authority control• Maintenance issues (Books 24/7)
  • 16. Podcastsa “radio-style” program, usually in the MP3 digital format, disseminated over the Internet, that includes a system for subscribing to it on a World Wide Web page in such a manner that future programs are automatically downloaded. Subscribers typically transfer downloaded files to their portable media players, such as Apple Inc.’s iPod and the Microsoft Corporation’s Zune, for later playback. The name podcast derives from a combination of iPod and broadcast. Britannica
  • 17. Podcasts – Issues• The lawless, wild west of cataloguing – little or no standards• Proliferation of podcasts – what merits inclusion in catalogue?• Potential to be seen as a diminution of the catalogue (“Podcasts? Really?!”)• Assessing usage
  • 18. Outcomes:• Increased usage?• Reinforces new media• Enhances relevance of library and catalogue• Maintenance issues (dynamic medium)
  • 19. Overall Conclusions• Some precedents for e-books, none for podcasts• New paradigm and technology for new media.• Massive consequences, both for collection development and resource description – where does it stop• People still use the catalogue (which is good) so (as ever) the catalogue has to represent what we have (which is complicated)• Going forward, other solutions may prove to be more appropriate
  • 20. The Future?• Single Search interface across all media• Primo, Encore, Vufind etc• Is resource description cost effective?
  • 21. Questions?