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Collaborative Cataloging

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Lecture presented at PAARL's National Seminar-workshop on the theme "Towards Innovating Technical Services: Viewpoints for Advanced Resources Management" (Manila, The National Library of the Philippines Auditorium, 26-27 August 2009) by Willian San Andres Frias

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Collaborative Cataloging

  1. 1. Collaborative Cataloging <ul><ul><li>joint action of a group makes bibliographic records accessible to group members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>implies working together for common purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working for the goals of each member library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>realization of those goals are attained through the combined efforts of the participants </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Collaborative Cataloging <ul><li>Online cataloging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Acceptance of MARC format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ANSI Z39.2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OCLC </li></ul><ul><li>RLIN </li></ul><ul><li>WLN </li></ul><ul><li>UTLAS </li></ul>
  3. 3. Collaborative Cataloging <ul><li>Europe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>REBUS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BIBOS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LIBIS-Net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sirbil </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Latin America </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects Bibliodata </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Collaborative Cataloging <ul><li>Consortium Union Catalogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ateneo Libraries Union Catalogs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Area or Region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PULSE or Philippine University Library Search Engine </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private or government projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Philippine e-lib project </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Subject </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Link </li></ul></ul>
  5. 9. Why Collaborative Cataloging? <ul><li>Cost-effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of a ready model </li></ul><ul><li>Ready infrastructure </li></ul>
  6. 10. What’s New? <ul><li>Social Cataloging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>makes use of a web site to help people catalog their own books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>connects people with the same books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>comes up with suggestions for what to read next </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>primary feature is the automatic cataloging of books by importing data from booksellers and libraries through Z39.50 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 11. Characteristics of Social Catalogs <ul><li>2.0 environment, has the social functionalities that allows users to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>be interactive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>be notified </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Run software applications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provides links to related topics </li></ul><ul><li>Users can own and control data </li></ul>
  8. 12. Social Cataloging <ul><li>LibraryThing </li></ul><ul><li> http://www.librarything.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A prominent cataloging site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connects people based on books they share </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>information from 80 libraries are available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WorldCat </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.worldcat.org/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>searches many libraries at once for an item and then locate it in a library nearby </li></ul></ul>
  9. 13. Social Cataloging <ul><li>Biblios.net </li></ul><ul><li>https://biblios.net/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows access database available online that supports Z39.50 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possesses the social cataloging features like real-time embedded chat, built-in forums, email integration </li></ul></ul>
  10. 14. Social Cataloging <ul><li>Livingsocial </li></ul><ul><li>http://livingsocial.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>social discovery and cataloging network that allows people to review and share their favorite movies, books, games and music </li></ul></ul>
  11. 23. Advantages of Social Cataloging <ul><li>Users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsive to user’s needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalog whenever, wherever </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freebies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher retrieval rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased love for reading </li></ul></ul>
  12. 24. Advantages of Social Cataloging <ul><li>Libraries/Librarians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heightened creativity and ingenuity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discovery of actual user behavior needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wider scope of service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faster cataloging/higher output </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiplication of resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher regards for libraries/librarians </li></ul></ul>
  13. 25. Disadvantages of Social Cataloging <ul><li>Lack of vocabulary control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>adhoc coined words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retrieval role of terms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conveyance of right information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spelling problems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Non-inclusion of relationships of terms </li></ul><ul><li>Bias in assigning tags </li></ul><ul><li>Diminishing precision in organization </li></ul>
  14. 26. Rising Concerns: <ul><li>Will the cataloging functions of the libraries vanish? </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen to catalogers? </li></ul>
  15. 27. Answers: <ul><li>The cataloging functions of the Library will never vanish; it will only be changed to keep track with the current trends happening globally. </li></ul><ul><li>Catalogers will have to be guardians of the social catalogs as far as organization is concerned; they have to be extra vigilant in maintaining the quality, consistency and organization of today’s catalogs. </li></ul>
  16. 28. “ Organizing the universe of knowledge into some systematic order has been considered the most fundamental activity of the human mind. “ - &quot;Cataloguing and Classification: An Introduction&quot; Lois Mai Chan
  17. 29. Have a nice day

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