Any changes we have seen in cataloging since 1905 pales in comparison to what is about to occur.  It will occur with or without coordination, collaboration, or any individual players having their say.  We can work together to coordinate and enable this change or we can choose to be either among those who foist change upon each other or those who dig in for the long haul. 


Right now, there seems to be more thrust and parry than coordination and collaboration.  Those who are pushing the changes have legitimate frustrations and those who resist legitimate worries.  Neither wholly understands the other. 


So, who are the players?  I list a few here, you may think of others I’ve left out.  Please contribute!


Okay, we start in no particular order with:

·        The publisher of the cataloging code, ALA Publishing, who “owns” AACR2 and RDA

·        The Library of Congress, who Herbert Putnum in 1905 put in the business of supplying cataloging to the rest of us on the cheap and has money problems like the rest of us, too

·        Those in libraries big and small who deal with cataloging

·        ILS vendors

·        The “greater metadata community” whoever the heck they are

·        Publishers and library materials vendors

·        Etc.


I have to go back to the blind men/elephant metaphor here.  The only way I’ve been able to find some clarity in all this is by trying to piece together what each is seeing and then trying to see where the misunderstanding lies.  This is why a blog seems a logical way to attack this.  Blogs are “made for” piecemeal, sequential cogitation.  So, the next post picks one player to start with and I guess we’ll go on from there.


Thank you in advance for any comments you make!  If we all put our heads together …