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The Next Catalog: Drivers Wanted

From another list, and from Eric Lease Morgan, someone I greatly respect. Whether you join the list and share in the discussion, or whether you follow the list through its web archives (see below), you are participating. Join in!


A mailing list has been created called NGC4Lib — Next Generation Catalogs for Libraries. See:

NGC4Lib is open to anybody in the world, and its purpose is to discuss things including but not limited to:

* Who are the primary intended audiences for a library’s
“card catalog”?

* Considering the changing nature of information access in an
Internet environment, how is an electronic “card catalog” of
today different from the one designed ten or fifteen years ago?

* What kind of content should these “card catalogs” contain?

* To what degree are these things “catalogs” (as in inventory
lists), and to what degree are they finding aids?

* To what degree should traditional cataloging practices be
used in such a thing, or to what degree should new and upcoming
practices such as FRBR be exploited?

* How would such a thing get created and by whom?

* What are some of the functionalities of “next generation”

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Eric “I Hope Something Doesn’t Go Wrong” Morgan
Head, Digital Access and Information Architecture Department
University Libraries of Notre Dame

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