The quest to evolve bibliographic control to an equal or greater standing within the current information environment is on-going. As information organizers we are working in a time where information and communication technology (ICT) has pushed our status quo to its limits and where innovation often needs the pressure of do or die in order to get started. The year 2010 was designated as the Year of Cataloging Research and we made progress on studying the challenges facing metadata and information organization practices. However, one year of research is merely a drop in the bucket, especially given the results of the Resource and Description and Access (RDA) National Test and the Library of Congress’ decision to investigate the possibility of transitioning the MARC21 format. This book addresses how information professionals can create a functional environment in which we move beyond just representing information resources and into an environment that both represents and connects at a deeper level. Most importantly, it offers insight on transitioning into new communities of practice and awareness by reassessing our purpose, re-charting our efforts, reasserting our expertise in the areas that information organizer have traditionally claimed but are losing due to stagnation and lack of vision.
This book was published as a double special issue of the Journal of Library Metadata.
1. Introduction 2. Authority Control for Scientific Data: The Case of Molecular Biology 3. The Intersection of Standards and Professional Knowledge, Skills, and Service: One Road to Ensuring a Functional Future of Bibliographic Control for Serials Acquisition, Management, and Access 4. Could the Functional Future of Bibliographic Control Change Cataloging Work? An Exploration Using Abbott5. The Ship Has Sailed and We Aren’t On It: How Catalogers Could Support User Tasks and Why We Won’t 6. Subject Access: Conceptual Models, Functional Requirements, and Empirical Data 7. Reconsidering Universal Bibliographic Control in Light of the Semantic Web 8. Serials, FRBR, and Library Linked Data: A Way Forward 9. Effective Learning and Teaching of RDA: Applying Adult Learning Theory 10. Charting a Course With NOMAP: Integrating Metadata Workflows Into a Traditional Cataloging Unit 11. Preliminary Training for RDA: A Survey of Cataloging Department Heads 12. “Mind the [Trans-Atlantic] Gap, Please”: Awareness and Training Needs of UK Catalogers 13. Inadvertent RDA: New Catalogers’ Errors in AACR2 14. What Language Death and Language Planning Tell Us About MARC and RDA 15. The Possibility of the Infinite Library: Exploring the Conceptual Boundaries of Works and Texts of Bibliographic Description