Catalogue 2.0: The Future of the Library Catalogue

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9781555709433: Catalogue 2.0: The Future of the Library Catalogue

New digital technologies, the Internet, and user expectations have changed the role of the catalogue in libraries considerably in recent years. This timely book takes into account developments that influence catalogue potential and patrons needs, such as competition from popular Web sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia. Here, key leaders in the field like Karen Calhoun, past OCLC Vice-President, and Marshall Breeding, author of Cloud Computing for Libraries, explore concepts like:

  • What do your users want? Designing the catalogue for the end user
  • Making search work for the library user search
  • Beyond the catalogue: expanding the scope of search
  • From catalogue to digital library: rethinking metadata management in the web age
  • The mobile library catalogue
Librarians and information professionals will find practical guidance on customizing their catalogues to keep them up to date with the latest trends in technology in this authoritative manual.

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Sally Chambers is Technical and Metadata Manager at the European Library in The Hague.

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"Catalogue 2.0 certainly has its value as a snapshot of where the library catalogue is today and an exploration of where it may be headed. While sections of the book are particularly relevant to technical services and systems librarians, it is certainly worth a read for anyone interested in both a summary of recent developments in and forecast for the library catalog. It could also serve as a reading for a course on library systems, and some of the individual chapters may be appropriate for other library courses as well." -- Library Resources and Technical Services "Chambers has succeeded in editing an evocative and convincing work. Those seeking an authoritative description of this historical moment, of what Calhoun call this "era of discontinuous change", will be well served by this collection." -- Technicalities "Catalogue 2.0 is valuable reading for anyone involved in providing a version of the library catalogue to users, which is most of us." -- Australian Library Journal "What is the state of the library catalogue now, and what might it become in the future? Authors of this excellent book answer those questions through theoretical discussions and practical examples of what have been done by libraries. Written by an international team of library and information professionals, Catalogue 2.0 does not disappoint." -- Collection Management "This book presents complex theoretical concepts well. It provides practical examples and case studies too. In my opinion it shows the Library Catalogue is alive and well - but is also evolving as the technological landscape and the needs and wishes of users evolve. I think it is essential reading and the broad range of topics covered give a good overview of the future of the catalogue." --Managing Information

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