In the October 2006 issue of American Libraries, the ALA President’s Message was about “Transforming Cataloging.” Here’s a paragraph from the article that provides a nice overview of the what was said in the rest of the article.
It’s time to change cataloging practices. I agree with LC‘s leadership that we must change the way we provide access to the material in our collections. New technology offers unprecedented opportunities to increase accessibility to materials that might otherwise be lost to researchers. While I support LC‘s efforts to take leadership in enriching the ways we provide access to out collections, it must remember that transformation doesn’t happen by pronouncement. We success at changing our institutions and practices when people work together to create a shared vision describing what that change needs to be.
– Burger, L. (2006). President’s Message: Transforming Cataloging. American Libraries, 37, 3.
I thought SMART members might be interested in the current view of Leslie Burger on cataloging, as well as the possible directions the ALA and its divisions may take regarding the future of cataloging.