At the Cataloguing & Indexing Group conference in September, Ken Chad put out a plea for participants for a briefing on how the UK HE sector collaborates (or doesn’t) to creat catalogue records.
The briefing, commissioned by the Research Information Network, is out this week. I remember at the conference, some of the die-hard cataloguing community was a bit bemused that RIN had commissioned someone outside the practice area to look at this issue, but, on a first-read at least, the briefing seems to do what it says on the tin: it summarises what is happening in university libraries with regard to creating and sharing catalogue data.
While it may not be saying anything that we cataloguers have not know, oh, forever, it does, I think do a good job of highlighting the issues we face largely in non-technical language and a way that will hopefully be accessible to non-cataloguers (including senior managers), which has to be (a) a generally good thing and (b) a vindication of RIN’s commissioning strategy.
Now all we cataloguers have to do is go through it carefully with our Gimlet eyes and fine tooth combs and then take up the debate …