Cataloguing in the Hybrid Environment

December 19, 2012

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Term was upon me too quickly to find time to blog about the Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference in Sheffield this year, so it’s good to be able to point you to the latest Catalogue & Index, which includes overviews of the event by Katie Flanagan and Steve Carlton, as well as versions of most of the papers.

With Kate Whaite, I spoke about some of the work I’ve been doing, reviewing publications about previous changes in cataloguing standards, and we presented some lessons that current day cataloguers can learn from the experiences of earlier changes. Kate also gave a short paper on her MA LIS and PhD research into cataloguing history. There were also great papers from, amongst others, Katrina Clifford, Helen Williams, Celine Carty, Stuart Hunt, Lucy Bell, Jennie-Claire Perry and the always inspiring Heather Jardine, a version of whose paper is also available on the City of London Bibliographic Services Section blog.

As we find ourselves moving forward into the 21st century hybrid cataloguing environment, it is worth remembering that Cutter himself was unfazed by the co-existence of records created under differing standards. All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well, etc.


Image: slide from Anne Welsh and Katharine Whaite. Our Hybrid History and its Action Points for Today. Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference 2012 (ppt).


  1. […] worry about the hybrid future in which RDA and AACR2 records will co-exist.  It was ever thus, as this piece by Anne Welsh explains.  Anne has unearthed a lovely 1904 quotation from Eric Cutter about card catalogues in […]

  2. […] particularly helpful to read the penultimate paragraph, on the handling of legacy data. As always when considering major changes to cataloguing standards, records created under previous systems […]

  3. […] Again, we can see the hybrid environment in evidence, with “full-level AACR2 records from reliable sources” co-existing alongside RDA records. Cutter would approve. […]

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