Karen Coyle gave a very interesting keynote this morning that she called “There’s no catalog like no catalog.” She showed the familiar statistic that shows students don’t start library research at the library. Maybe that’s OK, maybe it isn’t, she said. Our information is useful, but we need to put it out on the web where users are. Our catalogs are rich with information if we know how to pull out that information and interpret it. She showed WorldCat Identities, which I hadn’t seen before, and is a really good example of how strong our catalog is when information is combined and viewed together.
A point Coyle made that I really liked (and I hope my paraphrasing is accurate) was that it’s no longer about having the most perfect catalog record, but that our catalog record connects out to other resources and enhances their information.
What I ended up attending, Wednesday edition:
- Analysis of Seven Metadata Creation Guidelines
- Transforming Technical Services
- E-Resources Management – So Many Silos to Synchronize? Still!
- Transforming into Effective E-Resource Management
- Discovery Services and ERM Systems Together
- Serials Solutions 360 (no abstract; see vendor site)
Participants received a flash drive loaded with the conference proceedings, but not all presentations were included. I imagine that may have been due to time constraints and that the missing presentations will later be included on the conference website.
Chandra, Pamela, and me