Read Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog in EDUCAUSE Review Online

 

This article discusses the position of the catalog and uses it to illustrate more general discovery and workflow directions for libraries. There is a renaissance of interest in the catalog and catalog data. Yet it comes at a time when the catalog itself is being reconfigured in ways which may result in its disappearance as an individually identifiable component of library service. The catalog is being subsumed within larger library discovery environments and catalog data is flowing into other systems and services. This article should be of interest to those who manage or make decisions about discovery services in libraries, or who are interested in how general Internet trends are affecting library services.

Dempsey is OCLC Vice President and Chief Strategist. A librarian who has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, England and the US, he oversees the research division and participates in planning at OCLC. He writes and speaks extensively, and can be followed on the web at Lorcan Dempsey's weblog and on twitter.

This article is a slightly amended version of a contribution of the same name to Sally Chambers, ed., Catalogue 2.0: The Ultimate User Experience (London: Facet Publishing, 2013).

Topics discussed

  • Preamble—The Catalog as an Identifiable Service
  • Environmental: The Library in the Network
    • Moving to the Network Level: Web Scale
    • Not a Single Destination: Multiple Presences on the Web
    • Community is the New Content: Social and Analytics
    • The Simple Single Search Box and the Rich Texture of Suggestion
  • Institutional: The Library
    • An Integrated Experience
    • Four Sources of Metadata about Things
    • In the Flow
    • Outside-In and Inside-Out: Discovery and Discoverability
  • Organizational: Working across Libraries
    • The Emergence of the Discovery Layer: From Full Collection Discovery to Full Library Discovery
    • The Collective Collection: Network-level Access
    • The Collective Collection: Manging Down Print
    • Moving Knowledge Organization to the Network Level (and Linked Data)
    • Sourcing and Scaling
  • Coda—Libraries and Discovery: Futures?

Related Links

Dempsey, Lorcan. 2012. "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention." EDUCAUSE Review Online, (Monday, December 10). http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/thirteen-ways-looking-libraries-discovery-and-catalog-scale-workflow-attention. This article is a slightly amended version of a contribution of the same name to Sally Chambers, ed., Catalogue 2.0: The Ultimate User Experience (London: Facet Publishing, 2013).

Lorcan Dempsey
http://www.oclc.org/research/people/dempsey.html

Sally Chambers, ed., Catalogue 2.0: The Ultimate User Experience (London: Facet Publishing, 2013).
http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/Catalogue_20/9781856047166

For more information

Lorcan Dempsey
Vice President and Chief Strategist
OCLC
dempseyl@oclc.org
+1-614-761-5335

Robert C. Bolander
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research
bolander@oclc.org
+1-614-761-5207

 

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention

Lorcan Dempsey

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