John Chapman: December 2009 Archives
As part of its series of programs on technical services, OCLC has assembled a panel focusing on the theme "Dollars and sense: paying for the collaborative national bibliographic framework."
The panel was inspired by sections of the report "On the Record" (http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/lcwg-ontherecord-jan08-final.pdf) produced by the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, which includes the recommendation:
"Increase the efficiency of bibliographic production for all libraries through increased cooperation and increased sharing of bibliographic records, and by maximizing the use of data produced through the entire "supply chain" for information resources."
In addition, this panel was developed to explore issues raised in a subsequent report commissioned by the Library of Congress and produced by R2 Consulting, entitled "Study of the North American MARC Records Marketplace" (http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/MARC_Record_Marketplace_2009-10.pdf). The report explores the economics of current practices for producing and sharing cataloging records in the U.S. and Canada, including existing incentives and barriers to both contribution and availability. The R2 report includes the statement
"Cataloging backlogs continue to grow in many areas and market segments: as outlined in the library survey responses, non‐Roman languages, maps, and DVDs pose particular problems. But to our surprise, many libraries are also losing ground on mainstream materials such as English‐language monographs."
The R2 report also notes that cooperative cataloging systems have yet to reach their full potential; that LC bears a disproportionate share of the costs for producing records in North America; that incentives to stimulate original cataloging are insufficient; and that significant resistance remains to accepting the cataloging of another library.
Hosted by Karen Calhoun, Vice President of OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services, the panel features:
- Alasdair Ball, Head of Collection Acquisition and Description for the British Library. Mr. Ball, whose professional background includes change management, has led a redesign of cataloging workflows at Boston Spa.
- Ruth Fischer, half of the R2 Consulting team that prepared the report (http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/MARC_Record_Marketplace_2009-10.pdf) cited above.
- Brian E. C. Schottlaender, the Audrey Geisel University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego. Among other professional honors he is a winner of the Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding professional achievement in cataloging and classification. Mr. Schottlaender will provide an update on the University of California's "next-generation technical services" initiative.
The session will be held Saturday, January 16, 2010, 8:00-10:00 AM, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 104 A/B.
We hope you will join us. More information on OCLC activities at Midwinter:
This session will be recorded and made available on the OCLC Web site after the conference.