As with many of you who attended ALA (if you’re cataloguers) I, too, attended the “Cataloging and Beyond: the Year of Cataloging Research” session.
For those of you following me on Twitter, you might have seen my tweet observing the mass exodus of cataloguers when the last presentation – “Research on the Next Generation Catalog“, presented by Amy Eklund – began.
While I’d like to think half the room had another session to go to (and it was vital to leave this session early to get there), I’m wondering if many of the attendees left because they don’t believe next generation catalogues will impact their work, workflow or the future of cataloguing. Or, maybe they just have no interest in them. What a shame, because we need to study these new catalogues and their impact on cataloguing, as well as their impact on core library services and users/staff.
However, for those of you who are interested, Amy’s slides are now available, and I’d recommend taking a look. They address the shortcomings of research into next generation catalogues and the areas where further examination needs to occur.