So, I have been looking through the Internet trying to relax for a minute and gather my thoughts and strength. I have been stressed for the past couple of days. As a result, I have been communing with the porcelain goddess. As such, I came across this awesome summary of Library Cataloging. From the early 20th century to its future with the incoming RDA, this slide show pretty much covers it all. As I pointed out to my cataloging class a year ago, RDA is really not a new standard. It just expands on the description and search parameters of AACR2. Granted, RDA is more than a modified version of AACR2. But, for practical purpose, we have always had RDA. RDA just allows the OPAC to be more accessible to the user. In a way, catalogers are manipulating the user by making their dreams come true. What do I mean? OPACs are now becoming increasingly refined in terms of subject headings. It feels as if a searcher can use the OPAC to enter a search phrase and come up with the result that he or she is looking for regardless of where they began their search.
It is almost as if catalogers are assimilating users in to one harmonious collective. Yes, I have been watching Star Trek Voyager.
The Borg are cool.
At least the one on the left is cool.
Anyway, below is the cool slide on cataloging that thought those crazy metadata librarians might find cool . It kind of escorts you back into the world of digital immigrants resources from the dimension of the “Digital Born.