Friday, March 4, 2011

Sanchez, Elaine R., ed. Conversations with Catalogers in the 21st Century. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2011. 025.3 Conve ISBN 978-1-59884-702-4

Conversations with Catalogers in the 21st Century contains four chapters addressing broad categories of issues that catalogers and metadata librarians are currently facing. Every important topic is covered, such as changing metadata practices, standards, data record structures, data platforms, and user expectations, providing both theoretical and practical information. Guidelines for dealing with present challenges are based on fundamentals from the past. Recommendations on training staff, building new information platforms of digital library resources, documenting new cataloging and metadata competencies, and establishing new workflows enable a real-world game plan for improvement.