as a sometime teacher of music cataloging workshops and of interns
specializing in music librarianship i've followed this discussion
with some interest. more and more i have become concerned about
the quality of our premier database (oclc worldcat--with which
i interact more hours per day than is healthy). in AUTOCAT,
shawne miksa mentioned this publication:
"David Bade has a great occasional paper entitled "The Creation and
Persistence of Misinformation in Shared Library Catalogs: language and
subject knowledge in a technological era" which is not specifically aimed
at LC records, but libraries in general. ISBN 087845120X; ISSN 0276 1769.
This is a Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University
of Illinois at Urbana Champagne publication."
i found this paper to be an elegant formulation and an accurate
description of my experience over the past 33 years cataloging music,
namely the deterioration of the quality of the database (there really is
only one) and the increase in quantity of downright misinformation
presented. unfortunately, i have to conclude (and david bade might go
along) that this situation has become socially acceptable, that library
cataloging has essentially lost its academic/intellectual basis. but a
logical conclusion of this development is that a low level of database
quality and a large quantity of misinformation in databases is simply an
expected fact of life. all of those classes in information organization,
design, and retrieval (the one or two that students might be taking) will
not mitigate what is basically a social phenomenon where technology has
completely dominated content. i believe that david bade might be more
worried about the outcome of this situation than i am (i guess i just
expect the worst).
my apologies for this little intrusion,
p.s. hi sherry!!!
A. Ralph Papakhian, Indiana University Music Library
Bloomington, IN 47405 812/855-2970 [log in to unmask]
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