>> Patricia Williams <[log in to unmask]> wrote in part:
> ... I also catalog using the core standard for most titles,
> and I believe that the core standard serves users well. ...it can increase cataloging productivity, ...
> and it makes best use of cataloger's
> judgment, which is the only way to get catalogers to think realistically
> about what they are doing and why.
I think one person's realistically is not always the same as another person's realistically. I think I'm very realistic in thinking that an under-developed catalog record is something that, in the long run, is ineffective and inefficient and doesn't support the mission of the organization where I work. We spend a great deal on materials. Making them find-able to our patrons (now and in the future) is the most reality-based part of my duties.
So, I respect the opinions of those who support the core standard, but I disagree on a claim to realistic practices.
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Central Washington University Brooks Library
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