Perhaps your library is completely electronic, but for many of us (particularly in the public library setting) e-access is only a small [but growing] portion of the formats we must supply, support, inventory, provide reference for, etc. Our customers have to determine that their next book or eBook or eAudiobook is available from OUR collection. It doesn't particularly help to know that it exists in the collections of one of the many other surrounding cities for which they would have to pay a hefty non-resident fee. The vendors are also very concerned about 'who owns what'--otherwise their revenue would dry up. The local library catalogs are more important than ever these days both in maintaining fiduciary control as well as for customer discovery purposes! Perhaps something like bibframe will eventually provide some degree of ancillary assistance in pointing folks to our resources, but the jury is still out on how helpful that will really be.--MA
From: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Eric Lease Morgan
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 8:42 AM
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In a time, such as ours, when physical proximity to a book, is less of a determining factor for reading a particular thing or answering a particular question, then the philosophy of the traditional library catalog is less apropos. Things like BIBFRAME are less about answering the question of “Who own what?” and more about “What ideas exist?” Besides, the library catalog was always a librarian’s tool, not a tool for the reader. —ELM