On 6/26/14, 2:24 PM, J. McRee Elrod wrote:
> Karen said:
>> This is an interesting vision from the cataloger perspective. If I read
>> you correctly, in a distributed network, for the same item there could
>> be "records" (profiles or graphs of data) that are suitable for public
>> libraries, ones that are suitable to specialized libraries, others
>> suitable to national libraries, or archives, etc.
> What would a vendor do who has clients in all of the categories above?
> What does a vendor do who can afford to have only one version of data
> per manifestation in its files for all clients?

Mac, it's hard to know where to begin to answer this, but I'll give you 
an analogy that might make sense to you. In your database you have a 
MARC record. In a library system, there may be different displays: 
short, medium, full. You do not have to store different records for 
short, medium, full -- they all come from the MARC record. Analogously, 
you can have bibliographic data in your database and each profile is 
like a display: it is made up of a selection of "fields" from your 
database. There's no "affording one version" as each version is simply a 
request from the database for a certain set of fields.

My guess is that you could serve a wider variety of clients better with 
such a design.


> Our bottom line depends on the reuse of records.
> We already have this problem with phrases in different languages (if
> one does not use the ISBD abbreviations as codes).  This would be even
> more difficult.   Perhaps I will just have to shut up shop?  There
> seems to be no place for such services as SLC in this brave new
> bibliographic world.
> It has been said that only the needs of larger libraries with inhouse
> IT ability are being served.  That may be correct.  I don't see how a
> small library with no professional staff would be able to function in
> such an environment.
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