From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]>
On Behalf Of gary oliver
Sent: Friday, April 03, 2020 4:42 PM
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] "Catalogs still supporting browsing"
I agree that a library catalog is a discovery tool, but I have never applied that phrase to one. The context of the comment to me was Ebsco's one search and I certainly do not want a catalog to function like that "discovery system."
My view of catalogs is that they ought to function for all users; the least advanced to the most.
Our new catalog will not inform our speech path grad students that speech pathology, which I expect they would use, is a see reference to speech disorders. Without browse, which would show the see reference, a subject search of speech pathology finds cluttering
(speech pathology) and speech-language pathology (MESH), never informing the student there are 109 titles with speech disorders as a subject.
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On 4/3/2020 3:04 PM, Kevin M Randall wrote:
Gary Oliver wrote:
When our ILS was upgraded, we lost all browsing capabilities. With the demise of browsing we also lost the display of see and see also references. When I inquired about this I
was told that the new version is a discovery system, not a catalog.
Gee, for some reason I always thought that a catalog was a discovery system, too. As in, this is what you use to discover what's in the library. What good is a "discovery system" if it lacks some of the essential
tools that you need in order to "discover" something?
Kevin M. Randall
Principal Serials Cataloger
Northwestern University Libraries
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