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You just made my day, Jeff!

On Fri, Apr 1, 2022 at 5:58 AM Edmunds, Jeffrey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>
> The Library of Congress announced today that effective July 1, 2022, all
> LC systems will be flipped from MARC to BIBFRAME.
>
>    - MARC records will no longer be created by or available from LC
>    - Existing bibliographic records will be atomized, stored and served
>    up as RDF triples
>    - All LC discovery tools will present knowledge graphs as search
>    results instead of lists
>
> In parallel with the LC announcement, OCLC made public its plan to flip
> WorldCat from a MARC-based database to a BIBFRAME-based triplestore.
> Connexion, OCLC’s cataloging client, will be decommissioned on July 1, 2022
> and replaced with Sinopia to allow OCLC members to create and manage
> bibliographic metadata natively in BIBFRAME.
>
> BIBFRAME and linked data advocates hailed the announcement as the apogee
> of over a decade of development. Said senior library administrator April
> Fisch: “With this announcement we see the fruit of thousands of hours of
> work and millions of dollars of investment. Now, when users search one of
> our systems, they will be presented not with a boring list of available
> resources, but with nifty things like knowledge cards and links to other
> things with more links to other things about other things with more links
> to other links with information and links to even more things with more
> links. The traditional library discovery system, designed to connect users
> with resources, is obsolete. These new systems will connect users with
> *everything*, which is, as I’m sure we can agree, cooler.”
>
> Roy Tennant, whose *cri de coeur* twenty years ago that “MARC must die!”
> has finally been heard, was exultant. “Finally!” he is reported to have
> uttered with palpable relief. “I was beginning to think MARC might never
> die!” (On the other hand, Terry Reese, creator of MarcEdit and recipient of
> the 2019 Margaret Mann Citation presented by the ALCTS Cataloging and
> Metadata Management Section, was seen stumbling disconsolately around the
> campus of Ohio State University, mumbling to himself “What now?”)
>
> Lorcan Dempsey famously observed that “Discovery happens elsewhere.”
> Thanks to the complete abandonment of MARC for BIBFRAME, discovery will now
> happen *everywhere*, even when a user can’t tell that it’s happening.
>
> The vastly improved user experience long promised by BIBFRAME and linked
> data will now be a reality. Instead of answering boring questions like
> “where can I get this book?,” new systems will allow users to form queries
> like “show me all the materials by German women authors named Maria who
> lived in the 18th century and published in Leipzig. Or Berlin. And who
> had red hair. Or brown. And had a dachshund named Kip.”
>
> When asked how smaller libraries with fewer resources and little on-site
> technical expertise were expected to cope with the sea change, a
> spokesperson from LC’s Policy and Standards Division issued the following
> statement:
> “Um, not sure.”
>
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Chulin Meng
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