Lorcan Dempsey's "Thirteen Ways"
The article, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalogue: Scale, Workflow, Attention" by Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist, was published in Catalogue 2.0: The Future of the Library Catalogue. OCLC explains what the article discusses.
"Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalogue: Scale, Workflow, Attention" by Lorcan Dempsey discusses the position of the catalogue and uses it to illustrate more general discovery and workflow directions for libraries. There is a renaissance of interest in the catalogue and catalogue data. Yet it comes at a time when the catalogue itself is being reconfigured in ways which may result in its disappearance as an individually identifiable component of library service. The catalogue is being subsumed within larger library discovery environments and catalogue data is flowing into other systems and services. This article should be of interest to those who manage or make decisions about discovery services in libraries, or who are interested in how general internet trends are affecting library services.
Catalogue 2.0: The Future of the Library Catalogue edited by Sally Chambers, brings together some of the foremost international cataloguing practitioners and thought leaders, including Lorcan Dempsey, Emmanuelle Bermès, Marshall Breeding and Karen Calhoun, to provide an overview of the current state of the art of the library catalogue and look ahead to see what the library catalogue might become. Practical projects and cutting edge concepts are showcased in discussions of linked data and the Semantic Web, user expectations and needs, bibliographic control, the FRBRization of the catalogue, innovations in search and retrieval, next-generation discovery products and mobile catalogues.
A version of the article is available on Educause Review Online