Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention
by: Lorcan Dempsey
There is a renaissance of interest in the catalog and catalog data. Yet it comes at a time when the catalog itself is being reconfigured in ways which may result in its disappearance as an individually identifiable component of library service. It is being subsumed within larger library discovery environments and catalog data is flowing into other systems and services. This article discusses the position of the catalog and uses it to illustrate more general discovery and workflow directions.
Dempsey, Lorcan. 2012. "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention." EDUCAUSE Review Online, (Monday, December 10). http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/thirteen-ways-looking-libraries-discovery-and-catalog-scale-workflow- attention. [This article is a slightly amended version of a chapter of the same name which appears in Catalogue 2.0: The Future of the Library Catalogue, edited by Sally Chambers. London: Facet Publishing, 2013, pp. http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=7166.]