Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stuck in the Past

This month in Library Journal Michael Stephens writes in Stuck in the Past about the changing nature of the profession. He neglects catalogers. However, we can offer a few suggestions along the lines of those he suggests for reference. How about advising or offering classes for those wishing to "catalog" their collection? In metadata how about advising the town or academy in best selecting a metadata standard, standard indexing terms, and the software to use it? Just what is the benefit in filling in the info on a Word or PDF file? How could it be more useful? How should files be organized and named so that they can be easily found again? Would adding microformats to the Website of a local business reduce costs and drive more business their way? Giving a workshop, training session or just such advice might be useful. Any other suggestions?

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