Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reflections on Life as a Cataloger

Thinking inside the box: Reflections on my life as a cataloger by Ted Taylor, Senior Cataloger, Pepperdine University School of Law offers reflections on his career and the profession.
Using technology and helping people along the way have been constant throughout my career. It will be interesting to see how new standards such as RDA and FRBR will play out. Ultimately, we are all working to make it better for individuals to more easily search and find what they want and need. People will continue to become more accustomed to finding and retrieving the actual documents. Through all aspects of our interactions, it is becoming the expectation that there will be something tangible at the end of the line with each cast for information. I see this even with my two granddaughters. They are growing up to expect that a telephone call is a visual one. Anything else is unacceptable. This is an exciting time for librarians—ripe with opportunities and challenges to meet these very high expectations.

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