Tuesday, October 30, 2007

WorldCat and the Future of Bibliographic Control

Karen Calhoun spoke on WorldCat and the future of bibliographic control at the recent OCLC Members Council.

One bit I found interesting was that Baker and Taylor Cataloging Plus libraries are now OCLC members. These were described as small school libraries, ones that would never have joined otherwise. I wonder if this is a route the Lunar and Planetary Institute (MPOW) could use to join. We can not afford the set-up and training fees for OCLC, but just might be able to pay the yearly dues. (Maybe.) We have a lot of unique or rare records to contribute and I'd love to become a NACO library, since we have access to the planetary science community. But we can just not afford OCLC as the fees are currently structured.

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