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Friday, October 4 • 8:30am - 9:20am
Mitigating Risks One Small Step at a Time: Finding Manageable Ways to Help Cataloging Staff Prepare for the Changes to Come

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BIBFRAME. IFLA-Library Reference Model replacing FRBR. The RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign (3R) Project. Linked data. Migrations to library services platforms that come with monthly updates. Ongoing additions to controlled vocabularies, best practices, MARC coding, and even local workflows – these are just some of the sea changes that cataloging staff at all levels face right now and will continue to encounter in the coming years. While these changes may ultimately help our bibliographic data communicate better online, they come with risks that the knowledge, capabilities, and technical skills of our cataloging staff will fail to keep up. There’s a limit to how much time we can dedicate to training our staff or keeping ourselves informed. There’s a limit on how many changes we can absorb and still get the day-to-day cataloging work done (and done well). But before we become completely overwhelmed, are there realistic, feasible ways to help our cataloging staff prepare one small step at a time? Are there ways to begin mitigating any detrimental risks, in order to free us up to embrace the risk of entering a new age for bibliographic data?

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Melissa Moll

Music Cataloging Librarian, University of Iowa

Friday October 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am CDT
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