What should catalogs do? - From Locating
End-users are not after catalog records,
they want content.
For library holdings, other than
for internet resources, this means: one has to gain access to the physical
object. There is therefore a clear hierarchy of importance, in the view of the library patron:
Subdivides into: Available for use in the branch of choice / In some other branch / Not readily available
of other libraries accessible with relative ease
This directly translates into
for catalog policy:
Every library has to be very much concerned
about the integrity of its own catalog and its integration with circulation
We have to pull in the same direction
nationwide, not just network-wide, and not tolerate a division, at
least among those libraries being members of the ILL networks. It is important
to improve consistency, shareability and interoperability between the networks.
Cross-border catalog access can
and should be further improved, but in two steps:
Good Catalogs are a pillar
of good library service.
investigate ways to improve cross-access
programmable procedures, like improved
conversion, i.e. without rule changes or manual editing of our own data,
only after this, consider helpful changes
in cataloging rules and practices.
B. Eversberg, UB Braunschweig,