In our effort to redefine the future, it is important that we all
challenge our assumptions. We should cherish our heretics, right or
My $.02 is that we don't need yet another system; we need to develop and
adopt standards and coerce everyone in sight to play along. Standards
enable innovation. Systems deter it.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
> Teresa Victoriana Sierra
> Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2006 2:25 PM
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> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] next generation opac mailing list
> I generally don't get into the discussion threads, but merely enjoy
> is being said. However, Eric...you have touched a nerve. I agree that
> need to be thinking about the way libraries will look in the future.
> to say that the library catalog is serving only the purposes of the
> who fund them and feed on their vanity, is pretty strong and
> Maybe you ought to sit with a reference librarian and ask why and how
> catalog and OPAC are used.
> Teri Sierra, Chief
> Serial and Government Publications Division
> Library of Congress
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> I would argue that our energy would be better spent thinking about
> the next generation library rather than the next generation opac.
> Is it just me, or does anyone else feel that the very idea of having
> a catalog as an important component of a library smacks of retrograde
> thinking? To my mind, in a clean-slate NG Library architecture, the
> library catalog should only exist as a facade that recognizes of the
> vanity of libraries and the people who fund them.
> I can think of no technical justification for library catalogs as we
> look forward. If not the next generation, then the next-next
> generation of libraries. The functions that exist today in library
> catalogs need to be pushed in two directions- toward the user on one
> hand, and towards global registries on the other.
> the other Eric
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