I'm a noobie to Code4Lib... hi, everyone.

I think OPACs are actually very good at keeping track of the
older information structures (i.e. print serials).  I would
have no problem with abandoning the OPAC (whether entirely
or conceptually as new versions are made) from a certain
point forward, and using a new system that accomodates new
information types (blogs?  electronic journals, etc) and
implements new features whether or not they are
retrospective-ly capable.

Looking at the E-R diagram for Endeavor's OPAC was kinda
what convinced me not to get too eager to dump the old
school OPAC.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2006 00:09:54 -0400
>From: Ross Singer <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] next generation opac mailing list
>To: [log in to unmask]
>But that's where all my stuff is!
>On 6/5/06, Eric Hellman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 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-
>> 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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