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The trouble with records July 23, 2007

Posted by Mia in Uncategorized.
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Because we are so familiar with its characteristics, we can have an extremely hard time envisioning anything other than a MARC record for bibliographic entities. A while back, Marshall Breeding’s presentation (part of OCLC’s Distinguished Seminar Series, encapsulated the opac problem pretty succinctly on slide 25 in his 50-odd slide powerpoint (but don’t skip the rest of the ppt).

There is a huge sea change happening at the presentation layer. The sooner we start to unbundle our fixed notions about what a “record” looks like, and how it needs to behave, the sooner we will be able to see new opportunities. 

The trick with life-long learning is just that: you actually have to keep doing it.

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