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The trouble with records July 23, 2007

Posted by Mia in Uncategorized.

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.