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The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools. Final Report. March 17, 2006
Discovery Tools. Final Report. March 17, 2006.

Mann, Thomas
Date Written:  03/04/2006
Year Published:  2006  
Resource Type:  Article

The Calhoun report draws unjustified conclusions about the digital age, inflates wishful thinking, fails to make critical distinctions, and disregards (as well as mischaracterizes) an alternative “niche” strategy for research libraries, to promote scholarship (rather than increase “market position”).

Abstract:  According to the Calhoun report, library operations that are not digital, that do not result in resources that are remotely accessible, that involve professional human judgement or expertise, or that require conceptual categorization and standardization rather than relevance ranking of keywords, do not fit into its proposed 'leadership' strategy. This strategy itself, however, is based on an inappropriate business model ' and a misrepresentation of that business model to begin with. The Calhoun report draws unjustified conclusions about the digital age, inflates wishful thinking, fails to make critical distinctions, and disregards (as well as mischaracterizes) an alternative 'niche' strategy for research libraries, to promote scholarship (rather than increase 'market position'). Its recommendations to eliminate Library of Congress Subject Headings, and to use 'fast turnaround' time as the 'gold standard' in cataloging, are particularly unjustified, and would have serious negative consequences for the capacity of research libraries to promote scholarly research.

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