Conversations with Catalogers in the 21st Century

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INTRODUCTION
        Elaine R. SanchezThis book came into being because of the vortex of change in which cataloging is now swirling. These are some of the currents we are in:
Ever-increasing digital resources, in changing formats, to catalog.
A proposed “new” structure for the bibliographic universe we are in: FRBR, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records, the work of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations).
Patrons searching for information and resources now go to for-profit, non-library information entities and use keyword searching instead of our precise and reliable library catalogs with pre-coordinated subject thesaurus terms.
A new cataloging code based on FRBR is now being tested, RDA (Resource Description and Access), to perhaps replace AACR2.
New international cataloging principles by IFLA were published in 2009, Statement of International Cataloguing Principles, which replace and broaden the 1961 “Paris Principles” and guide the new development and use of cataloging codes.
The Library of Congress, its Program for Cooperative Cataloging, and OCLC have been decreasing full cataloging description and also providing for more core or floor record standards, now called the Bibco Standard Record (BSR) that can be built upon, rather than starting off at full cataloging level.

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