Hider & Harvey on organising knowledge

Hider, P. & Harvey, R. (2008). Organising Knowledge in a Global Society. Wagga Wagga, NSW: Charles Sturt University Press.

GORMAN: [Interesting perspectives on organisational luddism about discipline with sources, becoming more distinct as a new generation of lazy technophiles eschew not only knowledge preceding their era, but any kind of structured cataloguing and indexing, making reliable retrieval/referencing moot] (pp. 7-8.)

CATALOGUES & USERS: [H&H take the view that catalogue users should take the time to familiarise themselves with how catalogues work. Why? If alternative searches succeed more quickly, without any knowledge that results are worse, is it not incumbent on cataloguers to explain their projects more engagingly?] (p. 10.)

OPAC: H&H say this relies on expensive computer equipment (p. 20). Really? Aren’t staff costs to do this manually higher? Locking systems into proprietary software or standards is where the costs are.

METRICS: Keeping tabs on how a system is actually used has been used a method for improvement (p. 21). About time this caught on!

INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS: Promising cooperative work, but not, I think, user-focused (pp. 24-25).

AACR2: Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules 2nd ed.

AEI: Australian Education index

ATED: Australian Thesaurus of Education Descriptors

DDC: Dewey Decimal Classification

ERIC: Educational resource Information Centre

ICABS: IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) – CDNL (Conference of Directors of National Libraries) Alliance for Bibliographic Standards – so IFLA-CDNL = ICABS. What a perfect way to demonstrate librarians shouldn’t be allowed to develop typologies.

ISBD: International Standard Bibliographic Description

ISBN: International Standard Book Number

KWIC: Key Word In Context

KWOC: Key Word Out of Context

LLC: Library of Congress Classification

MARC: Machine Readable Cataloguing

OPAC: Online Public Access Catalogue

PAIS: Public Affairs Information Service

RILM: Abstracts of Music Literature

Conclusions

Interpellation: Much of the interpellation is reserved for later chapters, where specific topics are addressed. They managed to alienate me fairly much straight away.
Absences: Entry level.
Utility: Have to start on this topic somewhere.
Questions: Are international librarians trying to make matters more complex or simple? Probably looking to increase the importance (and salaries) attached to their functions. Nothing in here strikes me as simplifying matters or making it more user friendly.

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