Hitting a Moving Target: Cataloging in an Age of Emerging Technologies

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Catalogers of yore could rely on the constancy of the handful of formats that were available prior to the digital revolution, knowing that when they woke up each morning a book was still paper and a motion picture was still film. Then one morning things changed and the catalogers of today's world can expect a new quirk every 2-3 months. What do you do when acquisitions gives you slotMusic or some other new-fangled medium to catalog? The PlayAway sound recordings gave you fits and just when you figure it out the PlayAway View comes along. This session will cover some of the recent emerging technologies that have arrived in cataloging departments, how we have addressed those challenges, and look at how you can apply what we have learned from those challenges to future surprises for both the AACR2 and RDA environments.

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