Twenty-first Century Metadata Operations: Challenges, Opportunities, Directions
It has long been apparent to academic library administrators that the current technical services operations within libraries need to be redirected and refocused in terms of both format priorities and human resources. A number of developments and directions have made this reorganization imperative, many of which have been accelerated by the current economic crisis. All of the chapters detail some aspect of technical services reorganization due to downsizing and/or reallocation of human resources, retooling professional and support staff in higher level duties and/or non-MARC metadata, "value-added" metadata opportunities, outsourcing redundant activities, and shifting resources from analog to digital object organization and description.
This book will assist both catalogers and library administrators with concrete examples of moving technical services operations and personnel from the analog to the digital environment.
This book was published as a special double issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.