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The Library Catalogue as Social Space: Promoting Patron Driven Collections, Online Communities, and Enhanced Reference and Readers' Servicesby Laurel Tarulli
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This book is a guide to the library catalogue that all public library professionals will find enlightening and useful. Its technical services perspective provides a different point of view as compared to traditional public library literature, which is often written by frontline professionals. For example, it poses and examines this thought-provoking question: should library catalogues be considered the primary gateway to the library's information, rather than the library website?
Author and collection access librarian Laurel Tarulli examines next-generation or "social" catalogues, discussing the theories and concepts behind them, their impact on core library services, and their potential in shaping future libraries and library services. Geared toward frontline and backroom staff, this book helps readers understand next-generation catalogues and see the collaborative opportunities that are possible between the frontline and backroom. Written to be much more than a "one-time" read, this resource book provides practical ideas for beneficial collaboration and implementation of social features in library catalogues.
Book News Annotation:
Tarulli, a collection access librarian at a public library in Canada, shows public library professionals in all roles how to expand the library catalogue into an online social space and community platform, extending it beyond its role as an inventory and part of the library's physical space into a next generation catalogue. She examines what the elements and features of these catalogues are, with an example from the U. of North Carolina; common concerns regarding them; how they can be used to enhance core library services, such as readers' services, collection development, youth services, and reference; and how frontline staff and cataloguers can collaborate to make the catalogue a tool that benefits the entire library community and provides local information, discovery, and sources. She also addresses factors involved in deciding whether to acquire a social catalogue and how to experiment without investing fully, marketing, and the role of mobile devices in the future, and includes the views of professionals. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Emphasizing the advantages of working together and exploring the future of library services in an online, socially connected world, this exciting book shows how all public library professionals can take advantage of our strongest community and information tool—the library catalogue.
According to computer library service and research organization Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), the most important factor for end-users seeking information is receiving that data convenientlyhow they want it, when they want it. But users also want discovery-related information beyond the standard summaries, excerpts, and tables of contents. Can library catalogues meet these heightened demands?
• Presents the library catalogue as a community space that can provide remote users and patrons with the same level of service they receive within the library walls
• Explores the many ways frontline staff and cataloguing staff can collaborate to enhance core library services and increase access to collections
• Contains essays from three highly respected, practicing professionals explaining their views on next generation library catalogues
• Examines the impact of mobile technology and its impact on library access and use
• Suggests ideas for implementing a social feel into existing classic catalogues
• An index of key concepts and terms
• A foreword written by Barbara Tillett, chief of the Policy and Standards Division at the Library of Congress
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