Catalogue 2.0: The Future of the Library Catalogue

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New digital technologies, the Internet, and user expectations have changed the role of the catalogue in libraries considerably in recent years. This timely book takes into account developments that influence catalogue potential and patrons' needs, such as competition from popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia, to provide an overview of the current state of the art of the library catalogue while looking ahead to see what the library catalogue might become. Key leaders in the field including Karen Calhoun, Lorcan Dempsey, Emmanuelle Bermès, and Marshall Breeding discuss cutting-edge issues such as

  • Next generation catalogues
  • Making search work for the library user
  • Next-generation discovery: an overview of the European Scene
  • The mobile library catalogue
  • FRBRizing your catalogue
  • Enabling your catalogue for the Semantic Web
  • Supporting digital scholarship: bibliographic control, library co-operatives and open access repositories
  • 13 ways of looking at libraries, discovery and the catalogue: scale, workflow, attention

Librarians and information professionals will find practical guidance on customizing their catalogues to keep them up to date with the latest trends in technology in this authoritative manual.


Sally Chambers

Sally Chambers is Digital Humanities Research Coordinator, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, UK.

"While sections of the book are particularly relevant to technical services and systems librarians, it is certainly worth a read for anyone interested in both a summary of recent developments in and forecast for the library catalog. It could also serve as a reading for a course on library systems, and some of the individual chapters may be appropriate for other library courses as well."
— Library Resources & Technical Services

"Valuable reading for anyone involved in providing a version of the library catalogue to users, which is most of us."
— Australian Library Journal

"Anyone curious about the ways in which libraries are evolving to stay meaningful to modern users will enjoy this broad, well-written, and thought-provoking effort."
— Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries

"This eclectic and thought-provoking collection of essays should appeal to librarians and others who wish to become more knowledgeable about information retrieval, both within the library catalog and beyond it."
— Serials Review