Knowledge without Boundaries: Organizing Information for the Future

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Over the course of the last twenty years, cataloging has undergone many changes designed to accommodate the description of a wide variety of resources. Library catalogs are no longer limited to holdings in a specific location or in a specific physical format but now include electronic resources and links to resources in remote locations, a fact which is revolutionizing the purpose of the catalog as well as the role of the librarian. As a result, librarians find themselves accepting new responsibilities as knowledge managers, dealing with far more than the traditional physical resources of the past and also providing access to a host of materials ranging from manuscripts, printed texts, music, maps, graphic materials, sound recordings and audiovisual materials to three-dimensional objects and digitized and electronic resources. With the advent of the Internet and electronic publishing, librarians have increasingly been called upon not only to provide access to networked resources and information, but also to organize the universe of electronic information and resources outside of the library. In this capacity, librarians have contributed their information-organizing expertise to the development of metadata standards, applying the lessons learned in more than a century of developing uniform rules and standards for bibliographic control of library materials and developing systems to exchange bibliographic data.

By participating in the development of metadata standards, librarians not only help bring order to the chaos of networked information, but also ensure that they will be able fulfill the new roles expected of them in an Internet age. By adopting metadata for use in library retrieval tools, librarians gain the means to enter into collaborative projects with other information-bearing institutions while improving access to digital objects and electronic data in their own library collections.

The papers in this volume, written by renowned cataloging and metadata experts, cover a wide range of topics of interest to twenty-first century knowledge managers, from metadata interoperability to use of library authority files as building blocks for the "Semantic Web" to the progress of digital libraries in China. These papers are essential reading for anyone with an interest in the new role of librarians in the digital age.

Sally C. Tseng

From SCHEMAS to CORES: Finding Common Strategies to Metadata Interoperability
Makx Dekkers

Dublin Core and Emerging Conventions for a Semantic Web
Thomas H. Baker

Digital Library Development in China
Wei Liu, Leon Zhao, Yuanliang Ma

ONIX and Libraries
Michael A. Chopey

Library Authority Files as Building Blocks for the Semantic Web
Barbara B. Tillett

Thinking outside the Box: Adapting AACR and MARC 21 to Accommodate Electronic Resources
Tom Delsey

AACR and Integrating Resources
Steven J. Miller


Michael A. Chopey

Michael A. Chopey is a catalog librarian at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). He specializes in cataloging monographs and electronic and integrating resources. He also oversees the creation of Dublin Core metadata for digital collections at UHM and teaches cataloging in the graduate LIS program at UHM. Chopey holds an MSLIS from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science and an MA from New York University. He is a voting member of Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) and has chaired and served on numerous CC:DA task forces, including the CC:DA Task Force on ONIX International. He recently chaired the Joint ALA/British Library Task Force to Reconceptualize Chapter 9 of AACR2.