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RDA and Serials in Transition
|Title:||RDA and Serials in Transition|
|Abstract:||Usually, when major change happens in cataloging, we see it as disruptive. But in the cosmic scheme, most changes are relatively minor tweaks to familiar practices. Cataloging has been very dynamic since the introduction of computers into library service, but the basic principles and goals of cataloging remain the same. In the early days of automation, many catalogers were excited, but they did not understand the full potential ofmachine processing of bibliographic data. Originally, computers were viewed as improved, more efficient typewriters—rather than typing card sets, we could order cards from OCLC by hitting the “produce” button on our dumb terminals. Cataloging departments routinely deleted data in MARC 600 (name-as-subject) fields, which duplicated data in MARC 100 or 700 (name-as-author) fields in descriptions of correspondence or autobiographies because each of thoseMARC fields generated a name-entry card, and only one card would be needed in the catalog with the author’s name to provide access to that book. The possibility of the digital data replacing the printed card was unimaginable.|
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