Cataloging Then, Now, and Tomorrow

Elise (Yi-Ling) Wong, cataloging and reference librarian at St. Mary’s College of California Library writes for American Libraries about Cataloging Then, Now, and Tomorrow. This is an interesting look at the evolution of cataloging and the role of the cataloger in libraries.

“Up until the early 2000s, libraries probably had only one catalog, hosted by an integrated library system. By 2011, most libraries had more than one catalog featured on their library website. There are many third-party information systems that work with library catalogs. Many library catalog interfaces are also powered by enhancement tools such as Encore, VuFind, or LibraryThing. In addition to the online public access catalog (Albert), SMCL also has Reference Universe, an electronic journal list (powered by Serial Solutions), and a few named special collections to facilitate access to some of our unique resources. We recently launched a new multisearch federated search engine with EBSCO Discovery Service.”