Just as the function of libraries and the role of librarians are not the same as they used to be, the same is true of cataloging and catalogers. The Cataloging Annual Report 2010–2011 listed three trends in the changing landscape of cataloging: the increasing reliance on vendor-supplied records and services, the explosion of electronic resources, and the growing interrelatedness of local library catalogs with systems outside the library.
There’s no question that the art of cataloging and the role of its practitioners are evolving. Where specialization is preferred, catalogers remain steadfastly the guardians of library catalogs to ensure their accuracy, currency, comprehensiveness, and user-friendliness.
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