Though the format of the catalog is obsolete, the intellectual endeavor and practice that catalogs represent is undeniably significant and important – not only to the collective memory of society, or the users of libraries, but also to the users of the internet. The formatting of metadata in these catalogs, as guided by cataloging standards, is the result of two hundred years of research, interaction, and revision by librarians. However, this incredible array of metadata is locked away in an outdated metadata schema, with this metadata duplicated and hidden in many discrete library catalogs. Though MARC was a technical innovation in its day, new metadata schema are needed to best serve the needs of our users, as well as the wider public. Librarians are uniquely poised to continue the creation of authoritative metadata that users can trust and use, while adapting that metadata to emerging technologies. Indeed, librarians are already working on the production of new schema – namely, BIBFRAME. This new standard will free library metadata from the silos in which it has been stored for far too long, as well as bringing library metadata into the wider web of linked open data. Beyond this freeing of metadata, BIBFRAME also has the potential to allow librarians and designers to fundamentally re-think the nature and experience of searching the library catalog.