Library Faculty & Staff Scholarship

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Academic Libraries, Cataloging, Metadata, OCLC, OhioLINK, OPAL Consortium


This presentation provides a short historical survey of the development of library cataloging in the Western world and includes information on the gradual growth of cooperation among libraries in terms of using shared standardized cataloging rules and classification systems. Contemporary cooperation in cataloging is also covered focusing on cataloging facilitated by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), OhioLINK, and the OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries) Consortium. Cooperative cataloging and metadata initiatives are becoming increasingly important in the United States and internationally.

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Salt, Elizabeth A. "Cooperative Cataloging in Academic Libraries: From Mesopotamia to Metadata." Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. 30 June 2011.