Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention
The article “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention” provides some interesting insights into the nature of the catalog in the digital age. Several pieces in particular caught my attention. The environmental changes of community as content providers to the catalog and this information being integrated into metadata. While this metadata has not been widely used I believe integrating it at least as an ancillary measure for analyzing the catalog could be enriching for user engagement. I thought the concept of providing full access to the library meshed well with employing user generated descriptive data if user engagement is successful. Libraries in a digital rich world could benefit fiscally from transition into a digital hub of information providing access to digital materials and also enriching the local collection through user generated data.