Catalog of the Future?

Ever since Ruth talked to us at NExpress about FRBR and the promise of a truly user-friendly catalog…I’ve been patiently waiting.  Well, Pam heard about the Wonders of API at the Mid-Atlantic Innovative Users Group meeting in October and shared the Marmot Library Network catalog as one of several examples of what can be done with API’s.  I’d say they have tricked out their catalog enough to make my dreams come true:

Particularly awesome bits:

  • For a single title, “Otherwise Engaged,” I can see ALL of the various editions, including electronic content.
  • Under the “Book” format, I can see the various editions.
  • For the electronic editions, there is immediate access from within the catalog.
  • It’s also clear to see that the information displayed is only as good as the catalog record, for example the series information appears to be linked to a large print edition….but at least it’s there!

Out of curiosity, I looked up The Wizard of Oz, a book I had to catalog in library school and is notorious for having 1,000,000 different editions.  Wow, that’s pretty awesome.

Oooh, they include their hoopla content in the catalog.

So, am I correct in assuming that this kind of thing can be outsourced and if we throw sufficient money in the right direction, we too can have this kind of fabulousness in our MCLINC catalog?

I’m giddy.

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