Cooperative cataloging in a post-opac world

Roxanne Sellberg*

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The identity of individual libraries has traditionally been based on locally defined, but highly duplicative, collections. The need to build equally duplicative catalogs has provided incentive for cooperative cataloging. In the future, the collections of libraries will be not so much duplicated as shared, and separate libraries may not have separate public catalogs. Is there a place for cooperative cataloging in such a future? Yes, but future cooperative cataloging efforts will need to focus on important post-online public access catalog (OPAC) world challenges, including the development of "virtual" worldwide library collections and the provision of metadata support for new information resources and systems. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-246
Number of pages10
JournalCataloging and Classification Quarterly
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Cataloging librarians
  • Collection overlap
  • Cooperative cataloging
  • Copy cataloging
  • Electronic resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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