Posting to Autocat
On 05/04/2011 07:31 PM, john g marr wrote:
This isn’t about “selling” budgeters on how wonderful our services are, because there are *some* powerful elements afoot that could care less (except about themselves), and there always will be.
You have to consider the possibility, if nothing else, just the possibility, that public education and information *could* be the target of a very few very wealthy domestic terrorists influencing political agendas, particularly to mold the “work force’s ability to meet the needs of the future” *”their” way.*
I’ll avoid the more political aspects of this post, since I would like to concentrate on the psychological aspects.
What I fear isn’t so much that powerful people don’t care, but that there are so many powerful members of the information society who are very interested in taking expert human metadata creators out of the equation altogether, by dubbing us “inefficient”, “too expensive”, “too inconsistent” and other epithets I have read concerning catalogers. These people include not only the bean counters, but the so-called “information experts” of all stripes who sincerely want to help bring inthe b rave new world of “information” where the human element is almost always labelled a “bug”.
In a fair debate, I think the “expert human metadata creators” could make mincemeat of anybody who dared to stick their heads up, just as Panizzi did so long ago. But our debate must be liable to demonstration to make any headway, and our systems are just not up to snuff.
It is critical for us to recognize that while the *traditional catalog* is clearly obsolete, the “traditional catalog records” have yet to show their true capabilities.
I just don’t know if there is time.