Posting to RDA-L
On 02/11/2011 20:20, Karen Coyle wrote:
Sorry to repeat this to so many lists, but the most recent NISO newsletter:
makes the case that NISO may be the more appropriate body for the development of the future data format for libraries. Quoting from the message by Todd Carpenter:
“The MARC standards office at LC is adeptly led and they have the best of intentions, with a goal of trying to represent and serve all that use this important format. However, there is a fine line between leadership and control. Hopefully, LC is willing to lead while letting the broader community control, as messy as that process might be.
The process for moving MARC into today’s information environment is important, as noted above. Wouldn’t the process be better served by utilizing the existing and open standards development processes already in place that have served our community so well in so many areas?”
The simple fact is that libraries need help. They need help for the actual task of creating metadata; they need help to figure out what types of metadata is needed today both by our patrons and for collection management; and they need help to come up with formats. Libraries need help in all of these areas, especially now since there is practically no chance of their getting additional funding any time soon. There is a down side of course: the more help you get–substantial help–the more you lose the control you were used to having.
I just figure that NISO or some other organization will do this sooner or later, so it might as well be sooner so that libraries can get the help. The adjustments may be wrenching for librarians however. My own concern is that if development is undertaken by non-librarians (i.e. patrons) that library management needs are maintained in full. Probably there is no worry about this since modern formats can be so flexible that a “library management name space” can always be created and included.
I think this would be a great development if NISO got involved.