Posting to RDA-L
On Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 5:09 PM, Kevin M Randall wrote:
What do you call the “US RDA Test” that garnered quite a bit of attention–and even used the “live” LC/NACO Authority File, to boot–if not a “road test”? Not to mention all of the cataloging done by libraries that continued to use RDA after the test?
Attention from whom? A tiny part of the library community consisting of 0.000001% of the populace? When has this been discussed with the actual users, not just catalogers? That is a real road test would consist of: real, live conditions with real live people. Not a bunch of salesmen who get together to discuss how great the newest car is, but the people who will actually decide whether they want to buy and drive the cars.
How many members of the public were asked about how they liked the rule of three going to the rule of one? And why would anything think that catalogers will do more than is expected of them? I guess because catalogers are completely different from everyone else and will do more than required whenever possible. We all know that is true. Does everyone really think that it will lead to a case of “Catalogers Unchained” or “Catalogers Gone Crazy” or “Finding the Inner Cataloger”? And that the supervisors will allow them to do more than is required?
Why don’t we hold a referendum among the public? I think because we know what they would say.