Bibliographic fore-understanding

Lorcan 1 min read

On the website of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control … A webcast of the third meeting, the topic of which was economic and organizational issues. For those few who do not have the time or the inclination to experience the full range of presentations ;-), there seemed to be widespread agreement that Rick Lugg did a very good introductory overview of issues.

Webcasts are provided for the complete meeting (timings are indicated for each part of the complete session below. [Webcasts for July 9, 2007 Meeting in Washington, D.C. – Economics and Organization of Bibliographic Data (Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, Library of Congress)]

In reading, and listening to, reports of discussion at this and others in the series I have been struck by how much folks’ interests and prior understanding affect what they hear. This is very usual, of course, as we all tend to interpret things in relation to our own interests and experiences. We are prepared to hear what we have been prepared to hear. It seemed a little stronger here.
Several things are at play, IMHO. There is a variety of perspectives (functional/user, bibliographic, technical, economic, managerial and so on) which are not always well integrated in discussion; there is disagreement about how much change is or is not required within any of these perspectives; and there are different views about the value of some existing practices, or of the potential impact of alternative approaches.

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