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Purpose: Explores the evolving nature of the library catalog and its relationship to the fundamental mission and expanding services of libraries.

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This interest group is part of Core's Metadata and Collections Section.

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**Call for participation!** deliverables survey now due Nov. 6th

  • 1.  **Call for participation!** deliverables survey now due Nov. 6th

    Posted Oct 30, 2023 02:59 PM

    ***Call for participation*** 

    Hello all! 

    The deadline for this interest group to commit to doing a program, discussion, or other activity year has been extended to next Monday, November 6th.  


    Below are the options provided by Core: 

    • Host your own virtual program, panel, lightning talks session, poster session, or other format any time during the year 

    • Participate in specific Interest Group programming activities like Interest Group Week, which is held the first full week of March each year  

    • Submit a program proposal for consideration for the ALA Annual Conference, Core Exchange, or Core Forum 

    • Hold an in-person discussion at the ALA Annual Conference (no need to submit a proposal, just pick a date/time when the survey is posted in December) 

    • Offer an online course or webinar through the Core Continuing Education Coordination Committee 

    • Develop toolkits, whitepapers, or other products or services to fill a need in the library world. 

    At a minimum, I am willing to hold a discussion group at next year's ALA. I can supply topics or folks can suggest their own. 
    If we want to do a more formal program, I'd suggest committing to an interest week panel since this is in fact an interest group-- three short presentations (10-15 minutes each) followed by time for questions generally works well. Please speak up if you'd be interested in presenting!

    But what are we gonna talk about? 
     I've been reading through some of the past threads in this forum to get an idea of previous topics. One from 2013, "Discovery in a Post-OPAC world", caught my eye. So, I'm thinking about a theme along the lines of "Where are we now: the post-OPAC world ten years on". This gets to the point of how I think about catalog form & function these days, and allows for a range of topics from cataloging needs to user behavior and anything in between. 

    If you have something else in mind already that you'd like to discuss or present, let me know and we can figure out how best to do that. If you have ideas about what you'd like to hear about as an audience member, please post those too!  

    You can send an email to this list at  or post from Core Connect.  And feel free to contact me by email or direct message if you have questions you don't want to post here. 

    Thanks all!

    Adrienne E. Sanders (she/her)
    Rare Materials Cataloging Librarian
    University of Kansas Libraries | 785-864-2070