This is a rambling inspired by another blogger who used the phrase ‘elegant organization’. When I read this* it made me realise that despite my best efforts, I was still thinking of the service I provide in a seemingly traditional way. I hadn’t considered wiping the slate clean, and starting the thought trail with a blank sheet – something that is sorely needed. With the tools available now rather than ‘then’, how would we organise our stock? What would the library catalogue (OPAC) look like? Would it sit on the LMS or in the cloud? I’ve thought about this: I even wrote an essay on it for my Masters degree. But I never really considered how I would LIKE to do it. So, I’m taking it back to basics. If I had to organise my own books, AV, journal articles and e-articles, how would I do it? Ok, so LibraryThing springs to mind, although strangely I haven’t used it to catalogue my own items. Why? Because its not what I would like my catalogue to look like, and it can’t do everything that I need it to. Do I still fundamentally need a retrieval schema and a metadata schema? And what would these look like? This is no mean task! Let me get back to you later…..or suggestions please!
*Give users “elegant organization” – libraries can play a role in helping users do what they did before, but better and in a more “elegant” way; what could that mean for the library catalog, for example?