ATG Book of the Week: The Library Catalogue as Social Space: Promoting Patron Driven Collections, Online Communities, and Enhanced Reference and Readers' Services

by | Jul 25, 2012 | 0 comments

Title: The Library Catalogue as Social Space:Promoting Patron Driven Collections, Online Communities, and Enhanced Reference and Readers’ Services
Author: Laurel Tarulli
Paperback: 978-1-59884-629-4; $40; ebook: 978-1-59884-630-0; $40
Imprint: : Hershey, Pa. : Libraries Unlimited, 2012


Although focused on the public library, this title offers advice to all library professionals on taking “advantage of our strongest community and information tool—the library catalogue …in an online, socially connected world.”

“Author and collection access librarian Laurel Tarulli examines next-generation or “social” catalogues, discussing the theories and concepts behind them, their impact on core library services, and their potential in shaping future libraries and library services. Geared toward frontline and backroom staff, this book helps readers understand next-generation catalogues and see the collaborative opportunities that are possible between the frontline and backroom. Written to be much more than a “one-time” read, this resource book provides practical ideas for beneficial collaboration and implementation of social features in library catalogues.”


“If you are thinking about what to do with your catalog to make it more interactive and relevant, this book is for you. Recommended.” – Teacher Librarian

“Authored by the collection-access librarian at Halifax Public Libraries and author of the blog The Cataloguing Librarian, this work is organized into seven chapters, beginning with a discussion of the library catalog as a social space, followed by an exploration of “Next Generation” catalogs. Controversies and concerns surrounding these catalogs are next addressed, followed by readers’ services and the catalog, and the impact of social catalogs on traditional library services. Tarulli then discusses social features that can be attained without social catalogs, and she ends with a chapter on future directions of the library catalog. A bibliography and an index add to the scholarly value of this work. With the growing use of Web 2.0 by library patrons, integrating this technology into the catalog is the best way to reach patrons, and Tarulli helps both novice and seasoned librarians to achieve success in any library setting. –Sara Marcus – Booklist


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