The idea of buying in shelf-ready books has recently been aired in the hallowed halls in which I work. I have to admit that my initial reaction to this idea was to inwardly scream and run to the hills tearing my hair out (so, not an impartial reaction then). I don’t really know exactly what shelf-ready books would do to my job, and am thus embarking on some research to find out just what it is all about. I am planning to do some literature searches, contact people/organisations who have already been through the process, and find some examples, and attempt to find out what the pros and cons really are. This blog post is me kicking myself into action!
As you can probably tell I seem to be erring on the old-fashioned cautious hippy side of cataloguing (Its all about the books, maaan!!!).
So, perhaps someone out there can tell me, would the introduction of a shelf-ready book system mean that I could actually get round to embarking on all those retrospective cataloguing projects that are lurking in the background? Would the system be more cost-effective and efficient, bringing a better service to the users (staff and students)? Would I be a more efficient LEAN mean working machine?
Or would there become a day, when those retrospective cataloguing projects would dry up, when the job as I currently know it would change unrecognisibly, and leave me staring, dry-eyed and bored at a screen checking repetitive inputted data that bears no relation to books, and feeling that the heart had been ripped out of my cataloguing soul?
I am so obviously biaised that I would like to hear from people who really know what they are talking about, and who have been through the process, please enlighten me!
I’m not a total technophobe or averse to change and modernisation; I try to involve myself in as many different projects as possible, and I’m embracing the cpd23 thing with gusto. I accept we have to move with the times, and that needs and services are vastly different to even ten years ago. I’m not a complete dinosaur; just a bit scared…