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Emmanuel Courtine: Future of library catalogs


My name is Emmanuel Courtine and I’m a cataloging librarian in an academic library, called « Cujas » Library in Paris. This library is for affiliates of the University of Paris 1 and 2 – Sorbonne, and our field is law. My work deals with cataloging printed books in French, English and German. I catalog rare old books from our rare books collection, part of which is being digitized, in cooperation with the French National Library.


I’m interested in the future of our catalogs, related to the digitalized context. How can the catalogs be more visible on the web ?

Librarians are describing resources with metadatas, authorities (authors, subjects). How can this work appear in the first results of a research engine, like Google ? How could we give more value to our catalogs ?  In that context, I hope that the new rules of description, Resource Description and Access (RDA) based on the conceptual models of Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) will achieve to that goal. We can already find new catalogs which are based on the FRBR structure (Work, Expression, Manifestation, Item). They federate datas from many catalogs and link their datas to external resources on the web. You can see, for exemple, two catalogs, on the websites http://data.bnf.fr/en/, run by the french national library, and http://www.theses.fr/en/accueil.jsp, run by the ABES, Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur.

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