chapter  14
The Future of Cooperative Cataloging: Curve, Fork, or Impasse?
ByJoan E. Schuitema
Pages 13

Cooperative cataloging has been defined as “the original cataloging of bibliographic items through the joint action of a group of independent libraries which make bibliographic records accessible to group members and sometimes to non-participating libraries as well.”1 Cooperative cataloging activities have been in existence for more than 100 years. During that time, cooperative

cataloging practices and structures have evolved in accordance with changing values, technologies, and institutional needs. However, the road has not always been smooth and the future of cooperative cataloging has often been questioned. More projects than not have failed. Today, the future of cooperative cataloging seems once again to be in question. Cataloging values are in flux, the technologies associated with generating and sharing metadata are constantly changing, and the discovery needs of our institutions are rapidly shifting to keep up with single search box interfaces such as Google that are prevalent on the Internet today.