Why bother with an OPAC anymore?

Why bother with an OPAC anymore?

While I don't agree and do think most (read most- not all) OPACs are doomed. This author has some points.

blyberg.net » Why bother: the impact of social OPACs: "First, I want to be clear that I don’t think we are doomed if we choose not to implement social software in our OPACs. Libraries will not cease to function if we don’t address the shortcomings of our online catalogs. It is very clear to me, however, that the OPAC is an empty vessel, waiting to be filled. Since their inception, OPACs have done the job intended by usurping the card catalog with stoic efficiency. Let’s be honest, though and admit that something special slipped out into the ether when those large, cumbersome drawers were toted out and replaced by luminescent portal we now know as the catalog station. That’s just the way it goes."

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