Quia Faciendum Est: Introduction

If there’s a harder speaking task than talking to catalogers about the imminent death of MARC (and that death is imminent), I don’t know what it is. It’s such a hard job that I found myself resorting to what for me is comfort art—Roman mosaics, which I love.

I can’t say I achieved miracles with this talk, given for the Potomac Technical Processing Librarians’ annual symposium; one attendee tried assiduously to convince me of the one true MARC way afterwards. I do think I managed to come across as non-threatening, though, which may well have been the best outcome possible.