|Well, if you think
of the catalog as one piece of the resource discovery puzzle and think of the
non-integrated systems that we have now as a bunch of puzzle pieces (catalog,
journal A-Z lists, A&I, full-text, and local cgi interfaces, and random
web searching), the fact is that it is impossible to fit these pieces
together. Rebuilding one of these
things without the larger puzzle in mind is like painting ourselves into a
Greenstone, OCA, DLF-ERMI in a vacuum are not enough. Sometimes even local developers themselves
can lose site of the forest for the trees.
|This is sort of
where my theory on dis-integrated library system theory is
misunderstood. I do not really believe
that total dis-integration is what we are after. I *do* believe that it is necessary to
dismantle the systems we have in order to re-integrate our service options.