Technological Changes In Public Libraries
However, a lot of users see the library as more of a last resort because they associate the library with books. They think of it as a place to pick up a book they know is on the shelf not a place to do research. With the use of electronic resources, such as journals and websites, on the rise, the amount of information at one 's fingertips can become overwhelming. Even if the catalog is no longer the library 's primary user service, catalogers are still tasked with creating accurate records to ensure the requested materials are found. The analysis they provide significantly improves the user 's access to a multitude of resources. In a sense, libraries found a way to go to the user, rather than waiting for them to come to the library.
There are several factors that will determine the role of the library catalog in the future. As library catalogs transition from a world of physical distribution to one of digital distribution we will start to see them being used beyond their traditional role. Cataloging, like most areas in the field, is impacted by trends and technological advances. Current library catalogs don 't allow for customization or provide much flexibility for future development. Therefore, libraries have started to look at new interfaces to better position themselves for