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Future of Cataloging, Resource Description, Indexing and Abstracting, and their Impact on the Role of Information Professionals

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The catalog contains every bit of information required about the resource and therefore again is regarded as an effective tool for information handling purpose. The description contained by the catalog can be of any type that is if one goes out to buy a DVD he gets a catalog referring to the cast, story, producer, and date of production as well. These tools have greatly eased the searching capability of individuals in this fast moving global age. I would like to entertain with a few facts that relate to the wide acceptance of cataloging.

The world is becoming a global village. The Internet is the source for this close, fast and direct communication between different nations. Within the last 20 odd years, the web has gained extreme popularity. Whatever is required is available on the web. Now people can have focus databases from the entire world within seconds and can easily manipulate their PEST analysis accordingly. How has the web helped the businesses develop? For that one needs to understand a few jargons: These businesses need to have efficient catalogs in order to sell/market their products effectively.

Online buying is the most apparent example of cataloging. There are benefits associated with this scheme. One would ask why people switch to buying online rather than visiting stores and feeling the actual experience. There are sites that let you buy directly from manufacturers, online versions of regular retail stores, auctions, specialty sites, comparison sites, group buying sites and so on. Some sell items, others give advice and still others search the Internet to find you the best deal. Looking at this one may wonder how easy it gets to buy online, you simply have to just type in a word or words that best describe what you're looking for.

Use product name, manufacturer or type. After you enter your search words, you'll get a list of items matching your description. Here you can witness the resource description as it contains almost all the information required for buying purposes.  

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