Do you know what a “catablog” is? I didn’t (or at least I didn’t realize that I did) until I read this awesome post on the OCLC hangingtogether.org blog. A “catablog” can create searchable, browseable online presentations of collections, essentially a low budget collection management method.
I think blogs that promote certain key collections, like my favorites at the University of Washington or Duke University, can be considered catablogs. A blog can also organize a group of digital collections like ArchiveGrid.
In any event, you can and should read this whole post which not only points to an interesting report calledThe Metadata IS the Interface, but contains this quote which sums it all up for me:
“Archivists and librarians contribute to discovery when they discard illusions of neutrality and express their excitement for the materials and their opinions about their significance.”
I write this blog because I like to share my excitement over a variety of metadata, digital, and library topics. If it drives traffic to some unexpected places, I’ve done my job. So, in an effort to economically market any valuable digital resource like a special collection, why not blog?