- Be willing to accept imperfection. In particular, take in copy cataloging without scrutiny, or with very select scrutiny, only paying attention to areas that are important for retrieval.
- Put less energy into the easy cases (recently published books) so that more can be spent on the special cases (archival materials, digital materials).
- Use vendor-supplied cataloging that comes with purchase of materials
- Find new partners. Many speakers suggested that libraries partner with publishers to get some metadata creation earlier in the supply chain.
- Do more cooperative cataloging; spread the work across more institutions
Interestingly, no one was willing to give up authority control. In fact, there was a desire to expand it into other areas such as article databases, although in the journal publishing area there were thoughts that authors could self-identify as part of publishing. There was a negative reaction to the idea of "social tagging." And there wasn't much discussion of the possible use of full text to either generate cataloging or to function in the place of cataloging.
In the end, none of the proposed solutions really appear to solve much of the problem. To begin with, any savings will merely free up staff to work on cataloging items that make up the real or virtual arrears: paper archives or the vast digital world that libraries hardly touch today. Many of the suggestions are details that would chip away at cataloging time but not really change how we do things. Nothing really radical or revolutionary was put forth.
I'll try to put out more detailed notes soon.