In class tonight, Dr. MacCall mentioned that many library vendors may be holding back in utilizing all of the available standards/technologies because of new standards which may or may not take off in the near future (i.e. RDA).
In my work (at a library vendor), we have taken an opposite approach. We feel that new standards which may be coming up are areas that we need to focus on in order to stay ahead of the curve. If we didn’t do this, then we would constantly be playing catch-up when new standards arise.
For instance, when LC/OCLC first started allowing MARC records cataloged using RDA last October, we immediately designed several options for processing RDA records that would suit the needs of different libraries (see this blog post for more info). We were also one of the 25 official test partners for LC’s RDA test.
It has amazed me in speaking with librarians from many institutions as well as other library vendors that most people are taking a wait-and-see type of attitude. To me, it would be extremely difficult to keep up with current standards if we waited for someone else to do it for us.