Reading this as I enter into a cataloging position made it more interesting to me. However, his long-winded overtly academic style made me skim a lot of it. Still, there were some valid points. I don't think we'll ever be able to fund the full-scale scholarly catalogers that Bade dreams of again. He makes some arguments for this, but offers no practical suggestions -- I guess compromise is not part of his plan. "Library research is, then, a fairly simple net computing system. Like most such net systems and indeed like most current optimization routines, library research relies heavily on browsing, which can be defined somewhat formally as random inspection of a local knowledge vicinty for items with a high probability of payoff, particularly in terms of taking one to productive new localities. It is crucial to recognize that this happens at many different levels in library research, not just at one: within books as one turns pages, on shelves as one searches for books, in the stacks as one walks by unknown call numbers, in bibliographic indexes and other research tools as one glances through topics,and so on. In all these cases, the power of browsing is great. Note that browsing is a constant concomitant of library research, not an occasional activity within it. Browsing is always going on and gaining knowledge from browsing is not a rare, serendipitous event but rather a constant routine one.""Once reliability is seriously questioned, trust is impossible and the entire system collapses: the database in its entirety is suspect and no longer usable."The long piece in this book is Politics and policies for database qualities. There is also a reproduction of the author's letter to Autocat concerning LC's series treatment decision, May 31, 2006, a shorter piece called Structures, standards and the people who make them meaningful, and an appendix/handout (sample marc, etc. records).