As a ‘metadata aggregator’ (and former cataloguer) the importance of cataloguing is to me self evident. However, even in the library community, I know that this feeling is not shared by all. That being said, the high attendance at IFLA’s Cataloguing session was very encouraging to see. Chaired by Anders Cato, Chair of the IFLA Standing Committee on cataloguing, the session was kicked-off by Hanne Hørl Hansen, who gave a presentation about the innovative way that relator codes are being used in Denmark. Inspired by an early (and later revised) draft of the Resource Description and Access (RDA), this methodology has been in place within the Danish cataloguing code for more than 12 months. So far, she has received no complaints from users, librarians or publishers. Despite some concerns voiced from the authority control community in the audience, Hansen highlighted that the benefits of the Danish method include the flexibility of displaying the data, the possibility for cooperation beyond the library community and the potential for participation in the semantic web. To me, three good benefits for considering such an approach further. Frank Förster was the next presenter to take to the stage. Förster preferred to give his paper in German, which unfortunately left many of the audience (including me) unprepared with the appropriate headsets to listen to the simultaneous translation. Even so, my school girl knowledge of German enabled me to feel that Förster gave an entertaining and informative presentation about how the Swedish translation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness can be placed within a wider context of related cultural heritage items using FRBRoo (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records Object Orientated). The final scheduled presentation was given by Jan Pisanski about the need for the library world (and beyond) to use internationally recognised global identifiers. Noting the importance of using authority records to contextualise bibliographic information for users (and librarians), Pisanski went on to explain that currently, internationally recognised identifiers are either missing, underused or inconsistently used within the library world. He concluded that when it comes to identifiers ‘something is better than nothing’. However, in the library community, we need ‘as accurate and extensive use of existing identifiers as possible’ and therefore need to raise awareness about the importance of using identifiers with our colleagues. Unfortunately the final presenter of the session, ‘Mabafokeng Makara, was unable to attend, which led to a wonderful opportunity for an impromptu presentation from Barbara Tillett about the current status and next steps for the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF). As an IFLA first-timer this was a great first introduction to the activities of IFLA’s Cataloguing Section. The closing words of the session were from Anders Cato to remind delegates about the Libraries and the Semantic Web session, which will take place on Sunday 15 August 2010 at 08:30 – 12:45 in Rooms F4-6. Definitely not a session to be missed!