The Changing Nature of the Catalog and its Integration with Other Discovery Tools, prepared for the Library of Congress by Karen Calhoun, Cornell University Library
sponsored by the Library of Congress Cataloging Directorate
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Proceedings of the Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium (2001), 574 pages, ISBN 0-8444-1046-2 $45 North America/$50 outside North America
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DATES:November 15-17, 2000
PLACE:Library of Congress, accommodating approximately 125 attendees (including invited speakers and panelists, and participants), with consideration given to cybercasting. General sessions to be held in the Mumford Room; topical discussion groups in conference rooms.
INTENDED AUDIENCE:Librarians, who are versed in the use of AACR2 and metadata information schemes, including those providing reference and computer-based information services; metadata developers involved in applying metadata to Web resources; computer and other information specialists actively engaged in creating software tools to access Web content; library vendors developing next-generation WebPACS; Web authors and producers designing content for improved access.
PURPOSE AND GOALS:
To celebrate the Library of Congress's Bicentennial and its historic and outstanding role in providing national and international leadership to the library profession in the development of cataloging policy and to the library community in its production of standardized records to enable bibliographic control and access to resources in a variety of formats. It is the aim of this conference to bring together authorities in the cataloging and metadata communities to discuss outstanding issues involving improved discovery and access to Web resources within the framework of international standards. The focus of the conference is on an open discussion of the issues with primary attention on proposed solutions and action items which result. For this reason, presentations and panels are not intended merely to convey or update existing information but to frame the issues and fashion solutions to problems. The conference will produce recommendations that will help the Library of Congress, the framers of AACR, and the library profession develop and implement an effective response to the bibliographic challenges posed by the proliferation of Web resources.
The goals of the conference are:
In the course of the last five years, libraries have witnessed an explosion in the quantity of digital resources that have become available on the World Wide Web. These materials comprise a bibliographical mix of known types or genres (serials and other text-based items) and newer forms such as multimedia, home pages, databases, discussion forums, and online services. Within this period, libraries began to recognize the importance of digital resources and the need to make them an integral part of their collections. However, these resources have presented a number of cataloging problems related to their bibliographic control. Such problems involve content, format, and technology issues which have resulted in raising questions about the overall ability of established cataloging practice as embodied in the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2), and in the application of traditional library subject and classification tools, such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and Dewey Decimal Classification (DCC), to deal with these materials. As a consequence, various groups within the national cataloging community have undertaken separate but related, and in some cases, overlapping initiatives to address these problems.
At the same time, new metadata information schemes have been developed promising greater precision in the discovery and access to Web resources. Prominent among these schemes are the Dublin Core (DC), the Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). In tandem with the development of metadata schemes, there are a number of national and international projects underway that are exploring the creation and use of metadata, primarily for Web resources. Among these are OCLC's CORC (Cooperative Online Resource Catalog), the Nordic Metadata Project, and BIBLINK, to name just a few.
These different and diverse developments underscore the need to bring together leaders in the library and other metadata communities to discuss their work and to share their goals and contributions. This special Conference provides that opportunity with a program dedicated to the theme of promoting the effective organization of networked resources.
CONFERENCE FORMAT:Speakers will present formal summaries of key points and recommendations in contributed papers, which will be made available on an open electronic discussion list in advance of the Conference. All participants will be expected to read these papers in advance and offer feedback through contributions to the discussion list; the speakers will consider this feedback in preparing their presentations. Panelists will also contribute papers that they will summarize at the Conference. Speakers, panelists, and those summarizing session highlights will help to identify key topics and issues for participants to address in their recommendations and action plans. Topical discussion groups will further the effort to seek solutions to problems and derive action items, and to facilitate discussion on issues. It is anticipated that this format will engender energetic discussion of the theoretical and practical issues. Assembled conferees will consider the recommendations of the topical discussion groups and help to develop and prioritize them into a strategic plan.
CONFERENCE PROGRAM:Sessions and panel discussions address selected topics bearing on the conference theme. As currently projected, these include:
November 3, 2000