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June 24, 1994

Cataloger's Desktop CD-ROM Now Available from the Library of Congress

Nine of the most popular cataloging publications from the Library of Congress are now accessible on one convenient CD-ROM disc, available only from the Library's Cataloging Distribution Service. Cataloger's Desktop offers fingertip access to the latest editions of: Library of Congress Rule Interpretations; Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings; Subject Cataloging Manual: Classification; USMARC Concise Formats; USMARC Format for Authority Data; and all of the USMARC Code Lists: Languages, Countries, Geographic Areas, and Relators, Sources, Description Conventions. Until now, all publications have been available only as printed material.

With Cataloger's Desktop, users can find relevant rules quickly through a variety of approaches: a table of contents viewer; boolean, keyword, phrase, and proximity searches; or from index references. Hypertext links established by LC cataloging experts provide simultaneous access to all databases, making it easy to move from relevant sections of one publication to another with a single keystroke. All this can be done without leaving the - workstation--a user simply "pulls up" the program on the personal computer while cataloging.

Files can be customized to suit a user's needs. Each user can create a personal file with a password. Personalized notes, bookmarks, highlighting, and links can be included. The notes can also be applied to each update of the product without having to file new pages or manually transfer important information.

Cataloger's Desktop is a subscription product with quarterly, fully cumulated issues. The entire text of the USMARC Format for Bibliographic Data will be added with the second quarterly issue. In the future, other cataloging tools will be added to the product.

Cataloger's Desktop prices*: Single User, $870 in North America, $875 outside North America. Each Additional Simultaneous User: $160 in North America and outside North America (includes additional set of documentation). *Note: The single user price covers one person using the product at a time, although several people may have access to the product on a LAN. If more than one person will be using the product at the same time, an additional simultaneous user license must be purchased. To calculate the expected number of simultaneous users, an acceptable rule of thumb is that there is likely to be one individual using Cataloger's Desktop at a time for every 10 who have access (e.g., 1-10 have access = single user price; 11-20 = single user price plus one simultaneous user license; 21-30 = single user price plus two simultaneous user licenses, etc.). If your LAN can monitor simultaneous usage for this product, and your actual usage exceeds this guideline, you must purchase additional user licenses commensurate with your usage.

To order Cataloger's Desktop, to request either a 3.5" demonstration diskette or a demonstration CD-ROM (both are free), or to receive a copy of the system requirements, contact: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service, Customer Services Section/Dept. EF, Washington, DC 20541-5017. Telephone: in the U.S. call toll-free 1-800-255-3666 or call (202) 707-6100. Fax: (202) 707-1334. TDD: (202) 707-0012.

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PR 94-105
ISSN 0731-3527

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