Contact: Jean Hirons (202) 707-5947
October 28, 1994
Conser Welcomes New York Public Library
The CONSER (Cooperative Online Serials) Program, coordinated by the Library of Congress, announces that the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library (NYPL) has joined the program. As a "full level" participant, NYPL will create, modify, and maintain bibliographic and authority records for serials in the CONSER database and contribute to the technical development of CONSER and serials cataloging through participation in the Policy and Operations committees.
The New York Public Library has a collection of more than 400,000 serial titles covering a broad range of topics in many languages. The Serial Cataloging Section, which will be the first group to work with CONSER, catalogs all Roman-alphabet serials in print, microform, and electronic or mixed media formats. NYPL was a pioneer in the automation of cataloging. It began with a local system in 1972 and since 1981 has been contributing its cataloging to national databases on RLIN and OCLC.
According to Karen Hsu, Chief of the Cataloging Division, "For many years, NYPL had contemplated joining CONSER. We have always believed that cooperative operations are the best way to share resources and that participation in national cooperative endeavors provides the best opportunity to help make decisions on critical cataloging issues. We are very excited about joining CONSER and look forward to contributing whatever we can to the program."
Ms. Hsu will serve as the representative to the CONSER Policy Committee. Edith Gewertz, Head of the NYPL Serial Cataloging Section, will serve as the representative to the CONSER Operations Committee. The Research Libraries have nine full-time serial catalogers. Once training has been completed, NYPL expects to contribute more than 8,000 records per year to the CONSER database. NYPL records for preservation microform masters are also being entered into the CONSER database via the National Register of Microform Masters project. OCLC is creating CONSER records for preservation masters held by NYPL, Harvard University, and the Library of Congress under contract with the Association of Research Libraries.
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