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January 25, 1995

Library of Congress To Feature New Initiatives at American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

The Library of Congress exhibition booth at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Philadelphia will offer visitors a chance to see the latest digital initiatives of the nation's library. The Library's booth number is 701. Exhibits booths are open February 4 through 6.

THOMAS, the online congressional database that debuted January 5, will be available as part of the demonstrations of the World Wide Web (WWW). New to the Library's WWW server is the on-line version of the Library exhibitions "The Gettysburg Address: Words That Shaped America" and "In the Beginning Was the Word: The Russian Church and Native Alaskan Cultures."

The THOMAS Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is or telnet (connect) to and login as thomas. The URL for the Library's WWW server is

Also being demonstrated will be LOCIS (Library of Congress Information System) on Internet. LOCIS offers, in addition to the Library's on-line catalog (books, microforms, serials, music, visual materials, manuscripts, etc.), copyright files and information about products of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

The address to telnet to LOCIS is

For those who want an easier method for searching LC's on-line catalog, ACCESS is the answer. A PC-based graphic interface, ACCESS allows off-site users who have the necessary hardware and software configuration to use a mouse (instead of having to remember a series of commands) to find the proper record quickly. Demonstrations will be given at ALA.

LC MARVEL (Machine-Assisted Realization of the Virtual Electronic Library), the Library's Campus-Wide Information System, will also be on view. MARVEL combines the vast amounts of information available about the Library with easy access to diverse electronic resources over the Internet.

LC MARVEL uses the Gopher software from the University of Minnesota. To access LC MARVEL, telnet to and login as marvel. Connection is also possible through a local Gopher client or another Gopher server by pointing to, port 70. It is also possible to connect to LOCIS from MARVEL.

Visitors to the booth will also be able to take a look at American Memory, a project that offers digitized versions of selected Library collections, including prints and photographs, manuscripts and motion pictures. Representatives will demonstrate four new collections that have been recently added to the Library's World Wide Web server as well as a new prototype CD-ROM developed for a special evaluation series.

The Center for the Book will have representatives on hand to answer questions about its reading promotion programs, including the center's national theme for 1995-96: "Shape Your Future--Read!"

Booth visitors can get information on the Library of Congress bimonthly magazine, Civilization.

The latest publications from the Library's Publishing Office, such as Jefferson's Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress, will be on display.

Information will also be available on the U.S. Copyright Office and the Traveling Exhibits Program.

The Cataloging Distribution Service will feature the following new and updated products:

  • Cataloger's Desktop. The 1995 subscription to Cataloger's Desktop now contains 10 full-text versions of LC cataloging publications.
  • CONSER Editing Quid , 1994 edition. A completely new, 572-page edition.

This two-volume publication incorporates changes resulting from format integration, adds variable fields relating to non-print serials, and updates the previous edition of the CEG.

  • CONSER Cataloging Manual, Update 2. This new update includes "Module 32, Microform Serials" as well as other revisions.
  • LOCIS Reference Manual and LOCIS Quick Search Guide. A print manual and a quick-reference guide for searching LOCIS over the Internet.
  • LC Classification Schedules. The new edition of H: Social Sciences is now available, the first schedule to be produced using a new MARC-based publishing process.
  • NACO Participants' Manual. A new step-by-step guide for any cataloger who creates authority records. Originally written for the 200 libraries that contribute to the Name Authority Cooperative Project (NACO). USMARC Format for Holdings Da , with updates I and 2. CDS offers a discounted package price on this publication, the standard for representation of machine-readable holdings data. The updates contain all the changes to the format approved by MARBI between 1990 and 1994.

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PR 95-007b
ISSN 0731-3527

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