Press Contact: Jean Hirons, CONSER Coordinator (202) 707-5947; John Sayers, Public Affairs (202) 707-9216

July 28, 1998

Coperative Online Serials Program Celebrates 25TH Anniversary With New Training Initiative

At its 25th anniversary reception held at the Library of Congress on June 28 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Library Association (ALA), the Cooperative Online Serials (CONSER) Program unveiled a new training initiative in serials cataloging that will take advantage of new technologies, including the World Wide Web.

Brian Schottlaender, Associate University Librarian for Collections Development and Technical Services, UCLA, and chair of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), described the program as "groundbreaking" in its attempts to standardize training materials, make use of new technologies and serve as a cooperative endeavor among various library groups. A pilot for the project, cosponsored with the North American Serials Interest Group and ALA Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, is planned for spring 1999.

"CONSER can be very proud of the foundation that it has provided" said Winston Tabb, Associate Librarian for Library Services. "CONSER has had a major impact on the development of the PCC in its current governance structure, in the formation of the Bibliographic Cooperative (BIBCO) Operations Committee and in the many task forces and standing committees that enable broad participation at every level."

The CONSER Program, managed by the Library of Congress, began as the Conversion of Serials Project in 1973 with the aim of converting 200,000 serial bibliographic records to machine- readable form for use in union catalogs. Today, CONSER's achievements include a database of more than 825,000 records created and maintained by CONSER participants and used worldwide, two standard tools for serials cataloging -- the CONSER Editing Guide and CONSER Cataloging Manual -- and a diverse membership of 30 libraries and organizations. In October 1997, CONSER became the serials cataloging component of the PCC, which the Library of Congress serves as Secretariat.

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PR 98-112
ISSN 0731-3527

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