Library of Congress Announces Action Plan Forum in Orlando


The Library of Congress's Cataloging Directorate is pleased to announce that the next in its series of Action Plan Forums will be held on Sunday, June 27, 10 a.m. - noon, in Sheraton World Resort Orlando, Okeechobee 2. ALCTS members are invited to attend this informative session.

Beacher Wiggins (Director for Cataloging, LC) will host the meeting, which he will begin by briefly highlighting recent accomplishments and activities regarding the initiatives included in the " Bibliographic Control of Web Resources: A Library of Congress Action Plan." Two major presentations will follow his introductory remarks.

Lynn Silipigni Connaway (Consulting Research Scientist, Office of Research, OCLC) will discuss a large collaborative research project, " Sense-making the Information Confluence: The Whys and Hows of College and University Users Satisficing of Information Needs," funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), as well as OCLC Online Computer Library Center and The Ohio State University (OSU). The investigators are Dr. Brenda Dervin (OSU) and Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Dr. Chandra Prabha (OCLC). The research project includes the study of users and also examines the differences between how practitioners and researchers look at users, how these differences impede understandings and practices, and what can be done about them.

Dave Reser (senior cataloging policy specialist, LC) will present the Library of Congress plan to provide bibliographic access for a wide range of digital content-- monographs and integrating resources, both digitized and born-digital. His "Recommendations for Modes of Cataloging for Electronic Resources" calls for the LC Cataloging Directorate to apply three modes of control for digital content: AACR2/MARC 21; Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), intended to be able to carry selected data from existing MARC 21 records as well as to enable the creation of original resource description records; and Web guides. To make MARC 21 affordable in the digital world, Reser and his colleagues call for defining a new "access level record," using Encoding Level 3 of the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format to denote it. The report sets bibliographic access into the context of the entire digital life cycle.

Reser's full report is available at http://www.loc.gov/catdir/stratplan/goal4wg2report.pdf. Topics covered in the report are grouped as follows: criteria for determining the appropriate mode of control for "born digital" resources; recommended modes of bibliographic control; record maintenance models for the recommended modes; and issues related to digital counterparts that need to be brought under bibliographic control by the directorate (e.g., items from LC's collection that have been digitized).

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