The ALCTS/CCS Research and Publications Committee (RPC) has recently added a bibliographic essay on federated search engines to its collection of essays on cataloging and classification research. First published in 1995, the essays, now ten in number, are intended as informal, practical tools for those in search of research topics or short reviews of recent research.
Each bibliographic essay summarizes the most important works on cataloging-related subjects, highlighting areas where additional research is needed. All conclude with a list of works cited and additional articles on the topic. The RPC reviews and updates the essays annually, adding new ones as needed. Other topics revised in the past few years include electronic resources, metadata systems, subject indexing and classification, and use and contents of catalogs and other databases. In the near future, the RPC plans to add one on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), an initiative with a substantial literature.
The committee hopes the compilation of essays is of value to the cataloging community. The essays are available on the
ALCTS Web site. To provide feedback on the essays or suggest topics for future essays, please contact
Norm Medeiros, RPC Chair.