News: From the Profession

Library of Congress LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control Established

Advances in search-engine technology, the popularity of the Internet and the influx of electronic information resources have greatly changed the way libraries do their work. To address those changes, the Library of Congress has convened a Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control to examine the future of bibliographic description in the twenty-first century. Building on the work and results of the Library's Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium (2001), the new group will:

  • Present findings on how bibliographic control and other descriptive practices can effectively support management of and access to library materials in the evolving information and technology environment
  • Recommend ways in which the library community can collectively move toward achieving this vision
  • Advise the Library of Congress on its role and priorities

Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services, hosted the first meeting. Marcum is the convener of the group and will receive its recommendations. The Working Group will submit recommendations by November 2007.

Members of the Working Group are:

  • José-Marie Griffiths, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chair)
  • Richard Amelung for the American Association of Law Libraries
  • Diane Dates Casey, Janet Swan Hill, and Sally G. Smith for the American Library Association
  • Brian E.C. Schottlaender, Olivia M.A. Madison, and Judith Nadler representing the Association of Research Libraries
  • Gary Price for the Special Libraries Association
  • Robert Wolven for the Program for Cooperative Cataloging
  • Daniel Clancy for the Google Company
  • Jay Girotto, Microsoft Corporation
  • Clifford A. Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information
  • Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC

Library Services Executive Secretariat Beth Davis-Brown, LC, will assist the group. More information on the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control is available online.

Library of Congress to Launch New Cataloging and Acquisitions Web site

The Library of Congress will launch a new Cataloging and Acquisitions web site during the first week of January 2007. It will provide a single integrated source for all cataloging and acquisitions-related material available from the Library of Congress. It will replace the current Cataloging (, Cataloging Policy and Support Office (, and Acquisitions ( websites.

The site will also include links to cataloging and acquisitions-related material on other websites that are maintained LC, such as the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, MARC Standards, and the Cataloging Distribution Service. Users who have bookmarked the former sites will automatically be redirected to the new Cataloging and Acquisitions home page. All material available on the three current sites will be accessible via the new site. The Cataloging and Acquisitions website will offer easier navigation, improved organization, and better integration with other parts of the LC site. The new home page is organized by topics of interest rather than by divisions or offices in the Library of Congress organization chart.

The Library of Congress web site offers more information about the new web site.

ARL Final Report on Digital Data Stewardship Workshop Now Available

The final report of the ARL Workshop on digital data stewardship, “To Stand the Test of Time: Long-term Stewardship of Digital Data Sets in Science and Engineering,” is now available.

The report examines the role of research and academic libraries with other partners in the stewardship of scientific and engineering digital data. Workshop participants explored issues concerning the need for the new partnerships and collaborations among domain scientists, librarians, and data scientists to better manage digital data collections, necessary infrastructure development to support digital data, and the need for sustainable economic models to support long-term stewardship of scientific and engineering digital data for the Nation’s cyberinfrastructure.

AUTOCAT Finds a New Home

AUTOCAT, a semimoderated international electronic discussion list devoted to the topics of cataloging and authority control, was founded in October 1990 by Nancy Keane at the University of Vermont. Brenda Hutchins, also at the University of Vermont, moderated the list in 1992. In April 1993, the list moved to the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY) when Judith Hopkins became listowner. Judith Hopkins and Douglas Winship moderated the list. AUTOCAT has become a staple for catalogers, and an international online community was created. It is the place where many catalogers go to seek help with difficult cataloging and authority issues, to post announcements, and to share information.

After being hosted by SUNY-Buffalo for a number of years, AUTOCAT is moving to Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. The new listowners (who are also AUTOCAT subscribers) are Sarah Theimer, Principal Cataloger and Assistant Department Head in the Cataloging Department of Syracuse University's main library, Daniel CannCasciato, Head of Cataloging, Central Washington University, and Marc Truitt, Associate Director, Information Technology Resources and Services, University of Alberta Libraries. Ms. Theimer will serve as Syracuse’s official representative in the collective ownership. Mr. CannCasciato and Mr. Truitt will handle the daily activities associated with running the list. Judith Hopkins will remain as a quiet listowner. The work of transferring the list, including the archives, is in progress.