LoC Working Group to discuss future of bibliographic control

Newly formed group to make recommendations by november 2007 – 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 21st century.

Libraries are looking at ways to catalog the avalanche of both print and digital materials that come to them for classification and control, and library managers worldwide recognize the need to examine critically the role of the catalog and its relationship to other methods of finding information. 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, and
  • Advise the Library of Congress on its role and priorities.

More information on the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control are available at a special public Web site, www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/.

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