Tuesday, July 02, 2002

Archives

I've just noticed I've yet to mention the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC). This co-operative effort ranks with OCLC and RLIN as one of the most useful in the history of information description.
The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) is a free-of-charge cooperative cataloging program operated by the Library of Congress.

On the basis of cataloging data supplied by eligible repositories to the NUCMC program, NUCMC catalogers create MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) bibliographic records in RLIN (Research Libraries Information Network), a national-level database, describing collections held by participants, and establish pertinent name and subject authority headings. Descriptions and locations of the material are then available to researchers on RLIN throughout the United States and around the world.

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