Friday, June 04, 2004

Bibliographic Access to Digital Content

The Cataloging Management Team has endorsed two sets of recommendations to expand bibliographic access to digital content, which is Goal IV in the Cataloging Directorate Strategic Plan:

Recommendations for Modes of Cataloging for Electronic Resources calls for the Cataloging Directorate to apply three modes of cataloging for digital content: AACR2/MARC 21; MODS; and Web guides. The modes apply to monographs and integrating resources, both digitized and born-digital. A major recommendation calls for specifying an "access level" bibliographic record for electronic resources. The report sets bibliographic access into the context of the Digital Lifecycle Planning Framework, a planning tool to be used jointly by Library Services and the Office of Strategic Initiatives. This report was written by the Processing Rule Analysis Group, chaired by David Reser, senior cataloging policy specialist, Cataloging Policy and Support Office.

Recommended Workflows for Cataloging Electronic Resources
describes a workflow featuring:

  1. summaries of content to be supplied by recommending officers
  2. a selection review to ensure that digital content meets Library of Congress collection policy guidelines before it is cataloged
  3. an online traffic manager, TrackER, that will permit tracking and monitoring of all digital content submitted for cataloging.
The report was written by the Workflow Analysis Group, chaired by Sharon Tsai, acting chief of the Arts and Sciences Cataloging Division.

Seen in the LC Cataloging Newsline v. 12, no. 5 (2004)

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