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Friday, 30th October 2009

Just Released by Library of Congress: Reports on Bibliographic Record Production

From the News Release:

The Library of Congress is releasing today the results of its analysis of the creation and distribution of bibliographic data in U.S. and Canadian libraries.

The Library commissioned R2 Consulting LLC of Contoocook, N.H., to search and describe the current marketplace for cataloging records in the MARC format, with primary focus on the economics of current practices, including existing incentives and barriers to both contribution and availability. Paired with the study online is a report of an internal working group indicating how recommendations from "On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control" may be implemented at the Library. Both reports are available at www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/.

R2 summarizes its 10 findings concerning Library of Congress cataloging and how it supports bibliographic-description needs across the U.S. and Canada. The report indicates there is adequate cataloging capacity in North America, but distribution channels and cooperative use of the records have not achieved their full potential. It also describes the market for cataloging records as "conflicted," meaning that it faces demands to be commercially solvent as well as freely accessible and open.

See Also: New Report & Study Available

The Library commissioned R2 Consulting LLC to research and describe the current marketplace for cataloging records in the MARC format, with primary focus on the economics of current practices, including existing incentives and barriers to both contribution and availability. [Our emphasis] In addition, a new report from an internal working group indicates how recommendations from On the Record may be implemented at the Library.

Source: LC


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