Future of bibliographic control

workinggroup.jpgI am a member of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control convened by Deanna Marcum of the Library of Congress.

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. [About - Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (Library of Congress)]
The group will report its findings in November 2007. The group has had one meeting [pdf] and decided a course of action. We have an interesting and complex task ahead of us.

Comments: 5

Dec 12, 2006
John Kirriemuir

That looks like the same tank-top you were wearing when you interviewed me for the post of UKOLN Information Officer in 1995. Time for a clothes shopping trip, perhaps - or is it a subtle hint to your other half about what you want for Christmas :-)

Dec 14, 2006
Bill Drew

How about practicing bibliographic liberation instead of control?

Dec 15, 2006
Paul Miller

In a point similar to Bill's, it would be good to hear about the extent to which models of access and distribution are on the table here.

In a podcast recorded this week, the working group and its mandate did come up for discussion - and I was instructed to ensure that they received a copy.

http://blogs.talis.com/panlibus/archives/2006/12/data_are_the_ch.php

Does a blog comment to one of the participants count as me achieving my objective?

Dec 17, 2006
Lorcan Dempsey

Paul, I can certainly pass on any input.

Dec 18, 2006
Paul Miller

Thanks, Lorcan... :-)