ERIC Number: ED180476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the Library of Congress in the Evolving National Network. Final Report.
Buckland, Lawrence F.; Basinski, William L.
This study of the role of the Library of Congress (LC) in the emerging national information network analyzed data gathered from 23 libraries and network organizations, and found that LC should assume leadership in network development activities by performing the major coordinating role in applying technology and acquiring funding for the technical and standards-related tasks required to link federal, multistate, state, and local systems into the national network. Other recommended activities include continuing LC's role in the creation and distribution of cataloging and authority control data, increasing its cataloging coverage, and reducing cataloging delays; establishing and maintaining an online national bibliographic database of cataloging and authority data to be accessed as a source of last resort by national network participants; continuing to create and maintain a national union catalog in machine-readable form for use by network participants; and expanding its information and training programs to inform the library community about the development and operational status of its activities and those of the network. Appendices list the study's advisory committee and the libraries and networks surveyed. (FM)
Descriptors: Cataloging, Information Networks, Information Systems, Library Cooperation, Library Networks, Library Role, Library Services, Library Surveys, National Libraries, National Norms, Online Systems
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 030-000-00102-8)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Network Development Office.