ERIC Number: ED441414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
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Inclusion of Information Covering Electronic Resources in National Bibliographies: Results of a Survey Conducted May-June 1998.
Byrum, John D.
This paper reports on the results of a survey conducted in spring 1998 to ascertain the extent to which National Bibliographic Agencies (NBAs) were providing coverage of publications in electronic formats. A total of 61 institutions, representing agencies in 59 countries, replied to the questionnaire. NBAs representing 34 countries indicated current coverage of at least one type of electronic resource. In most cases, national bibliographies including electronic resources began in the mid-late 1980s, in some cases expanding coverage to include remote access and interactive multimedia in the mid-1990s. Those that acquire electronic resources generally depend on Legal Deposit legislation, which is in a state of flux in many jurisdictions as laws are being updated to expand coverage. Of those already providing coverage for electronic materials in their national bibliographies, 28 reported that they will expand coverage of electronic materials in the future. Of those that currently do not provide coverage for any electronic materials, 22 are planning to initiate activity in this area in the near future. The survey included a series of questions on materials available through remote access. These are discussed, and research projects and reports related to electronic materials are identified. A follow-up investigation is recommended. (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Bibliographies, Cataloging, Electronic Libraries, Electronic Publishing, Foreign Countries, Internet, Library Surveys, Multimedia Materials, National Libraries
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United States