ERIC Number: ED448771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
LC21: A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.
The Library of Congress asked the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Academies to conduct a study to provide strategic advice concerning the information technology path that the Library of Congress should traverse over the coming decade. The Committee on an Information Technology Strategy for the Library of Congress, convened by the CSTB, focused its efforts on the present and future of information systems and technologies that are intimately tied to the mission of the Library. The committee emphasizes that the heart of what it learned from this study and the heart of the Library's future are in these areas: inventing a new form for acquiring and preserving materials that includes digital information in all its forms, in particular information that is born digital; opening itself to broader and deeper dialogue with the world of information professionals beyond its walls; finding the management vision and will to make paradigmatic change happen in the organization; and investing in the technology infrastructure required to support such change. The Executive Summary provides an outline of the report's conclusions and presents the findings and recommendations. The other sections of the report include: "Digital Revolution, Library Evolution"; "The Library of Congress: From Jefferson to the Twenty-First Century"; "Building Digital Collections"; "Preserving a Digital Heritage"; "Organizing Intellectual Access to Digital Information: From Cataloging to Metadata"; "The Library of Congress and the World Beyond its Walls"; "Management Issues; and Information Technology Infrastructure." Following an Afterword and a Bibliography are appendices containing biographies of committee members, briefers at plenary meetings and site visits, a list of letters received, and a glossary of acronyms. (Contains a 23-page subject-themed bibliography.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Information Systems, Information Technology, Library Administration, Library Automation, Library Collections, Library Development, Library Planning, Library Services, Library Technical Processes, Technology Planning
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.