ERIC Number: ED454868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
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Descriptive Resource Needs from the Reference Perspective: Report on a Survey of US Reference Librarians.
Larson, Carolyn; Arret, Linda
This paper presents a discussion of what reference librarians require with regard to the bibliographic control of networked resources, based on 200 responses to a survey of U.S. reference providers and on comments made at an open meeting on this topic sponsored by the Library of Congress at the July 2000 American Library Association Annual Meeting. The first section describes the survey focus, the survey instrument, the selection process for respondents, and characteristics of the respondents. The second section discusses findings in the following areas: (1) how libraries are providing control for World Wide Web resources; (2) the degree of satisfaction with the current situation; (3) descriptive needs (i.e., cataloging elements) professional reference providers feel to be essential; (4) additional descriptive elements cited by reference providers; (5) optimum levels of library and metadata descriptions; (6) single versus multiple records for works appearing in multiple formats; (7) improved interaction between metadata and present-day technologies; and (8) problems related to the "disappearing" Web, copyright issues, enhanced searching, use of metatags, and controlled vocabulary. (Contains 37 notes.) (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Cataloging, Librarians, Library Services, Library Surveys, Metadata, Reference Services, User Needs (Information), World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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