ERIC Number: ED459783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Uses and Usefulness of National Bibliographies: Which Perspectives?
This paper discusses the evolution of national bibliographies. The first section provides an overview of the development over the last 30 years of national bibliographies in the context of universal bibliographic control. The second section describes the following major functions of national bibliographies: (1) national bibliographies are set out in legal deposit law; (2) the national bibliography as memory; (3) the national bibliography as information on current publishing; (4) the national bibliography as bibliographic database; and (5) the national bibliography as saleable product. The third section considers the evolution and changing context of the different components of national bibliographies--the materials, the bibliography, and library automation infrastructure. The fourth section traces the natural evolution toward a national online bibliography of traditional materials and tangible electronic resources, including production and distribution. The fifth section considers the concept of a national bibliographic survey for online items. (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Bibliographic Databases, Bibliographies, Cataloging, Information Technology, Library Automation, Library Role, Library Services, National Libraries, Online Systems, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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