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Creation and Distribution of MARC Records in US and Canadian Libraries

As part of the recommendations of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control a project to look at the “economics of current practices” of MARC record creation has been initiated. Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, will be working with the R2Consulting who will be carrying out the investigation and describing the “current ‘marketplace’ for MARC cataloging records.”

Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

The Library has recognized that its role as a producer of bibliographic data is changing and that other libraries have options as they consider sources for cataloging records. The conclusions outlined in a report issued last year, “On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control,” indicate that cataloging activity must be shared more broadly and equitably among all libraries. Before the Library considers any changes to its cataloging commitments or priorities, however, it is vital to understand the extent to which other libraries rely on its contributions.

In an effort to reach out to the cataloguing community and other interested parties R2Consulting have set up a social networking site to facilitate discussion and communication and you are encouraged to join the group.

They hope to have a final report submitted to LC before the annual ALA meeting.

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