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Provider-Neutral E-Monograph Record Task Group Report

This Provider-Neutral E-Monograph Record Task Group Report was released in March by the Task Group which was formed after the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Library Association.

The Provider-Neutral E-Monograph proposal is intended to encompass records for monographic titles that are simultaneously issued in print and online, digital reproductions of print resources, and born-digital resources.”

It is likely that the PCC Policy Committee will approve this proposal which would then apply to all PCC member libraries with some implications for non-PCC libraries who contribute records to OCLC.

The Task Group considered the following:

  • To develop a provider-neutral cataloging model for a single bibliographic record that could be used for all the instances of an online monograph. This is to include records for resources, that, in the past, have been cataloged variously as reproductions or electronic editions.
  • To recommend best practices for flexible use of these records in libraries.
  • To recommend ways to promote the use of these records among cataloging agencies and publishers/providers who create and issue cataloging copy for online monographic records.
  • To explore the feasibility of collapsing multiple records for electronic monographic resources in OCLC into single, provider-neutral records, and to make recommendations for implementing the process.

Includes appendices with Frequently Asked Questions about the Provider-Neutral E-Monograph Record and a chart comparing AACR2 Chapter 9, LCRI 1.11A and Proposed Provider-Neutral Model.


Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want – OCLC

A new OCLC report on online catalogues has been released by OCLC:  Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want.  The principal contributors were:
Karen Calhoun, Vice President, WorldCat and Metadata Services; Joanne Cantrell, Marketing Analyst; Peggy Gallagher, Market Analysis Manager; and Janet Hawk, Director, Market Analysis and Sales Programs.

“Selected research findings:

  • The end user’s experience of the delivery of wanted items is as important, if not more important, than his or her discovery experience.
  • End users rely on and expect enhanced content including summaries/abstracts and tables of contents.
  • An advanced search option (supporting fielded searching) and facets help end users refine searches, navigate, browse and manage large result sets.
  • Important differences exist between the catalog data quality priorities of end users and those who work in libraries.
  • Librarians and library staff, like end users, approach catalogs and catalog data purposefully. End users generally want to find and obtain needed information; librarians and library staff generally have work responsibilities to carry out. The work roles of librarians and staff influence their data quality preferences.”

Main page is here and executive summary here.