Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control releases draft report

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The Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control has released its draft final report.  It is now available for comment until December 15, 2007.  Comments can be submitted through the  website at http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/contact/

The report highlights five general recommendations (from the Press Release from the Library of Congress Public Affairs Office):

  • Increase the efficiency of bibliographic production for all libraries through cooperation and sharing of bibliographic records and through use of data produced in the overall supply chain.
  • Transfer effort into high-value activity. In particular, provide greater value for knowledge creation by leveraging access for unique materials held by libraries that are currently hidden and underused.
  • Position technology by recognizing that the World Wide Web is libraries’ technology platform as well as the appropriate platform for standards. Recognize that users are not only people but also applications that interact with library data.
  • Position the library community for the future by adding evaluative, qualitative and quantitative analyses of resources. Work to realize the potential of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) framework.
  • Strengthen the library and information science profession through education and through development of metrics that will inform decision-making now and in the future.
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