[okfn-discuss] Submitting comments to the Library of Congress?

Paul Miller Paul.Miller at talis.com
Mon Dec 10 08:51:53 UTC 2007

/me raises hand. Waves it madly.

Rob (Styles) - how far had you got in drafting your own response to  


Dr Paul Miller
Technology Evangelist, Talis
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On 8 Dec 2007, at 02:15, Jonathan Gray wrote:

> Hi all,
> The Library of Congress has asked for comments on a draft produced  
> by a
> Working Group they initiated on the 'Future of Bibliographic Control'.
> As some of you may have seen I recently blogged about this:
> http://blog.okfn.org/2007/12/06/the-future-of-bibliographic-control-and-licensing-policies-for-bibliographic-data/
> The deadline for public comments is 15th December. I think it would be
> great if we could submit some brief notes on the potential benefits of
> openly licensing bibliographic data!
> Does anyone know if any groups or individuals have already submitted
> comments along these lines?
> Can anyone think of any organisations/individuals who might be
> interested in helping out with this?
> Regards,
> Jonathan
> -------- Original Message --------
> Date:   Fri, 30 Nov 2007 11:13:26 -0500
> From:   Public Affairs Office <pao at loc.gov>
> To:     bbro at loc.gov
> 101 Independence Avenue SE
> Washington DC 20540
> Phone: (202) 707-2905
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> November 30, 2007
> Press contact: John Sayers (202) 707-9216; jsay at loc.gov
> Public contact: Beth Davis-Brown (202) 707-3301, bbro at loc.gov
> The Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control has released
> its draft report on the future of bibliographic description in light  
> of
> advances in search engine technology, the popularity of the Internet  
> and
> the influx of electronic information resources.
> In November 2006, Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for Library
> Services at the Library of Congress, convened a group made up of
> representatives of several organizations—American Association of Law
> Libraries, American Library Association (ALA), Association of Research
> Libraries (ARL), Coalition for Networked Information, Medical Library
> Association, National Federation of Abstracting & Indexing Services,
> Program for Cooperative Cataloging and Special Libraries Association— 
> and
> vendors (Google, OCLC and Microsoft)— to examine the role of
> bibliographic control and other descriptive practices in the evolving
> information and technology environment, and to make recommendations to
> the Library and to the larger library community.
> The group's recommendations, available at its Web site at
> www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/
> <ttp://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/"> , emphasized the role of  
> the
> Library of Congress not as a sole supplier, but rather as an important
> leader in the cataloging world. "We recognize that you do not have the
> resources to do everything," said Olivia Madison, representing ARL.
> "These recommendations are not for the Library of Congress alone but  
> are
> intended for the entire library and library vendor communities."
> The report highlights five general recommendations:
>      * 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.
> “I am very pleased with the approach taken by the working group,"  
> Marcum
> said. "Instead of focusing solely on the Library of Congress, the
> members of the group looked at the bibliographic ecosystem and thought
> deeply about the contributions that can and should be made by all of  
> its
> parts. We are already doing in an experimental way many of the things
> suggested by the Working Group in its presentation. Once the final
> report is received, our challenge will be to analyze the
> recommendations, decide on which ones should be implemented and move
> beyond pilot projects and tests.”
> The report is available for public comment through Dec. 15. The final
> report will be released by Jan. 9, 2008, in time for the midwinter
> meeting of the American Library Association.
> # # #
> PR 07-244
> 11-30-07
> ISSN 0731-3527
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