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Tuesday, January 27, 2009


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Anyone else find it ironic that LC is paying a consulting company to study the economic marketplace for a record standard it manages?


Am I reading this correctly to imply that LC might be competing with OCLC one of these days...? If so, is there some connection with OCLC's updated approach to the use of their records?

Christine Schwartz

My take is that the Library of Congress wants to "get out of the cataloging business." But they need to take the slow, gradual approach. Last year it was the working group report. This year it's this study. I think they want some other organization to step in and do cataloging for print materials, so they can focus solely on digital resources.

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