BeCites+ (Bibliographies plus: Enhanced Citations with Indexes, Tables of contents, Electronic resources and Sources cited) enhances staff-produced bibliographies, and the catalog records for the titles included in such bibliographies, by adding links to their tables of contents, indexes, and sources cited. The project is an outgrowth of another continuing BEAT Project, the Digital Table of Contents project to enhance the catalog records of selected monographs in business and economics with links to their scanned tables of contents. It uses scanning and OCR to substantially enrich these traditional printed bibliographies. Links in the catalog records are made for each type of data file created for the work in question as well as between all the related files for any work for which a Web file is included.
Completed works within this project include guides on business history, Thomas Jefferson, and materials on Immigrant Arrivals to the United States. Works in progress cover guides to film collections and manuscripts from monasteries on Mount Athos, additional resources on business, and a guide to Ladino publications in the Library of Congress. Another recent initiative has been the scanning and conversion to text of heavily used, but out-of-print guides to Library collections whose individual items are not easily identified in the Library’s online catalog.
Here is a snapshot of some other of the various BeCites+ projects.
Scanning of selected front and back matter from a selection of guides from the Prints and Photographs Division is in process or has been completed including:
Digitization of the full text of LC guides
Scanning has completed for all of the initial 12 titles proposed by the Center and the full text of eight publications originally issued in print form by the Center for the Book are now available. Long out of print but still in high demand, these publications detail the history and activities of the Center for the Book (such as The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress: the Planning Year) and special collections of the Library related to the mission of the Center to "promote books, reading, libraries, and literacy" (such as Books in Action: The Armed Services Editions). This group of eight are part of an ongoing project to digitize selected CFB publications which has been undertaken by the Center in cooperation with the BEAT BeCites+ Project, which works cooperatively with public service and cataloging areas of the Library to make Library-produced guides available on the Library's web pages, enhancing their content and linking them to appropriate records in the Library's catalog. Links to all of the titles available online are available from the Center for the Book Publications page at http://www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook/pub-lis.html, the BeCites+ Project page at http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/guide/currproj.html#digitized , and from the catalog records for the individual titles in the Library's OPAC http://catalog.loc.gov. For further information on the project, contact either John Y Cole, Director of the Center for the Book at [email protected] or Carolyn Larson, BeCites+ Project Manager at [email protected]
An expanded version of the 1964 edition is well underway, with links being created in n the Hispanic Division between the bibliographic descriptions in the guide and 1240 tiff, jpeg, and thumbnail images from approximately 412 ladino publications.
Editing is complete for this work and HTML work has begun. It is hoped that this work will be complete and mounted by ALA.
Developed in cooperation with the Prints and Photographs Division, the scanning of the complete run of this title (published from 1974-1985) should be complete shortly.
Information concerning the titles in the project are available online, and the list of enhanced bibliographies can be viewed at the project's web site, as can the the list of digitized LC publications
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