sponsored by the Library of Congress Cataloging Directorate
What Long-Term Cooperative Partnerships Should Libraries Explore in the Digital World?
University of Michigan
818 Hatcher Library South
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205
The Conference topical discussion groups are for the purpose of identifying recommendations made by the speakers and commentators in their presentations and for developing recommended actions and an overall action plan for discussion and approval by the Conference in its concluding plenary session. Each topical discussion group consists of a facilitator who, with a designated number of participants, is assigned a specific topic related to the presentations that will serve as the focal point for identifying recommendations and deriving recommended actions and an overall action plan. Each group will also have an LC staff member to take notes and capture highlights throughout the discussion.
In a few cases, topics for the topical discussion groups are assigned to address near-term and long-term directions. We have defined "near-term" to be a recommendation of an action that is "doable" in the range of 12 to 18 months, and "long-term" to be recommendations or actions accomplished within 2 to 5 years. These definitions have been applied to the following topic, which will involve one topical discussion group addressing near-term directions and a second group addressing long-term directions.Topic
Academic and research libraries have a distinguished history of leadership in the creation of cooperative partnerships aimed at making their collections widely available and accessible to scholars and researchers. These partnerships range from card-based union catalogs to today's WebPACs, and include a large and broad range of successful collaborative efforts such as the Name Authority Cooperative Project (NACO), Subject Authority Cooperative Project (SACO), Cooperative Online Serials Program (CONSER), and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), to name just a few. This leadership continues today, but still remains largely focused on the physical collections that are associated with these libraries, such as books, journals, maps, and the like. With the introduction and development of the Web within this last decade, these libraries have witnessed a sea change: enormous amounts of networked resources have been published and made available; and, perhaps of greater significance, important research material is increasingly being mounted and delivered via global networks. Given this belated recognition of the growing centrality of the Web, how do these libraries catch up? How, for instance, can they extend the kinds of cooperative efforts they developed for the bibliographic control of print materials to networked resources on the Web? In the conference papers on the topic of "Exploring Partnerships," Michael Kaplan explores the role of libraries as partners with vendors in bringing Web resources under bibliographic control, while Regina Reynolds examines the potential partnerships of libraries with publishers in using publisher-supplied metadata to create catalog records. In the National Academy of Sciences report: LC21: A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress (http://www.nap.edu/books/0309071445/html/), it notes the current transition to digital content calls for "extraordinary, unprecedented collaboration and coordination." Although directed to LC, it has implications for other research libraries who might become LC's collaborators. It is also noteworthy that the report envisions collaboration throughout all areas of library work and activities. In addition to bibliographic control efforts, it cites the building of digital collections, digital preservation, and the management of skilled professional and technical staff. Among potential partners mentioned are other libraries, publishers, consortia, the metadata community, and commercial service providers.Assignment:
In this assignment, we are asking you to develop a prioritized list of 4-6 recommended cooperative partnerships that academic, research, and national libraries could undertake in the long term (2-5 years) to address some of the many pressing issues surrounding the bibliographic control of scholarly resources on the Web. There is one exception, cooperative partnerships relating to the development of metadata standards are covered in Topical discussion group 8. We believe this list would provide some much needed guidance for library administrators, and particularly for technical services administrators who, though committed to organizing and providing intellectual access to these resources, lack the extensive human and monetary resources to undertake them singly.Procedures:
Your topical discussion group is organized into two parts to cover the two Conference days in which you meet.
Once you have finalized the prioritized list of criteria, the LC recorder will input it to a computer and a Powerpoint presentation will be created for your facilitator to present to conferees.Presentation and Action Plan:
Your facilitator will present the prioritized list of long-term cooperative partnerships and strategies for discussion and approval in the closing session of the conference. Conferees will use this list along with the prioritized recommendations presented by the facilitators of the other topical discussion groups to develop an overall action plan that the Library of Congress can carry forward from the Conference.