Report from the Bibliographic Enrichment Advisory Team (BEAT) for ALA June 2001, San Francisco, CA

About BEAT

The Bibliographic Enrichment Advisory Team (BEAT) was formed in December 1992 as a Cataloging Directorate program to develop tools to aid catalogers, reference specialists, and searchers in creating and locating information. The Team seeks to enrich the content of Library of Congress bibliographic records as well as improve access to the data the records contain, and conducts research and development in areas that can contribute to furthering these efforts. Additional information regarding BEAT and its work may be fount at

Projects in progress:

Electronic-CIP Support (ECIP)
As the number of publishers participating in the Library´┐Żs E-CIP program increases, BEAT seeks to support the incorporation of similarly increasing the number of TOC in E-CIP records. More than 3,500 E-CIP records have now been created and it is expected that the number of TOC records associated with these CIP records will increase due to the steady expansion of the E-CIP program during the next few years. During fiscalear 2000, TOC data were included in the MARC records for approximately 21% (approximately 600 of the then 3000 titles processed as E-CIPs). The hope is that ultimately TOC data will be reflected in as many as 50% of E-CIP titles. Information about the CIP program may be obtained at // .

Begun as a pilot project in 1996, BEOnline (Business and Economics Online), this project has become the first of the BEAT activities to move from demonstration or production mode to mainstream ongoing cataloging work in the Cataloging Directorate. The initiative is now under the aegis of the Library's Special Cataloging Materials Division, where it has now stepped out onto the real-world stage of production level cataloging. BEAT's BEOnline+ Team remains to support the transition. BEOnline+ has already undertaken the first phase of recruitment and training for this project. Interested parties may visit for current status and future developments regarding this project.

Tables of Contents /Digital Tables of Contents
The Digital Tables of Contents project creates machine readable TOC data from TOC surrogates, and materials are subsequently HTML-encoded and placed on a server at the Library. The process cross-links the TOC to underlying MARC catalog records, and makes links from the catalog to the enriched data provided by the TOC. Both the MARC catalog records and the linked TOC data may be viewed through a Web browser by accessing the Library's online catalog. At present more than 2,600 TOC have been created and linked, and because of interest in these files and perhaps because of Internet indexing, more that 230,000 hits on the TOC files section of the Cataloging Directorate Web pages had been recorded.

New and Expanded Projects Planned for 2001-2002

BECites+/Area Portals/Subject Pathfinders
Begun in 1999, the BECites+ initiative pursues the goal of enhancing traditional printed library bibliographies not only by placing them on the Web in electronic form, but also by including annotated citations, tables of contents, indexes, and back-of-book bibliographies cited therein. Furthermore, reciprocal links are made between all of these data elements and the online catalog record for each title in the bibliography selected for a BECites+ project as well as to the electronic "webliography" in which it is cited. This cross-linkage results in enhanced information retrieval, as each of the links connects a searcher to other related resources and to an electronic bibliography on the same or similar theme. Finally, links to pertinent online journal indexes, other related web resources, and to applicable subject headings in the Library's OPAC are also included. The project will complete projects currently in progress and expand into new areas within the Library's Public Services and Area Studies. In addition, the project expects to expand the capabilities of deliverables: expanded metadata, and expanded web links to sites and related sources (modeled on the prototypes for this initiative).

Among the subjects being developed in coordination with the Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Division are materials on Thomas Jefferson, two sets of materials dealing with immigrant arrivals, and information regarding small business and entrepreneurship. More information about BECites+ may be found at //

With Area Studies representatives, BEAT will support the Area Studies Portals initiative. This project is designed to provide access to online resources for all international regions of the world. CORC Pathfinders will be one product of this initiative.

ONIX is a means of representing book industry product information that is being used by some publishers today to communicate that data electronically. The team has two ONIX-related initiatives awaiting development this year: Implementing a project to utilize data from existing files within the scope of BEAT interests, notably TOC; and, exploring the possibility of using ONIX for "outgoing" records with NewBooks (see below) distribution.

Support development and roll out of the NewBooks Program
NewBooks is an initiative under which participating publishers will provide information about forthcoming books to the Library of Congress, which in turn will make information available on its web page as well as through data distributed by the LC Cataloging Distribution Service. The data may include access to the catalog record as well as substantially enhanced information about the item, links to publishers and to local libraries. John Celli, chief of the CIP division is the principal for this project and is also a BEAT Team member.

DCC/LCC correlations
The aims of this project in planning are to enhance the MINARET capabilities to the provision of classification correlations in bibliographic records between Decimal (DDC) and LC Classification (LCC) numbers, using the Library's database of its catalog records, and to implement a MINARET capability for real-time search and retrieval of classification number correlations between DDC and LCC and the reverse.

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