With the approval of ALA MARS Executive Committee and the RUSA Board, the Library of Congress is adding to its catalog records the annotations for the sites selected annually by the MARS Best Free Reference Web Sites Committee. The lists, which have been compiled since 1999, appear in the fall issue of the RUSA Quarterly and on the ALA RUSA MARS website
Usually, 25-30 sites are selected each year, and to date approximately 150 of the MARS best annotations have been added.
The Library of Congress project to add the annotations has been undertaken under the auspices of the Library's Bibliographic Enrichment Advisory Team (BEAT), a cross-departmental R & D group whose mission includes enriching the content of Library of Congress bibliographic records. The project follows a similar on-going undertaking to add annotations to the catalog records for the titles included in the annual list of Outstanding Reference Sources produced by the ALA RUSA Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES).
Some examples of the annotations illustrating the information that such catalog records provide may be seen with the following LC catalog records:
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