Electronic Resources

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The universe of electronic resources is indeed diverse, expansive, intimidating, and unstructured compared to the finite, prepackaged print world upon which the information delivery infrastructure has been constructed. Electronic Resources: Selection and Bibliographic Control addresses the resultant concerns of information professionals as they struggle to define, select, and control electronic resources in libraries and information centers today. This book offers readers an overview of issues and provides a common ground for deliberations and decisionmaking.

Librarians and students concerned with the Internet and related issues will appreciate the broad scope and in-depth discussions in Electronic Resources: Selection and Bibliographic Control. From both conceptual and pragmatic standpoints, this book enlightens the reader on such topics as:

  • Internet resources
  • the relationship between OPAC and Internet
  • Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) versus USMARC
  • Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)
  • Core Language and the Information Bus
  • Dublin Core Metadata as a discovery/retrieval tool
  • decision-making matrix model
  • e-texts and e-theses
  • digital materials and digital libraries

    This book also gives the reader an inside look at a number of specific emerging projects from around the world. Highlighted here are the CATRIONA project from the U.K.—designing an Internet discovery and retrieval system; the ALCUIN project—using traditional infrastructure to handle Internet resources; the Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH) and the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia; the OCLC Internet Cataloging project; and the National Digital Library Program (NDLP), Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and electronic CIP projects at the Library of Congress.

    Electronic Resources: Selection and Bibliographic Control clearly illustrates the evolving role of librarian from that of gatekeeping in the print world to that of active player in the electronic environment. This transformation calls for alternative strategies in educating future information professionals and reconfiguring traditional infrastructure for providing user services. This book answers that call and helps libraries and librarians as they scramble to define their role against the backdrop of the information-glutted Internet.

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A librarian resource addressing conceptual and practical issues in implementing electronic resources. The 12 articles build a foundation by discussing the principles for selection and bibliographic control and the relationship between library online catalogs and the World Wide Web, as well as detailing projects for creating access to electronic resources at several US universities and in the Library of Congress. Additionally, several of the essays present descriptions of TEI, SGLM, the Dublin Core, and innovative work in Australia and Scotland. The volume was originally published as "Cataloging and Classification Quarterly", v.22, nos.3-4, 1996. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents


  • Selecting Electronic Resources: Developing a Local Decision-Making Matrix
  • Intellectual Access to Digital Documents: Joining Proven Principles with New Technologies
  • Metadata for Internet Resources: The Dublin Core Metadata Elements Set and Its Mapping to USMARC
  • Cataloging for Digital Libraries
  • Selection, Access, and Control in a Library of Electronic Texts
  • Control of Electronic Resources in Australia
  • “Parallel Universes” or Meaningful Relationships: Envisioning a Future for the OPAC and the Net
  • Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Merging Perspectives
  • CATRIONA: A Distributed, Locally-Oriented Z39.50 OPAC-Based Approach to Cataloging the Internet
  • Possible Solutions for Incorporating Digital Information Mediums into Traditional Library Cataloging Services
  • Cataloging at the Library of Congress in the Digital Age
  • Cataloging Internet Resources: The Convergence of Libraries and Internet Resources
  • Reference Notes Included
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