As part of the activities commemorating the Bicentennial, the Library
hosted an invitational conference on Bibliographic Control for
The New Millennium: Confronting the Challenges of Networked Resources
and the Web.
The conference provided a premier international forum for authorities
in the cataloging and metadata communities to discuss outstanding
issues involving the bibliographic challenges of providing description
and access to Web resources. The focus of the conference was on
an open discussion of the issues with primary attention to proposed
solutions and action items which result.
and panel discussions were presented in six main sessions, which
reflected the problem-solving approach of the conference: 1) examining
the library catalog and its challenges as a portal to the Web; 2)
assessing current library and metadata standards for bibliographic
control and Web access; 3) addressing actions and plans for the
future direction of these standards and of other mechanisms designed
to advance description and access to Web resources; 4) examining
the results of particular metadata experiments and initiatives and
what we've learned from them; 5) exploring potential partnerships
among the library, metadata, and vendor communities that will foster
the development of new or expanded Web-based projects; and 6) identifying
outcomes with the completion of action plans and an overall strategy
to meet conference goals.
information about Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium,
including the conference program, biographies of the speakers and
commentators, papers, information on subscribing to the discussion
list, and the symposium's cybercast, is available at loc.gov/catdir/bibcontrol.