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Title:The challenges of electronic texts n the library: Bibliographic control and access
Author(s):Guenther, Rebecca S.
Subject(s):Electronic texts
Bibliographic control
Abstract:This paper considers special problems in providing bibliographic control of and access to electronic texts and how they are being addressed by the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2d ed. 1988 rev., and the MAchine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) standards used for encoding bibliographic data on the computer. It summarizes the concepts and development of the USMARC Format for Bibliographic Data, computer files specifications, and identifies particular issues in providing bibliographic control of electronic texts including identification, description, location, and access. It explores attempts to address these difficult issues surrounding electronic texts, particularly in the MARC formats, as libraries are adapting to the growth of the Internet and the wide availability and proliferation of many types of electronic items. The paper reviews specific projects that attempt to provide better description of and access to electronic texts, including the OCLC Internet Resources Project, attempts of the USMARC Advisory Group of the American Library Association to enhance the MARC formats to provide location and access to online information resources, standards under development for locators and identifiers of Internet resources (Uniform Resource Identifiers), and some projects involving access to electronic texts. In addition, the author reviews the relationship between Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) and MARC.
Issue Date:1994
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:Guenther, R. (1994) The challenges of electronic texts in the library: Bibliographic control and access. In B. Sutton (ed) Literary texts in an electronic age: Scholarly implications and library services [papers presented at the 1994 Clinic on Library applications of Data Processing, April 10-12, 1994]: 149-172.
Series/Report:Literary texts in an electronic age: Scholarly implications and library services [papers presented at the 1994 Clinic on Library applications of Data Processing, April 10-12, 1994]
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/391
ISBN:0878450963
ISSN:0069-4789
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-03-20


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