To SERIALST Members,
This message is being sent to several Listservs with a request for responses.
One of the assignments of the ALCTS Task Force to Define Bibliographic
Access in the Electronic Environment is to recommend acceptable
alternatives to traditional methods of cataloging.
In order to get a more complete picture of the current state of cataloging
practices, we would like to investigate the existence of any innovative
approaches to provide bibliographic access to and control of electronic
resources which are significantly different from standard cataloging.
For example, we would like to investigate the use of SGML, TEI headers,
and others in mapping MARC records. We would also like to know if there are
non-traditional subject heading and classification tools in use.
If you are conducting a relevant project, please provide the following
1. When did the project start?
2. How many records have you done?
3. Are you using any specific software?
4. Does the project concentrate on one type of materials only?
5. Are there any written descriptions or documentation, on the web
or in print?
Please send your email responses to email@example.com by
January 20. In case you responded to this query last year, please provide an
update on the project. Your assistance will enable the Task Force to
complete the project at hand. Also, vist the Task Force Web site at
Thank you very much for taking the time to respond to our query.
Head, Cataloging Department
Ohio State University Libraries