Thursday, July 06, 2006

Calhoun Report / Library Catalogs

I recommend that TS librarians read the Calhoon Report, which will probably be referred to at various meetings in St. Louis. The report is having an impact on what LC is doing, and it will ultimately have an impact on many libraries. I quote from here from the LC website:

"The Library of Congress recently issued a report that challenges assumptions about the traditional library catalog and proposes new directions for the research library catalog in the digital era. Commissioned by the Library and prepared by Associate University Librarian Karen Calhoun of Cornell University, the report assesses the impact of Internet on the traditional online public access catalog and concludes that library patrons want easy-to-use catalogs that are accessible on the Web."

Jan Anderson
Associate Law Librarian for Collection Services
Georgetown University Law Library