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NFAIS Forum on the Future of Bibliographic Control, March 28

NFAIS Forum on The Future of Bibliographic Control. Registration Discount Available Through March 8th.

NFAIS is organizing a one-day meeting - The Future of Bibliographic Control - to be held on March 28, 2008 at PALINET Headquarters, in Philadelphia, PA, from 9:00am to 4:30pm.

Why Attend?

On January 9, 2007 the Library of Congress issued a report on the future of bibliographic control in the 21st century, a future that is envisioned as "…collaborative, decentralized, international in scope, and Web-based." It is a call to action to all those involved in information access and retrieval to re-evaluate the traditional practices and procedures used in bibliographic control. The ultimate outcome of the Library of Congress' call to action can have a significant impact on how librarians go about their daily business and how publishers and abstracting and indexing services produce and disseminate their products and services. Even the concept of journals and issues is up for debate in today's digital environment! All information providers – creators, publishers, aggregators and librarians – need to understand the issues and have a voice in the discussion.

Who Should Attend?

If you are responsible for monitoring any of the following issues - emerging new forms of bibliographic control; the incorporation of user-generated content to enrich bibliographic services; collaboration between librarians and content providers to create and share bibliographic data; the impact of digital article-by-article publishing on library acquisitions and cataloging as well as on the production of traditional abstracting and indexing services; and the opportunities that the future holds for the traditional players in bibliographic control - this meeting is for you.


Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress, will open the meeting with an overview of the recent report issued by the Library of congress on the future of bibliographic control and a panel of information community members will give their reaction to the Library's recommendations. OCLC will discuss their next generation cataloging and metadata service that is a collaborative venture between publishers, vendors and libraries. And you will learn more about how user-generated content can enrich bibliographic information from those who are already engaging the user community. The program will also look at how the challenges in providing bibliographic information in today's hybrid environment (multiple versions of a document, new forms of content (wikis, blogs, etc.) are being handled, and will conclude with a look at challenges and opportunities that the future holds for all who are committed to securing the long-term access and retrieval of scholarly information.

Come and join your peers for an enjoyable and fact-filled day that will provide information essential to your organization, and provide you with an opportunity for networking within the Information Community.

The preliminary program, registration form, directions to the meeting location, and list of nearby hotels is available at:

Register early, as seating is limited to 50 attendees. On or before March 8, 2008, NFAIS members pay $225 and non-members pay $275 (registration fee includes continental breakfast, a box lunch and an afternoon refreshment break). After March 8, 200 NFAIS members pay $275 and non-members pay $325. For more information contact: Jill O'Neill, NFAIS Director, Communication and Planning, 215-893-1561 (phone); 215-893-1564 (fax); mail to:

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