The Working Group of the Future of Bibliographic Control wrote that the Library community’s data carrier, MARC, is “based on forty-year-old techniques for data management and is out of step with programming styles of today.” This interesting information comes from News & Announcements on the Library of Congress site in the post titled, “A Bibliographic Framework for the Digital Age.”
The same group is calling for a format that will better accommodate the automation and self-generating metadata that the onslaught of digital data has created. They agree that MARC has served the library community well in the pre-Web environment, but something new is now needed and they are calling upon the Library of Congress to take action.
Melody K. Smith
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