Cataloger's Desktop Now Available on the Web

July 2004
Information Today;Jul/Aug2004, Vol. 21 Issue 7, p35
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This article reports on the Web-accessible version of the Cataloger's Desktop tool of the Library of Congress' Cataloging Distribution Service. The subscription product can be accessed 24/7 and provides the most widely used cataloging-documentation resources in an integrated, online system. In addition, it includes the current version of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, second edition (AACR2). Kathryn Mendenhall, chief of Cataloging Distribution Service, said that Cataloger's Desktop on the Web represents the Library of Congress' successful initiative to offer catalogers everywhere a highly useful and reliable Web cataloging tool. Mendenhall also stated that it incorporates all of the indispensable cataloging publications that catalogers use daily, but were previously available only in a large number of individual print editions or as a quarterly CD-ROM from Cataloging Distribution Services. The rules in AACR2 form the basis for descriptive cataloging practice in the English-speaking library community, with implications for cataloging standardization worldwide. The inclusion of AACR2 in Cataloger's Desktop ensures that cataloging will employ standardized description, which in turn makes the cataloging interchangeable from one catalog to the next.


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