Alongside more than 36 million books and 13.7 million photographs and untold other documents, maps and manuscripts, the Library of Congress has ambitious plans to collect nearly every public tweet since 2006 to be used as a truly 21st-century research archive.
But a new watchdog report calls into question the library’s ability to keep up with the demands of the digital age.
The world’s largest library lacks “a clear direction for its use of IT,” and has been cycling through short-term IT leadership since the permanent chief information officer left the agency in 2012.
The Library of Congress has just completed the 2014 Federal Bibliographic Record Analysis!
The final report, which describes the methodology and presents the results of the analysis, is now available at: http://www.loc.gov/ead/flbra/. You may find it quite innovative and informative. The Federal Bibliographic Record Analysis project was initiated in 2012 when 11 libraries agreed to participate in a pilot to analyze their bibliographic records to identify overlap among the institutions. This year the initiative has been expanded to include 30 partners.
Once you open the link, you’ll see a document, “filelist.docx”, that lists the files available. Each file is a summary of a particular library’s bibliographic analysis. The overall report, which also contains the research methodology, is called “flbraReport_2014.pdf” and is the last file name on the list. It may be helpful to read this file before examining others.
The Library of Congress is interested in adding more libraries to this federal bibliographic analysis for the upcoming cycle. If you are interested in participating, please contact either Stephen Short (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Barton (email@example.com). There is no cost to participate in this project.
Library staff are also available to provide presentations on this topic if requested.