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Re: ARL Letter to Deanna Marcum in re: SARs

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FYI - (the former attachment has been copied into the body of this message -
see below).

Mark

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Schottlaender [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 8:51 AM
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Subject: ARL Letter to Deanna Marcum in re: SARs


TO: Rosann Bazirjian, President, ALCTS
      Mark Watson, Chair, PCC Policy Committee

FR: Brian E. C. Schottlaender, President, ARL


Friends--

I attach for your information and, if and as you think appropriate,
distribution to your respective organizations, a copy of my letter to Deanna
Marcum, written on behalf of the ARL member representatives.  As you will
note, the letter not only supports LC's decision in re: controlled series
access and series authority records, but also, and in my opinion as
importantly, acknowledges that that decision was taken in the context of a
broader discussion in which ARL member libraries (including LC) and others
(including ALCTS and PCC) have been engaged for some time now.  That
discussion has to do, of course, with how best to deploy constrained library
resources in the bibliographic service of our users, and how to do so in an
environment in which the services of other, non-library organizations are
becoming increasingly central to the lives of those users.  ARL looks
forward to continuing to participate in--and indeed, to help shape--that
discussion.

My best to you both,

--Brian S.

<><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
              Brian E. C. Schottlaender
                  University Librarian
                     UC, San Diego

                            and

President, Association of Research Libraries

              vox: 858.534.3060
              fax:  858.534.6193
           net:  [log in to unmask]
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25 May 2006

Deanna Marcum
Associate Librarian for Library Services
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Room 642
Washington DC 20540


Dear Deanna:

I write to inform you, officially, that the Association of Research
Libraries endorses the decision by the Library of Congress to discontinue
providing controlled series access in the bibliographic records that LC
catalogers produce and to stop creating series authority records.  This
endorsement was forthcoming during the ARL Business Meeting held on 19 May
in Ottawa, Ontario, following your report on the issue.

Because many of our member institutions are also engaged in rethinking the
provision of bibliographic services in an increasingly digital environment,
ARL supports the Library of Congress' efforts to redesign its services in
order to focus better on the needs of the end-user-the individual
researcher-and to streamline processes in order to make information
accessible more conveniently and more quickly.

As we have worked together for many years now, ARL looks forward to working
with the Library of Congress, the staffs of our libraries, and others to
consider changes in bibliographic services that would best serve our users.
I was pleased to learn at the Business Meeting last week in Ottawa that you
plan to proceed with constituting an Advisory Committee to work with you and
your LC colleagues in developing your bibliographic services strategy.  I'm
happy to identify ARL Directors to participate in that Committee, and shall
call you next week to discuss possibilities.

Sincerely,


Brian E. C. Schottlaender
President, Association of Research Libraries

cc:	James Billington, Librarian of Congress
	Michael Gorman, President, American Library Association
Keith Fiels, Executive Director, American Library Association
Duane Webster, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries
ARL Directors (via email)

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