The Library of Congress Portals Applications Issues Group (LCPAIG) is
pleased to announce publication of its "List of Portal Application
Functionalities for the Library of Congress".  The document is available

The List, which is offered for public comment, represents the results of
nearly one year of market analysis to study portal functionality of
particular products in order to identify existing features of such
products. The functionalities are organized under  broad headings:
General Requirements, Client Requirements, Searching and Search Results,
Knowledge Database, Patron Authentication, and Portal Administration and
Vendor Support.  All of the functionalities designated as "M" for
"mandatory" were present in one or more of the three applications
(ZPORTAL*, MetaLib/SFX, ENCompass/LinkFinderPlus) that were tested
during  market analysis.  In addition, for a high performing portal
application, the LCPAIG identified several highly desirable
functionalities not yet present in some or all the products tested
These  functionalities, designated as "D" (for "desirable") are offered
to vendors for consideration as they enhance their products.

The LCPAIG recognizes that the List may not include applications  that
other kinds of libraries might specify as either required or desirable.
For example, academic libraries are likely to want portal products that
can interface with courseware.  In short, the list produced by the
LCPAIG is that for a general research library of a large and complex
nature, such as a national library.  Additions or subtractions may be
appropriate according to the needs of other kinds of libraries.

The LCPAIG welcomes feedback on its statement of proposed mandatory and
desirable functionalities from individuals, libraries, professional
organizations, and vendors. Positive criticism will be gratefully
received.  Please send your comments via eMail to:<[log in to unmask]>.  In
September, the LCPAIG will review the List to revise it, taking into
account comments received as a result of this announcement.

The study that produced the List resulted from Work Item 2.1 within the
Action Plan that grew out of the Library of Congress Cataloging
Directorate's Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the
New Millennium.  For further information about the Conference and its
outcomes, visit:

For further information about the LCPAIG, visit: