Dear Educat Colleagues,

The work that Anita has prepared to share with us is a great beginning.
She is making a significant contribution to this important project and
is to be commended for the effort.

Just a couple of questions...
For those of us who do not customarily create and use our own websites,
should wconsider doing so?
In the background notes in the "cataloging and metadata topics" section
in these topics...
   5. Can we break these two topics into subsections? And then have an
opening section on how these tools are used together?
   6. Can brief descriptions and/or links to specific ILS products be
included? Since bibliographic data do not behave in exactly the same
way in each ILS, some explanatory information may prove to be very
   7. Is this term broadly defined? Are other older print verification
and tools in American bibliography going to be included?
   14. Is it possible to add a brief section for retrospective

May we add to the "type/form" section? If so, how does this process

Just a few thoughts on Sunday afternoon.


Sylvia Hall-Ellis, Ph.D.
Library and Information Science
University of Denver
21E. Wesley Ave., #107
Denver, CO 80208
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>As some of you may know, there is a promising activity currently
>to develop a web clearinghouse which will be a useful resource for
>cataloging and metadata educators.
>As a bit of background: The ALCTS/ALISE Task Force for Preparing
>and Metadata Educators and Trainers was created in response to a report
>Cataloging and Metadata Education prepared for the LC Action Plan on
>Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium, available at
>One charge for our task force group was to develop a web clearinghouse
>metadata materials and also to develop a Metadata Basics Package, as
>described in the Action Plan report.  Prof. Marcia Zeng, on the LIS
>at Kent State is working on the Metadata Basics Package, and Anita
>LIS faculty member at the University of Arizona, is serving as
>for the Web Clearinghouse project.
>Anita has been making excellent progress on the clearinghouse, and has
>completed some draft documents for our review. I would appreciate it if
>would look this over and give us your feedback so that Anita can proceed
>further with the work.
>The documents include:
>1) a workplan indicating milestones and deliverables,
>2) a proof of concept version of the basic categorical structure for the
>clearinghouse web page,  and
>3) background notes containing some possible topics, formats, and sample
>Topical categories - proof of concept:
>Background Notes (which has some questions for feedback):
>Please  send your feedback to our Educat list. We would appreciate your
>comments by Sept. 20, so that Anita can keep to her deadline.
>Later on, we will also be sending you draft documents from the work that
>Marcia Zeng is doing on the Metadata Basics package.
>We look forward to your comments. Thanks!
>C. Olivia Frost
>Associate Dean and Professor
>School of Information
>University of Michigan