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Did you know that catalogers use only 10-20% of available MARC
fields/subfields? Given evolving search behaviors and the amazoogle effects
do our bibliographic records provide information users need?  

The MARC Content Designation Utilization (MCDU) project team would like to
invite you to "Informing the Future of MARC: An Empirical Approach", a panel
presentation at the ALA 2007 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The
session will take place on Saturday, June 23rd, 8am-10am.   

This is an ALCTS sponsored event and will feature Dr. William E. Moen,
Associate Professor and Dr. Shawne D. Miksa, Assistant Professor, from the
School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas and
Sally H. McCallum, Chief, Network Development and MARC Standards Office,
Library of Congress. 

This program presents findings from a major IMLS-funded research study on
catalogersí use of MARC ( http://www.mcdu.unt.edu ) and an opportunity to
discuss future directions for MARC and cataloging practices in the context
of FRBR, RDA, and XML. The results of this study provide a much needed
empirical basis to better inform MARCís future in the bibliographic control
environment. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is an
independent Federal agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of
learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities.