FLICC Meeting Announcement 2000-3 FEDLINK Fall Membership Meeting and Teleconference Join your FEDLINK colleagues at the FEDLINK Fall Membership Meeting for a = discussion of Steve Coffman's controversial library philosophy raised in = his article "Building Earth's Largest Library" via a teleconference = program at the Mary Pickford Theater in the Madison Building at the = Library of Congress. Before the Coffman teleconference, the meeting will highlight the = following items: * FEDLINK Program Updates * FLICC Working Group Reports Date Thursday, October 28, 1999 Time 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 1:00 p.m.) The FEDLINK Fall = Membership Meeting follows the morning FEDLINK OCLC Users Group Meeting. = See Meeting Announcement 2000-2. Place Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress. = Use the Main Entrance at 1st and Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, = DC. Metro Capitol South (Orange and Blue Lines) Sponsor FEDLINK Network Operations Registration Free--open to all FEDLINK members, but seating is limited to 60 and = registration is required. Call the FLICC Office to register at (202) = 707-4800. Interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral = and/or Tactical) will be provided if requested five (5) business days in = advance of the event. For other ADA Accommodations, please contact the = Library=A2s ADA Coordinator at (202) 707-9948 (TTY) or (202) 707-7544 = (Voice). Information Call FEDLINK Network Operations (202) 707-4848; TTY (202) 707-4995. Earth=A2s Largest Library=AFa Fantasy or Reality? INCOLSA is sponsoring a teleconference on the possibilities of creating = the Earth=A2s Largest Library featuring Steve Coffman, Director of FYI = Government Information Services for the County of Los Angeles Public = Library. Also the author of the article *Building Earth=A2s Largest = Library*for Searcher magazine, Coffman will discuss his controversial = library philosophy. Hear in detail Coffman=A2s plan to create and build the single largest = library in the world. It would potentially contain over 43 million books, = videos, maps, manuscripts, microfilms, and other formats dealing with = every known subject and area of interest. Coffman suggests that, like = Amazon.com which transformed a traditional, low-use special order service = into the *Earth=A2s Largest Bookstore,* the Earth=A2s Largest Library = could be created using the Amazon.com model. The Earth=A2s Largest Library = would consist of a single catalog with a single bibliographic record for = each title, and one circulation system for the entire library. Coffman will elaborate on a number of alternatives to OCLC which could be = the foundation for the world=A2s largest library. OCLC found the Coffman = article very stimulating, but complex, saying that *it decided to pass as = to making any comment.* Coffman suggests that since Amazon.com started = with Bowker=A2s Books in Print, a forward looking *Earth=A2s Largest = Library* could start with the Library of Congress MARC listings or some = major union catalogs. The trick, according to Coffman, is to start the = process of creating such a library. Coffman suggests that the single biggest problem in implementing the = Earth=A2s Largest Library has nothing to do with the catalog, the = circulation system, collection development, or the costs of interlibrary = loan, but the difficulties of getting libraries to cooperate with one = another. As a Federal library outside the DC area, you can also become a local = downlink site by registering with INCOLSA, the library network sponsoring = the teleconference. Downlink sites should register with INCOLSA by October = 15, 1999. Additional downlink information is available at the INCOLSA Web = site at http://www.incolsa.net/HTML/teleconf/coff.htm or by contacting = INCOLSA at (317) 298- 6570.