A Skeptic Inside LC: Reference Librarian Mann Criticizes Working Group, LC’s Response
In her response to the Working Group on Bibliographic Control’s final report, Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for library services at the Library of Congress (LC), acknowledged that LC reference librarian Thomas Mann remained a skeptic. Drawing on his response to the final report from March of this year, Mann told the LJ Academic Newswire (while stressing that his comments are his own and not that of his employer) that he is concerned that LC is “ignoring the very real and important differences between the research needs of scholars and those of ‘quick information’ seekers.”
Mann noted three main concerns “that the Working Group and LC are conspicuously not discussing.” First, he objects to LC’s apparent effort to transform Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) by, as stated in Marcum’s response, “increased use of automated assignment of subject heading strings and machine validation of strings, further simplification of practices, and exploration of using sophisticated search engine capabilities to take optimal advantage of LCSH.”
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