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Washington, Sep 7 (Canadian-Media): (To streamline access to its content, the Library of Congress (LOC) has redesigned its portal to provide numerous resources to support information professionals worldwide for librarians and archivists, media reports said.
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For the execution of reportedly standard library functions of acquisitions, bibliographic access, preservation and public service, the new portal highlights an overview of these activities at the Library and links to a wealth of content and documentation in each area.
Wide variety of material types and subjects throughout the Library are filled with Archives and manuscript collections.
Archival description requires great emphasis on the processes of cataloging for the LC Online Catalog and producing finding aids. Subsequently this landing page reportedly focuses on the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standard to allow easy access to a large body of finding aids for manuscript collections and a link to the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.
A special section is dedicated, said official reports, to resources for subject catalogers, which provides descriptions and pointers to controlled vocabularies and thesauruses used for categorization of diverse library materials and collections in all formats.
Library of Congress subject headings documentation, according to official reports, are provided in free Portable Document Formats (PDFs) facilitating access to literally hundreds of downloadable vocabularies and ontologies through id.loc.gov.
Pages highlighting many products and services offered by the Library, including cataloging-related tools and resources, online reference support, duplication services, disaster-recovery resources and interlibrary loan to the librarians are also of interest to information professionals.
The reading and literacy page contains information about the special outreach programs and festivals "From the Center for the Book to the National Book Festival', providing resources and support for teachers, authors, poets and reading enthusiasts worldwide, the reports said.
The Library also acts as the “maintenance agency” for a large number of resource description, digital library, and metadata standards used by libraries, museums and many other organizations that organize and describe large bodies of materials. The revised standards landing page acts as a portal to over 20 standards and protocols the Library maintains.
LOC at the American Library Association (ALA), formerly a separate site, is now a part of the new portal.
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Numerous presentations, demonstrations and consultations, offered by the Library, at its pavilion on the exhibit floor of every ALA conference, the annual ALA midwinter meeting and the ALA annual conference each summer are provided by LOC.
Information about the schedules for presentations at the Library’s exhibit pavilion and conference meetings, Library’s participation as well as the semiannual “update” document that outlines the Library’s accomplishments and initiatives of interest to the library community are provided by the The ALA section of the new online redesigned portal.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)