the library community and in influencing the evolution of the various metadata initiatives now under way.

Finding: The Library of Congress is heavily involved in the creation and use of metadata and has long been a leader in the establishment of standards and practices. However, the metadata environment is evolving rapidly. This will have profound implications for libraries and other information providers generally and for the Library of Congress in particular. It is a responsibility of the Library, and indeed of the nation, to offer leadership here for the benefit of the national and worldwide communities of information providers and users.

Recommendation: The Library should treat the development of a richer but more complex metadata environment as a strategic issue, increasing dramatically its level of involvement and planning in this area, and it should be much more actively involved with the library and information community in advancing the evolution of metadata practices. This effort will require the dedication of resources, direct involvement by the Librarian in setting and adjusting expectations, and the strong commitment of a project leader assigned from the Executive Committee of the Library.

Recommendation: The Library should actively encourage and participate in efforts to develop tools for automatically creating metadata. These tools should be integrated in the cataloging work flow.



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