The Catalog as Portal to the Internet
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This paper examines the potential of the catalog to serve as a portal to the Internet. It commences with a brief overview of the development of the catalog, details the attributes and limitations of library catalogs, and defines the concept of the portal. Finally, it offers proposals to respond to the dilemma of librarians about providing access to the expanding universe of information and knowledge.
Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service
digital library; portal; catalog
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Thomas, Sarah E., "The Catalog as Portal to the Internet," Proceedings of the Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium: Confronting the Challenges of Networked Resources and the Web, Washington, D.C., Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service, 2001, 21-37.