On Friday, the Library of Congress Twitter account posted the following two feeds:
We’re all thinking of our colleagues affected by the stress of this potential shutdown. If the shutdown does happen, what LC websites will be affected for catalogers? Let’s start with what’s NOT affected:
- Classification Web
- Cataloger’s Desktop
Bruce Johnson (LC’s Policy & Standards Division) distributed an email today on the two resources and reports, “… but should any technical difficulties arise during the closure no customer service or technical support can be provided.”
So what is affected? The LC Twitter feed reports following LC sites will be down:
We suspect all the thesauri (such as TGM) and the Linked Data Service will be affected. This has folks discussing the feasibility of relying on linked data versus having local files.
LC Name Authority File maintenance may remain in limbo without that maintenance process running. (i.e., name authority work done via the NACO program).
Again, we’re all thinking of our library colleagues and hope a quick resolution is in the works.
Just saw the shutdown message & it looks like they changed their minds–THOMAS.gov is still going to be up and running.
As of writing, the LC catalog and authorities seems to be up, as are all of the schemas we use for digital libraries (EAD, MODS, METS) but I’m not sure if that will remain true.
The following LC sites have been mirrored (for now) by Dan Scott, who gets a big high five.
MARC21 standards (bibliographic and authority) have been mirrored here: http://stuff.coffeecode.net/www.loc.gov/marc/
LC Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes have been mirrored here: http://stuff.coffeecode.net/www.loc.gov/standards/sourcelist/
Positive thoughts to our LC colleagues…
Also suspecting that CONSER folks won’t be able to request ISSN’s for serial titles.