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As of December 31, 2007, the MARC Content Designation Utilization (MCDU) Project has come to completion. This site, however, will remain available. New information may be added to the site. We appreciate the generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a National Leadership Grant that made this research study possible.

Amy Eklund, former member of the MCDU Project Team and now employed at Georgia Perimeter College as a cataloger, presented an analysis of Georgia catalogers’ use of MARC at the 2007 Georgia Council of Media Organizations (GaCOMO) Conference . The presentation and handout are available in Published Papers and Presentations.


This research study is dedicated to the memory of
Henriette D. Avram, 1919-2006

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Welcome to the MCDU project. The U.S. Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded a National Leadership Grant to the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge at the University of North Texas to carry out an empirical investigation of catalogers’ use of the MARC bibliographic format’s content designation. This empirical data will contribute to the broader library community’s current discussion of bibliographic control and information access.

Empirical evidence regarding the utilization of MARC content designation in our current library information retrieval systems can contribute to discussions regarding the future of MARC and its place in the rapidly evolving networked information environment The absence of any solid empirical analysis in the past 30 years, beyond that of frequency of MARC tag use, is a major motivation for this study.

Findings revealed in a preliminary analysis of 400,000 MARC records as part of the IMLS-funded Z39.50 Interoperability Testbed Project under the direction of Dr. Moen motivate us to take a deeper look by focusing exclusively on catalogers use of MARC. It is the cataloger’s use of the structures in MARC records that affect both the perceived performance of the vendors’ systems and end users’ success in searching, selecting, and retrieving information.

Contributing resources for the project are the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas and OCLC. We have invited a group of national and international experts to serve as an advisory group to the project.

The project began in December 2004 and is scheduled for completion in August 2006. We have received a one-year extension from IMLS to continue our work. Go to the Documents to access project documents, including the project proposal. Questions and communications about the project should be addressed to Dr. William E. Moen or Dr. Shawne D. Miksa.

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