While there are numerous and useful information sources that are available from the World Wide Web (WWW) and the Internet in general, the identification of significant Net resources is not as efficient nor effective as many desire. To enhance access to these electronic sources, a number of operational and prototype services have been initiated by libraries, librarians, library organizations, and others, that have applied or adapted established professional methods and techniques to faciliate identification and use of these electronic sources.
CyberStacks(sm), a centralized, integrated, and unified collection of World Wide Web (WWW) and other Internet resources, established at Iowa State University in Fall 1995, has applied the Library of Congress classification scheme, and other conventional library organizational and access methods and procedures, to facilitate identification and use of selected Net sources.
While many may see significant similarities between CyberStacks(sm) in its management of Internet and World Wide Web (WWW) resources and that of the InterCat database and the NetFirst(tm) service, both desired outcomes of the OCLC Internet Cataloging Project, we believe that the CyberStacks(sm) approach is fundamentally different in the areas of Selection, Organization, Presentation and Access.
Within this Position Paper, the general and overall goals of the OCLC Internet Cataloging Project are presented, and the significant features and functionalities incorporated within the InterCat database, the NetFirst(tm) service and the CyberStacks(sm) collection reviewed and compared. The approach taken by the CyberStacks(sm) prototype demonstration service, and related initiatives, are presented for consideration as alternative models that can enhance current national Internet cataloging efforts.