Are there any sites that are using (or are considering using) the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCCH) for providing access to WWW resources? Are there any sites that have made use of general or special thesauri to provide such access? Are It has occurred to me that a hypertexted version of a thesaurus may in fact provide the value-added feature of organization and structure that I have sought for the past several months and days. Most thesauri offer: 1) an alphabetical point of entry 2) definition/scope 3) Broader Terms 4) Narrower Terms 5) Related Terms Through this structure conceptual relationships are presented and organized. With hypertext, any and all terms can be (in)directly linked to each other. While we may choose to "classify" a given WWW resource under a specific LCC class number/subject description, it can also be linked to one (or more) appropriate thesauri terms, which in turn would offer the user the option to enter the "classified" structure from any perspective (or at least from any entry term (or cross reference))! The key of course is to map LCCH into the LCC schedules in such a way that only the relevant and appropriate (?) terms are linked to the relevant and appropriate (?) categories within the LCC schedules. [The availability of a hypertexted version of the LCCH _and_ the LCC through LCs _Classification Plus_ as recently noted by Bruce Chr. Johnson (CDS) would greatly facilitate such an effort; this in turn could provide the basis for the implementation of a HTML analog for the WWW]. Likewise hypertext or HTML versions of _other_ thesauri may in turn be used for providing similar access to specialized WWW resources _or_ mapped into the LCCH/LCC sets as entry for the specialist user (e.g. Ei Thesaurus (engineering), CAB Thesaurus (agriculture), ACM Computing Reviews, etc.) While certainly we should question the need to provide access at this time at such specific details, I believe that now may in fact be the best time to test and/or implement this type of interface. While the WWW may seem overwhelming to most, it is still (relatively) managable. I see the integration of various thesauri into the LCC as an extension of LC's current roles within the library community. The assignment of an WWW resource could be viewed as an expanded opportunity for OCLC and would dovetail well with its historical role as well as its new role as coordinator of the Internet cataloging project. Indeed, as described in a press release this week, OCLC NetFirst service appears to be the very umbrella under which a LCSH/LCC service that provides _an_ organized interface to the WWW could be implemented by and for libraries and their patrons. We should also not ignore the commercial aspects of such value-added organization! I'd appreciate any and all thoughts, comments and reaction to these ideas and proposals. Please post to this listserv or newsgroup! Gerry McKiernan Coordinator, Science and Technology Section Reference and Instructional Services Department Iowa State University 152 Parks Ames IA 50011 [log in to unmask] "There are No Answers, Only Solutions"