The American Kennel Club (AKC) has announced that the catalog of its library is now available online at www.akc.org/insideAKC/depts/library.cfm. The online bibliographic research tool, named "Caius," (pronounced KEYS) is designed to help researchers identify information sources on various subjects associated with dogs - from the development of dog shows to the canine's role as a household companion. The online catalog is named for Johannes Caius, the author of the first book to classify and describe all the known dog breeds and the tasks for which they were bred.
Caius allows users to browse thousands of the library's bibliographic offerings by keyword, phrase, author, title, subject, and format. Search results appear in alphabetical order beginning with the nearest field matching the query. Caius also allows a more streamlined search; for example, a search for "dogs and field trials" or "dogs and agility" will bring up titles specific to these subjects.
Initially, Caius will feature bibliographic reference information for bound periodicals, newspapers, foreign and domestic stud books, art, literature, and juvenile books. It will also feature magazine and videocassette collections, including those from the AKC Gazette
. Its foreign collection (the library currently houses works in seventeen languages) will be included as well. The catalog will continue to be updated over time, and is eventually expected to represent all of the library's holdings. The American Kennel Club (AKC), founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of purebred dogs. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog.