Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access
Announcements and Reports
CC:DA Activities at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia
CC:DA held two meetings at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
Since the Annual Conference in June, and particularly since the Joint Steering Committee meeting in September, CC:DA has conducted regular business via e-mail discussion. For a list of actions taken since June, see the Chairs report; for activities since September, see the CC:DA Program of Work. The agenda for the CC:DA meetings in Philadelphia is also available.
Reports: CC:DA heard reports from:
Task Forces: Four active CC:DA Task Forces made reports:
Two new CC:DA Task Forces were formed:
Rule Revision Proposals: CC:DA considered the following rule revision proposals:
New Revision of Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules
The Canadian Library Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and the American Library Association has published the 2002 Revision of Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition. Major changes in both content and format make the release of the 2002 Revision momentous.
Whats New in 2002?
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From AN2, vol. 23, no. 4 (Sept. 2002)
Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR to Meet in Washington, DC
The Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR, chaired by Ann Huthwaite, will meet in Washington, DC, April 23-25, 2003. The meeting will discuss a wide variety of issues, including the introduction of terminology from Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records into AACR2; continuing work on identifying and collocating expressions; revising the introductions to AACR to include a statement of principles and other conceptual background; proposals to promote consistency across chapters in Part I and to move general rules to Chapter 1; and a variety of other specific proposals. An announcement, with a draft agenda, for this meeting is available on the JSC Web site.
CC:DA and MARBI Discuss FRBR and MARC 21
CC:DA and MARBI held a joint meeting during the ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA. The topic of mutual interest was the IFLA Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records and MARC 21. This topic was triggered by the release earlier this year of a model (see below) prepared by Tom Delsey which compared the FRBR entities with the MARC 21 bibliographic and holdings formats and with AACR2, as well as proposing some extensions to the FRBR model. The joint meeting included remarks by Sally H. McCallum of the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at LC, by Glenn Patton of OCLC, and by Tom Delsey, and discussion by the committees and observers.
MARBI Discussion Paper No. 2002-DP08: The MARBI agenda also included a relevant discussion paper on Multiple Versions, FRBR, and MARC. This paper reported work done by the Joint Steering Committees Format Variation Working Group, and alternative methods for supporting collocation of expressions within the MARC 21 formats.
New Task Forces Appointed
The Task Force on Reconceptualization of Chapter 9 has been charged to redefine the scope of Chapter 9 in AACR2 and to propose rules in other chapters to deal with electronic manifestations of materials covered in those chapters. For example, the Task Force will reconsider the guidance given in rule 0.24 and the role of GMDs or alternatives for materials covered in more than one chapter. The Task Force is composed of members from both CC:DA and the British Library. The Task Force will present an interim report at the 2003 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia and its final report at the 2003 Annual Conference in Toronto.
The CC:DA Task Force on FRBR Terminology has been charged to review documents dealing with FRBR terminology in the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules resulting from Pat Rivas work for the Joint Steering Committee. The Task Force will prepare draft ALA responses to these documents for consideration by CC:DA.
The CC:DA Task Force on Rule 21.0D has been charged to undertake an examination of AACR/LCRI 21.0D, an optional rule on designations of functions in headings. The Task Force will reconsider the need for an indication of the nature of relationships in headings rather than relying on the description for such information in light of recent discussions on Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records(FRBR) and relevant metadata standards. If appropriate, the Task Force will prepare revisions to the rules and/or a recommendation that the Library of Congress modify its rule interpretation; provide rationales for such actions. The Task Force will submit an interim report by May 1, 2003, for consideration at ALA Annual, with a final report due July 8, 2003.
Functional Analysis of the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings Formats Posted
In 2001, the Network Development and MARC standards Office at the Library of Congress commissioned a study to examine MARC 21 from several perspectives:
The study used the models from the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and the related The Logical Structure of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules for the work which was carried out by the consultant who was largely responsible for the those studies, Tom Delsey, of Thomas J. Delsey consultancy. By sponsoring this analysis and making it available, the MARC Office and others can use the information when analyzing or making decisions related to format maintenance, system implementation, and data sharing. The study will be an important tool for continuing development of MARC 21.
The Network Development and MARC Standards Office would like to learn about research or experimentation that users undertake using information from this document. Over time either a list of projects and/or a bibliography of studies will be compiled.
[from the MARC Standards Web site]
The study is available as a series of Adobe Acrobat .PDF files. The URL for the introductory page is http://www.loc.gov/marc/marc-functional-analysis/functional-analysis.html.