Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access
Task Force on Metadata and the Cataloging Rules
Final Report (continued)
RecommendationsChanges to AACR2
The Task Force has decided to refer the following draft recommendations to the Task Force on the Harmonization of the ISBD(ER) and AACR2 for consideration. It should be noted that these were still under discussion within the Task Force. See the discussion in the Appendix on the recommended change to 9.0B1.
CC:DA collaboration with developers of metadata
The Task Force designated liaisons to metadata projects including the Encoded Archival Description (EAD), Government Information Locator Service (GILS), Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), Dublin Core, Visual Resources Association (VRA) Core Categories, and the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). The Task Force Chair attended a summit meeting on metadata organized by the Research Libraries Group and held in June, 1997. Task Force members interacted with the metadata community, either through attendance at meetings (Dublin Core international workshops; TEI anniversary conference) or through correspondence with editors and implementors (TEI).
We recommend that the new joint Task Force continue to pursue possibilities for meaningful collaboration.
With the creation of a new CC:DA Joint Task Force consisting of members from CC:DA and the MARBI, the library cataloging community is poised to move beyond the question of how catalogers should use metadata to address how library catalog data and other metadata can co-exist and complement each other, and what role catalogers will take in this broader environment of electronic publications.
We recommend that CC:DA, through the new joint Task Force, continue to monitor metadata developments for their potential impact on library catalogs and cataloging, and engage with other metadata developers in collaborations that stretch beyond the traditional library catalog.
The creation and use of metadata in the description of electronic resources is a matter of vital importance to the cataloging community. The Task Force on Metadata and the Cataloging Rules has made a start on analyzing a few of the most relevant metadata element sets. This work needs to be continued and expanded. The new joint Task Force will do just that, looking at issues that are common to both CC:DA and MARBI. However, there may be issues that only concern the cataloging rules. We recommend that CC:DA continue to monitor developments, and, as appropriate, to appoint further task forces to analyze additional metadata element sets as to their compatibility with AACR2.