reprinted from LC Cataloging Newsline: Online Newsletter of the Cataloging Directorate, Library of Congress, Volume 7, no. 5, April 1999
Jolande Goldberg, law classification specialist in the Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO), has been selected to receive the Marta Lange/CQ Award. This award is given annually by the Law and Political Science Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award recognizes an academic or law librarian who, through research, other creative activity, or service to the profession, makes distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science. The award will be presented to Goldberg at a luncheon sponsored by Congressional Quarterly, Inc. (CQ) on June 26, during ALA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans.
Goldberg is being recognized for her
development or revision of schedules for law and international relations in the Library of Congress classification system,
understanding and consideration of the requirements of many law-related disciplines, especially political science,
tireless work within the scholarly and library communities to build support for her work,
outreach activities in the United States and abroad, and
intelligence, wit, and political skills with which her work has been accomplished.
Most of Goldberg’s career of nearly thirty years at LC has been devoted to development of the law schedules, which, at the time she began her work, consisted only of those for the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. She wrote schedules for all other countries, for the law of nations, and for international relations. She is currently working on schedules for religious law, concentrating initially on canon law and Islamic law. Her approach to schedule development is to collaborate with colleagues (both nationally and internationally) who are specialists in particular areas of law.
Interest in the LC law schedules has become widespread. All the North America members of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) have adopted them. In addition many parliamentary, university, and ecclesiastical libraries abroad have adopted the law schedules or expressed interest in doing so.
Goldberg has designed and taught workshops to instruct catalogers and reference staff in how to interpret and apply the law schedules and in how their use can be coordinated with Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). She has also lectured widely at conferences and events under the auspices of a variety of organizations. She participates in the Library’s cooperative subject cataloging program (SACO) by recruiting contributors to LCSH from the law library community and in the Bibliographic Enrichment Advisory Team (BEAT). Goldberg also serves on AALL’s Joint Committee on Cataloging and Classification, where she reports annually on the previous year’s activities at LC.
[ed. note: Jolande Goldberg is a member of the FCIL SIS]
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