Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee
2006-2007 Annual Report
Submitted by Jean M. Pajerek, Chair
At the request of the Chair of the Technical Services Special Interest Section, one of the first things we accomplished was to formalize the membership of the Committee by asking those interested in serving to actually sign up as members. This gave us a list of interested members to draw upon when setting up task groups and other sub-groups of the Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee. The Committee had 80 official members in 2006/2007.
Shortly after the 2006 annual meeting in St. Louis, the Task Group on Controlled Series Access in Law Library Catalogs was established, with Robert Rendall of Columbia University as chair. The group was charged with examining the issues surrounding controlled series access, in response to the decision made by the Library of Congress in April 2006 to cease providing controlled access to series headings in bibliographic records. The group's report included recommendations for libraries wishing to continue providing controlled access to series, as well as recommendations for libraries that do not wish to do so. The task group decided almost unanimously to endorse continued controlled access to series titles in cataloging records. The group's report is available at: http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/committees/cataloging/controlledseriesaccess/.
Two new advisory groups were constituted. The Descriptive Cataloging Policy Advisory Working Group has as its charge to:
- Advise and make informal and official recommendations to the TS-SIS Executive Board regarding AALL positions on national descriptive cataloging policies and standards, including development and revision of cataloging and metadata codes.
- Advise and make informal recommendations to the AALL Representative to CC:DA on national descriptive cataloging policies and standards, including development and revision of cataloging and metadata codes.
- Advise and make informal recommendations to the Law Library of Congress catalog liaison and to the Library of Congress/Cataloging Policy and Support Office representative to AALL regarding descriptive cataloging policies and practices.
This group is heavily involved in reviewing draft sections of RDA (Resource Description and Access) and formulating responses from the law library perspective. The current chair of this group is Ann Sitkin of Harvard. More detailed information about the group, its mission and its activities is available at: http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/committees/cataloging/descriptivecataloging/.
The charge of the Classification and Subject Cataloging Policy Advisory Working Group is to:
- Advise and make both informal and official recommendations as required to the TS-SIS Executive Board regarding AALL positions on Library of Congress classification schedules and subject cataloging policies and standards, including development and revision of classification schedules, and subject cataloging policies and practices.
- Advise and make informal recommendations to the AALL Representative to the ALA Subject Analysis Committee (SAC) on subject cataloging policies and standards.
- Advise and make informal recommendations to the Law Library of Congress catalog liaison and to the Library of Congress/Cataloging Policy and Support Office representative to AALL regarding subject cataloging and classification policies and issues.
This group is presently in the process of reviewing the second edition of Bill Benemann's Genre Terms for Law Materials: a Thesaurus in anticipation of LC's eventual implementation of these terms in bibliographic and authority records. They have also undertaken the task of reviewing Marie Whited's draft revision of the KF1 form table. The current chair of this group is Ellen McGrath of SUNY Buffalo, who is completing former chair Robert Rendall's term. More detailed information about the group, its mission and its activities is available at: http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/committees/cataloging/classification/.
In the fall of 2006, the Task Group on Standards for Vendor-supplied Bibliographic Records was formed. Its charge is to:
- Develop guidelines for vendors to assist them in following PCC's MARC Record Guide for Monograph Aggregator Vendors (http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/vendorguiderevised.pdf)
- Offer to assist vendors who wish to produce cataloging metadata, by a) encouraging them to provide sample bibliographic records for evaluation; b) assist vendors in preparation of specifications for contract cataloging; c) recommend changes and revisions as appropriate (list illustrative, not prescriptive)
- Develop ways to encourage vendors to make arrangements with authority control vendors, e.g. MARCIVE, to supply current authority data for the cataloging produced.
- Develop and disseminate evaluations/reviews of the cataloging data to TS-SIS members
Terri Saye of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill currently chairs this group. Their report can be viewed at: http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/committees/cataloging/vendorbibrecords/.
Monica Kauppi of Columbia University has assumed leadership of the New Catalogers' Roundtable as its facilitator. In this role, Monica has arranged for an email list to be set up to enhance communication among the Round Table's members; enlisted the help of several very experienced, nationally recognized law catalogers to serve as consultants for the group; and has established a web presence that will serve as a resource for the group, possibly incorporating a blog and/or wiki at some point in the future. She has also updated an important bibliography of resources for law catalogers that had not been updated since 1997. The New Catalogers' Roundtable web page may be viewed at: http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/committees/cataloging/newcatalogers/.